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Sam Draper

Akira (1988) Review

Growing up in the early ‘90s Akira had an almost mythical aura to it. The iconic black and red poster that remained stuck to the backs of video rental shop walls for years gave nothing away, daring you to take a chance and find out what the film was about.Read More

The Iron Mask (2019) Review

The Iron Mask has one selling point that any trailer you may have seen for it is very keen to force down your throat: In this film Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger are going to have a fight. The screen time given over to this event in the promotional material would have the less cynical […]Read More

Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Review

The 40th anniversary of the original Alien has been a perfect excuse to revisit Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece. The film feels as fresh today as it ever has, the simple tale of a cosmic terror unleashed on a (mostly) unsuspecting crew still a powerful and terrifying piece of cinema. Alexandre O. Phillippe’s Memory: The […]Read More

Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016) Review

Making a documentary about film scores is like making a documentary about cinematography: Almost every minute of cinema since the dawn of the medium has been scored, and so there is a lot of ground to cover. Too much ground for a 90 minute feature that works best when guiding us around recording studios and […]Read More