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90% #OutOf100 – Spike Lee’s Series Reboot of She’s Gotta Have It. You’ve Gotta Watch It.

The problem with writing reviews after watching something which speaks so directly to your soul is that it’s difficult to hide behind your reviewer’s shield. There’s no time to wait for the emotions to get back into their lock-boxes when the deadline calls. Here goes. Spike Lee deserves dissertation-length words about him, his work and his legacy. This is a pre-apology, because… time. She’s Gotta Have It (SGHI) the 2017 series based on Mr. Lee’s 1986 first ever feature film of the same name will have landed on Netflix by the time you’re reading this review. The film in a nutshell – Beautiful Nola Darling...

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85% #OutOf100: Thor: Ragnarok is Silly, Over the Top and Really Quite Good.

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment of the Thor narrative after, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and it’s the fifth time we’ve seen Thor on screen – he appears in Avengers Assemble (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). I do love Marvel films, and the whole superhero thing, but not overly invested. When Thor was next to be adapted I was mostly happy that Idris Elba was cast as the all seeing Norse God, Heimdall. This is when colourblind casting works. (Quiet geeks). I’m not even going to pretend that I remember all the threads and tales of Thor’s journey as the superhero who looks like he belongs on...

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92% #OutOf100 ‘The Shape of Water’ BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review

Opening proceedings with a dreamy underwater scene full of floating furniture, ‘The Shape of Water’ which premiered at this years London Film Festival is a noir sci fi fantasy executed masterfully in typical abstract fashion by director Guillermo del Toro. He directs this unusual tale about a mute named Elisa (played by the superb Sally Hawkins – The Hollow Crown (2016); Paddington (2014)) who forms an unlikely relationship with a highly classified top secret creature. Elisa has become weary of her cleaner job within a US lab and craves for something to feel affectionate about. So when an unknown humanoid creature suddenly arrives at the lab she...

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