Tomb Raider – Review

Tomb Raider, Roar Uthaug, 2018 There are two elements that make Tomb Raider, an otherwise entirely unremarkable piece of hackwork, watchable. The first is that it operates predominantly as a survival picture. That's distinct from the origin tale doldrums of try/fail/train/succeed to which the pestiferous superhero genre seems to have consigned blockbuster storytelling, and - with… Continue reading Tomb Raider – Review

Faces Places – Review

Faces Places, Agnès Varda and JR, 2017 Fine, you've dragged it out of me: I don't like street art. It's annoying and facile and its doyens seem the sort of self-regarding pseuds more interested in being provocative than actually interesting. As a term its affected edginess ('not your mother's' art) and genesis as a sort of… Continue reading Faces Places – Review

Mute – Review

Mute, Duncan Jones, 2018 Any proper reference to 'cyberpunk' worth its salt will also see fit to invoke the genre’s godfather, William Gibson. This is good critical protocol. Yet the overwhelmingly negative reaction among critics to Duncan Jones’ new SF-noir Mute suggests few ever made it past the first sentence of Neuromancer: “the sky above… Continue reading Mute – Review