Retrospective Reviews: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Watch this as soon as you can… Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T2) is surely one of the greatest sequels of all time. Everything great about the original is plugged into an amplifier and made even better. The special effects are more cutting-edge than before, and still hold up nearly thirty years later. Its storyline has …

Retrospective Reviews: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Watch this as soon as you can… Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece, is being rereleased in cinemas for its 40th Anniversary. There are many reasons to re-watch this classic piece of cinema. This has to be seen on the big screen, even if you have seen it countless times before. Its cinematic …

Retrospective Reviews: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

By the time the Avengers assembled, Marvel Studios and Kevin Fiege had found their formula. They found a rhythm which most of the later Marvel Cinematic Universe films would follow- a rhythm that echoes Iron Man more than it does Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, both released in 2008. Starring Edward Norton, this film is …

Retrospective Reviews: Jackie Brown (1997)

Watch this as soon as you can… Coming second in a tournament will always appear disappointing if you have already won the same competition; likewise, creating an impressive piece of cinema will always be considered a disappoint if you are making a follow-up to what is widely, and rightfully, considered to be one of the …

Retrospective Reviews: Mean Streets (1973)

Wait until you can stream it… Director Martin Scorsese described one of his earliest films as an “an attempt to put myself and my old friends on the screen, to show how we lived, what life was like in Little Italy. It was really an anthropological or a sociological tract”. The second half of this …

Retrospective Reviews: Inception (2010)

Watch this as soon as you can… In Rick and Morty’s second episode, “Lawnmower Dog”, the eponymous drunk scientist describes Inception as “everybody’s favourite movie”. I felt personally attacked by this comment. Liking this movie is so common that it is almost cliché. My opinion became the same as everyone else’s. Earlier, Rick frames any …

Retrospective Reviews: Blade Runner (1982/1992)

Watch this as soon as you can… Watching this film today, it is hard to believe it is merely set in 2019. It was made this year. The original version was released in 1982, with a director’s cut coming out ten years later. Yet, the stunning representation of a dystopian, decaying, much more mechanic version …

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