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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: A Relentlessly Fun Love Letter to the Pokémon franchise.

By | Action, Adventure, Comedy | No Comments

**Spoilers**

I had always been a casual fan of
the Pokémon franchise.
I had enjoyed the show as a kid, I still play many of the games to this day, and I
even briefly got on board with the Pokémon GO craze that came about in
2016. That being said, while Pokémon, to this day is still a big hit
with younger audiences, I’ve always considered it’s older demographic to be a rather niche market. Which is why I never would have expected a film
concept as shockingly outrageous as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu to be
greenlit. Pun intended.


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Bumblebee: Transforming a Tired Franchise

By | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi | 2 Comments

**Spoilers**

During its rather explosive 11 year
run, the Michael Bay-helmed Transformers film franchise hasn’t exactly
developed a particularly stellar cinematic legacy, with most productions being
widely regarded as crass, noisy, explosion-filled, soulless Hollywood drivel
with no shortage of puerile sophomoric humour and scantily clad girls draped
over car bonnets. For the longest time, this was the status-quo for this
franchise, to the point that I’d stopped caring about investing my money in
seeing these films at the cinema by the time ‘The Last Knight’ rolled around. This
simply boils down to the fact that since 2009, the mere act of watching Bay’s
transformers films, with all their typical tempestuous bombast, incoherence and
shameless product placement was in itself an exhaustive and mentally-draining
endeavour in and of itself. This speaks volumes of the sloppiness and utter
creative emptiness that Bay had invested into these films, and the knowledge
that a big budget Hollywood media franchise is comfortable to reduce itself to
such a state is utterly soul-destroying for modern cinema as a whole.


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Coco: An Animated Pixar Gem paying tribute to Día de Muertos.

By | Adventure, Animation | No Comments
**Spoilers**

When I’d first discovered that the roster for Best Animation at the 2018 Oscars had included some rather sub-par Hollywood-based productions such as Dreamworks’ Boss Baby and Blue Sky’s Ferdinand that were competing alongside some visually innovative and even ground-breaking international releases such as the spectacular UK-produced Loving Vincent, along with Cartoon Saloon’s 2017 production: The Breadwinner, I was somewhat disillusioned.
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