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…

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…

Review: The Flight of Dragons

Imagine a time before DVDs, before the Internet, before streaming services. A time when you had to go outside, and to your local video rental store if you wanted to watch a new movie. A time when here, in the UK, we had four television channels; cable did not exist. A time when phones were…

Review: Darkest Hour

A somewhat fanciful interpretation of history, but a very compelling and enthralling one. United Kingdom, May 1940, and the Germany Nazi forces have begun their takeover of Europe. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom is anything but; with the current Prime Minister being deemed unfit for the task by his own party and the opposing party. Appointed…

Review: Onward

A surprisingly entertaining and mould-breaking experience from Pixar studios. In a world of monsters and magic, now progressed into a contemporary world with jobs, cars, and homes, two elven brothers have reconciled with the loss of their father. But the youngest, Ian, never knew his father, but a forgotten magic might be able to bring…

Review: The Invisible Man

Like the Joker rising from the flailing DCEU, The Invisible Man is a surprising turn of events. After escaping a life living with her abuser, Cecilia tries to go back to living a normal life. Yet even after the news of his death, she can’t quite accept that he is gone. Is it the trauma,…

Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

A definition that “bad press is better than no press”. An alien creature is transported to our world and finds himself hunted by a secret Government organisation. All he has is his wits, speed, and his human friends. It is disappointing that Sonic the Hedgehog beat Detective Pikachu in opening weekend box office, as it…

Review: Parasite

A tremendous victory at the Academy Awards is justified. A poor family in South Korea begin set their sights on a wealthy family’s home, using their con artist skills to improve their everyday lives. But how far can it be pushed? For many western audiences, Parasite will have come completely out of the blue. A…