Review: Final Fantasy VII Remake

As someone who didn’t grow up with the 1997 original that is so beloved by a huge proportion of gamers (and I might say blindly) there’s something to talk about with the remake that released in 2020. So let it be said: the original Final Fantasy VII… is overrated. If you didn’t grow up with…

Review: Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Before we get into this review, I want to say something very quickly. It has been twenty months since I’ve been to the cinema; the last film I saw was Disney’s Onward, back in April 2020, just before the full lockdown was in place for the public sector. It has been tough, and I have…

Banter: The Matrix Rebooted?

So the long rumoured Matrix 4 has got itself a trailer, and the Internet sways in its wake. Many questions have been raised, and theories are flying around fast. The film that pioneered the digital age at the turn of the millennium, and sold thousands of black trench coats, is coming back. But in what…

Review: Black Widow

A Marvel movie saddled with a lot to do, a pandemic, and time jumps. Yet it came out entertaining enough. Set before the events of the Avengers taking on the universal threat of Thanos, and just after she found herself on the run having sided with Steve Rogers, Natasha finds herself tangled in a plot…

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…