Banter: Time of Tunes

Remember when movies had affiliated pop songs? Between the late eighties and early 2000s, having a single in the charts to promote your movie was a pretty big deal, and major blockbuster releases would be complete with a singer/songwriter providing their skills. Not even an “inspired by” album, or a pre-existing song being licensed for…

Review: Soul

Gorgeous Pixar movie with a neat little premise, but just lacks a little something… Aspiring Jazz pianist Joe Gardener is trapped teaching music lessons at a local High School, and just when his big break is around the corner… he dies. But when he rejects his fate and runs from the light, his soul finds…

Review: My Life as a Courgette

It took a really long time to finally watch, and yeah, it was alright. After a terrible accident, a boy named Courgette finds himself orphaned and taken to an orphanage. Once there he learns that he isn’t alone, that life can still be kind, and perhaps everyone has their own problems to bear. A French…

Review: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Blowing the dust off my review writing abilities… Who’d have thought Cinema Cocoa would come back with a review of the Mortal Kombat remake, of all things? Two realms, Earthrealm and Savagerealm, also known as Outworld, are in a perpetual battle for dominance in a violent tournament called Mortal Kombat. The Outworld inhabitants need only…

Video Games of 2020

With only eight films watched this year, you might be wondering what else I possibly got up to during the year. Well, one of the distractions I provided myself was video games.Having always played games, especially since the early 90s with the Amiga 500, and having studied to work in the games industry, video games…

Films of 2020

So the year 2020 needs no summary really, everyone knows it has been hard, and everyone has been affected by it in some way. During the pandemic, which hit the United Kingdom mid-March, I have done my utmost to prevent the situation from getting worse. I may be only one person, but I’ll be damned…

Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Staying true to yourself is the message ringing through this hit-and-miss sequel. Set several decades after the events of the first film, we see that Diana Prince has settled down to modern living, but still misses her one true love, Steve Trevor. But when an unremarkable looking stone emerges and appears to grant wishes, perhaps…

Review: Mulan (2020)

An at times bizarre, but more often mediocre, experience from Disney. Yet another live action adaptation that no one asked for. Hua Mulan, one of two daughters, must assume the role as a warrior in secret as the country readies for war, to save her father’s life. Despite doing so potentially bringing her family great…

Banter: James Bond themes Ranked

Now firstly, I am no expert in music theory, and I don’t have an ear for picking up on talented performances in music. But I do love the Bond themes, and I have immense respect for the franchise maintaining this tradition in each and every film. In some ways, I look as forward to the…

Banter: Star Wars – Ranked

Since “Skywalker Saga” has officially ended, and the franchise-to-end-all-franchises has met a sort of impasse, it seems right to rank the current theatrical released films. That is to say, we won’t be including the animated Clone Wars movie, or the two Ewok movies from the 1980s. Personal feelings definitely enter into construction of this list,…