Film bits and bobs

Spirited Away (2001)

First published by Movie Gazette Here’s a recipe for an enchanting spell: carefully distil The Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland, add a dollop of Grimms’ fairy tales, a soupçon of The … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

First published by LWLies “Once upon a time, long long ago, there lived an old bamboo woodcutter…” Along with the exquisitely layered and painted parchments that we see at the … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: In this stop-motion steampunk fairytale from the production company behind Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012), a young foundling and his adoptive monsters resist scapegoating … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Harvest (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks What greater signifier could there be of all-American normality than a baseball game? The Harvest opens with a Little League match in the weekend … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Selfish Giant (2013)

First published by EyeforFilm. Oscar Wilde’s 1888 Christian short story for children The Selfish Giant may have ‘inspired’ Clio Barnard’s feature of the same name, but the relationship between the … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hansel and Gretel (2007)

Review first published by EyeforFilm. “In this world, in an unimaginably strange place, a deep forest that we could suddenly fall into exists somewhere out there,” states Lee Eun-soo (Chun … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Review first appeared in Sight & Sound, May 2013 (in a shorter version) Synopsis: Cloister, Albion. The boy Jack was reared on bedtime stories of man-eating giants banished to the … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Review first published in S&S Jul 2012 Synopsis: Shortly after young Snow White’s mother dies, Ravenna enchants Snow’s father King Magnus and murders him on their wedding night. Snow’s playmate … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

My review for Film4. Synopsis: Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) retells Jack And The Beanstalk as a live-action/CGI/3D extravaganza. Review: “Well that went down better than I expected,” declares farmboy … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 1 Comment


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