The Banshees of Inisherin

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4 STARS

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan

2017 was the last time we heard (or rather saw) anything from Martin McDonagh, with his critically acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri being drenched in many award nominations and wins. Before that we had 2012’s crime/comedy caper Seven Psychopaths and the one that kicked it all off in 2008, the delightfully dark and equally hilarious In Bruges. Finally, McDonagh returns with another darkly humourous tale to whet our dreary appetites once more. Has McDonagh managed to retain his signature style of mixing comedy with drama and finely written characters, or has our patience been all for naught?

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A Christmas Movie Guide

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There are SO many Christmas themed movies that it can be difficult to decide what to watch and when. I’ve curated a bunch of my favourites and divided them into my personal preference of watching them on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There are also some special mentions that can be watched any time in the lead up to Christmas. So, take a look, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Black Adam

2 STARS

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Cenitneo, Quintessa Swindell, Sarah Shahi, Bodhi Sabongui, Mohammed Amer, Marwan Kenzari

Let’s get really honest for just a sec: DC and Warner Bros. haven’t exactly had a good time of it with their movies. Things started off okay with Man of Steel in 2013, but somehow everything seemed to go downhill from there. In my opinion, they fared a little better with 2017’s Wonder Woman, but again, things took a turn after that. The movies haven’t been particularly consistent or well thought out, and, frankly, Marvel Studios and Disney just do a far superior job of bringing a cinematic universe to life. Now, almost ten years after the DCEU began, we have the latest offering in Black Adam. Is DC finally breathing some new life into the worn out DCEU, or should Black Adam have remained buried for all eternity?

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Tiny Tapes Reviews – October 2022

So it has been a little while since the last TTR… my bad… but life has been a little… well, you know.
But here we are again with a few more short and snappy reviews! As much as I’d love to delve deeply into each film, time contstraints limit my brain power. But that’s enough of that, let’s get into it!

October’s TTRs consists of: Blue Bayou, The Garden of Words, Incantation, ‘Everything, Everywhere, All At Once’, The Matrix Resurrections, Don’t Make Me Go, Lightyear, The Gray Man and Pinocchio.

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Nope

3 STARS

Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Jacob Kim

When you think of Jordan Peele (if you do at all), what comes to mind? His mega-hit Get Out? His other unsettling dystopian movie, Us? Maybe his comedy collaborations with Keegan-Michael Key? Or perhaps just as a voice from Toy Story 4? Whatever you think (or don’t think) of Peele, I bet one of the last things you’d associate him with is aliens. Horror, yes, but UFOs? Certainly not. Yet, here we are, with Peele’s latest project brimming with physical horror (mainly) rather than psychological. It’s always good for a filmmaker to branch out, see if they have hidden talents in any other genre, keeping them from repeating the same tropes again and again. Has Peele found another string to add to his bow, or has he strayed too far from the formula that has worked for him previously?

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