All posts by Mark Miller

War for the Planet of the Apes is The Most Emotionally Satisfying Film I’ve Seen in Ages (Review)

War For the Planet of the Apes is the first Planet of the Apes movie I’ve seen since the remake with Mark Wahberg.  I was asked why I would start in a trilogy on the third film.  The answer is: because that’s what came out this week.  The other answer is because a film should stand on its own merits, even if it’s the third in a trilogy.  You should never have to have seen/read/listened to something else, in order to enjoy a movie. Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes is The Most Emotionally Satisfying Film I’ve Seen in Ages (Review)

Spider-Man Homecoming: The Best Spidey Yet, But I’m Confused… How Did He Get His Powers?! (Review)

This week – another Superhero movie, which means the Superhero Franchise Genre-Killer that I predicted has not yet come to pass.  They’re still pumping them out, so I guess I’ll still see them.  But I was confused by Spiderman: Homecoming.  Where did Spiderman get his powers?  What’s up with Aunt May – is she married?  Where are Peter Parker’s parents?  What we really need is a movie that explains all this.  Maybe we should find out where Spiderman came from before we get into his hi-jinks with the Avengers. Continue reading Spider-Man Homecoming: The Best Spidey Yet, But I’m Confused… How Did He Get His Powers?! (Review)

Despicable Me 3: Hilarious & Fun to Watch.  There Was No Part of This I Didn’t Like (Review)

I had such high hopes for Despicable Me 3.  From the trailer it looked like the plot was solid – Gru was tempted to get back to his criminal past.  That fits for me.  I loved the first Despicable Me but wasn’t too keen on the second one.  The charm of the franchise is Gru being this awkward criminal mastermind who has to deal things that a normal person would find easy but he finds impossible.  So the third, I felt, might be getting back to that. I enjoyed watching all 90 minutes of Despicable 3.  There really was no part of Despicable Me I didn’t like. Continue reading Despicable Me 3: Hilarious & Fun to Watch.  There Was No Part of This I Didn’t Like (Review)

Transformers: The Last Knight is The Perfect Summer Movie. Leave Your Brain at The Door (Review)

This week I went to see Transformers: The Last Knight.  It’s not a movie I would go to on my own but I had to review something.  It looked so bad, the fifth instalment of a series where the first movie wasn’t even that great.  I was looking forward to roasting it.  But I have to tell you, I liked it.  In the same way I liked Gods of Egypt, and for the same reasons: I liked the special effects and it was full of handsome men.  Or in this case, man.  Fair warning- this review features heavily my celebrity crush on Mark Wahlberg.  This is one of those movies that relies completely on its visual effects and fast action.  It is the very definition of a summer blockbuster. Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight is The Perfect Summer Movie. Leave Your Brain at The Door (Review)

Cars 3 is One of The Best Movies of The Year. Good Writing Rescues Anything (Review)

Okay I am exactly the wrong person to review Cars 3.  Seriously. Cars are not appealing to me, it would be like making an animated universe peopled entirely by tea bags.  I’ve used them, I’ve enjoyed using them, but they are not intrinsically interesting to me.  Neither is sports, (can’t stand sports movies) which is what the Cars are a metaphor for.  It’s a sequel to a movie I didn’t watch.  This wasn’t going to be a favourable review.   So imagine my surprise – Cars 3 was amazing.  It is an example where good writing can make up for almost anything else. Continue reading Cars 3 is One of The Best Movies of The Year. Good Writing Rescues Anything (Review)

The Mummy: I loved 75% of it But The Best Milkshake in The World is Still No Good if 25% of it is Shit (Review)

Oh The Mummy.  When Brendan Fraser did it in 1999, it was a wonderfully camp, kinda horror kinda action thing.  This The Mummy is something else.  I was expecting to hate the new The Mummy.  Flashy high budget remakes never work out well unless they’re musicals with Emma Watson.   But I’m here to tell you I actually fully flat-out loved about 75% of it.  It was beautiful, the design was lovely, it was beautifully shot, the stunts were amazing and I loved the CGI, it seemed to work well.  Of course, it wasn’t enough – the best milkshake in the world is still no good if 25% of it is shit.    Continue reading The Mummy: I loved 75% of it But The Best Milkshake in The World is Still No Good if 25% of it is Shit (Review)

Wonder Woman: DC Finally Makes a Decent Superhero Movie [Review]

I was never a fan of Wonder Woman, but not for the usual reasons. I’m actually not even clear on what ‘the usual reasons’ would be – I just wanted to watch Superman roam around in tights instead of some woman.  Apparently a lot of ostensibly straight men weren’t too keen on Wonder Woman either?  I went into the film with that question knowing nothing about Wonder Woman. Continue reading Wonder Woman: DC Finally Makes a Decent Superhero Movie [Review]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – A Refreshing Addition to a Tired Franchise… is the Movie I wish I’d seen [Review]

After the fourth instalment in this franchise, On Stranger Tides, I would have figured Pirates of the Caribbean would be done.  There just didn’t seem to be anything more to say.  Even the actors seemed bored.  But then number 5, Dead Men Tell No Tales came out, I thought maybe they’d stumbled on something great.   Like maybe they’d found something worth bringing all this back for another go.  After all, they weren’t going to just bang out another sequel, were they? Were they?  Well yes and no.  Up front – it was fun to watch but  certainly not up to the brilliance of the first movie, or even the second.   Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – A Refreshing Addition to a Tired Franchise… is the Movie I wish I’d seen [Review]