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The November Blogs: The Outfit

The Outfit is Graham Moore’s directorial debut and it does not show at All. Scripted by Moore and Jonathan McClain, The film, all set inside Leonard Burling (Mark Rylance)’s Chicago tailor’s shop is as precise and methodical as Burling. Just as ruthless too. Burling is a polite, gentle man with a sparky assistant and the […]

The November Blogs: The Outfit

Kindness in Darkness: Doctor Sleep

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Doctor Sleep is the kindest horror movie I’ve seen this decade. It’s also the most

Kindness in Darkness: Doctor Sleep

The Party’s Just Beginning

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Liusaidh (pronounced Lucy) is fine. She’s FINE. Her best friend Alistair (Matthew Beard) killed

The Party’s Just Beginning

Saving The Man of Tomorrow

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. My favorite Son of Krypton is back in the news. Henry Cavill has made

Saving The Man of Tomorrow

Ad Astra

Here are three statements which are going to seem contradictory. Ad Astra tries very hard to explore the horrors of toxic masculinity. It succeeds, but does so in a way that will actively annoy many audiences.. You should probably watch it anyway. In the near(ish) future, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is working on the kilometers tall

Ad Astra

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

That was FUN! He said with a combination of relief and surprise! Here’s the thing, I don’t mind Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom. Fallen Kingdom, whatever the Hell literally every decision made about Toby Jones’ character was aside, is actually a surprisingly good and emotionally resonant time. The commodification of the dinosaurs makes perfect sense, as does the way that

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

Okay first off that’s not Dora. That’s what happens when photoshop googles ‘absinthe’. It’s a shame any time that sort of crime against cinematography and facial structure happens but double so with a movie like this. This? is Dora. And this is one of the best movies not enough people will see this year. Dora and

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

The Dead Don’t Die

This piece originally appeared as part of my BFS Award nominated weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. The best way to spot a Jim Jarmusch movie

The Dead Don’t Die

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black

Men in Black, with a couple of decades distance, is possibly the oddest pre-millennial blockbuster ever made. It’s marketed as the story of a young hip NYPD officer discovering the true nature of the world and there’s certainly a lot of that. But there’s also a unique and memorably horrible villain, moments of genuine poignancy

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black

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