On Goosebumps


There is something extra pleasant about enjoying a film that you thoroughly did not expect to enjoy. In the midst of all the nostalgia-fuelled reboots, remakes and reimagining’s we are bombarded with at the cinema, Goosebumps stands out. It isn’t patronising or insulting like most kids films. There were laughs, genuinely creepy moments and enough nods to the parents in the audience to keep them entertained too. Not much more can be asked for from a kids film. Continue reading “On Goosebumps”

On German Expressionism and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

Expressionism is an art movement and form of modernism that is not just confined to film; it can be found in architecture, poetry, painting, literature, theatre, dance, music and film. Expressionist artists such as Braque, Balla and Munch sought to manipulate form instead of analysing it in the way that the Impressionist painters such as Monet and others chose to. Through this manipulation of form feelings were expressed The feeling: mostly post-World War One despair and fear Continue reading “On German Expressionism and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari”

On Deadpool

Marvel’s second attempt at the ‘merc with a mouth’ is an ultimately enjoyable one-hundred and forty-eight minutes. Deadpool, unlike an Avengers or an X-Men (more on those guys later) movie, doesn’t have huge box office draw or mass appeal due to being a relatively unknown character outside of the comic book community. Largely brought about by a Ryan Reynolds led fan campaign, the fact that this film exists is a testament to the current grasp that the superhero genre has on Hollywood. 20th Century Fox giving Deadpool his own film, as opposed to plucking him out of the Marvel archives for a final boss fight in a Wolverine movie, could literally only happen at this time of superhero saturation.

Continue reading “On Deadpool”