Simon Williams

Simon is only too happy to admit that The Last Jedi is everything he has ever wanted from a Star Wars film.

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Instead of doing a rundown of the flaws of this superhero movie Simon would rather transcribe a story, to the best of his ability, as he is sure it all happened.

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The Florida Project, Sean Baker’s new, funny, thoughtful, poignant and beautiful film is a realist fairy tale, a gorgeous 35mm technical experiment, a heartbreaking character drama and a staggering documentation of the many possible meanings of the word “bitch”.

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Very different kind of article this time round. Let’s have a serious discussion on mental illness.

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‘Wonder Woman’ is good but not for the reasons you think it is.

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Why do I do this? Why do I spend this much time and mental energy on this fruitless task? Why doesn’t my mother look me in the eye anymore? I don’t know! Let’s talk 2016!

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Normally I write my reviews immediately after seeing the film, but with ‘La La Land’ I did no such thing. After a month, how does it hold up?

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Animated film ‘Miss Hokusai’ is a contemplative, rather Zen experience.

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‘Suicide Squad’ basically made Simon lose his mind.

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For awhile after seeing ‘Lights Out’ I wondered if my enjoyment of the film was for not entirely respectable reasons, if I enjoyed it for reasons closer to that of an MST3K film than that of a truly solid genre effort. But you know what? If something is fun I’m gonna tell the world it’s fun, and dammit this film is fun.

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I enjoyed The Music of Strangers quite a lot. It’s no masterpiece, nor necessarily worth multiple viewings, but it’s a strong effort from a fine documentarian.

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So no, Demoltion isn’t really a good film, but it shines at its most core element.

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One good thing about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice? I’m pretty sure a hell of a drinking game can be made around it. Every time Batman crashes into something: take a drink. Every time Lex Luthor monologues about God: take a drink. Every time Lois Lane gets trapped or captured: take a drink.

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Roger Eggers’ debut feature ‘The Witch’ is cold, morbid, oft switching moods between the terrible and the sanguine. ‘Tis able to both cause thought and fear, and thus may be even more a spectacle.

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Hail Caesar! stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johannsen, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, personal favorite Ralph Fiennes and features small turns from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and a poorly dubbed Christopher Lambert who I could’ve sworn was dead. With that many stars one wonders how even the Coen Company could handle it. The answer: they don’t.

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