BGN Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

Oh, where do I begin? Shall I start with expressing how, in all my years, I’ve never been so tempted to leave a movie theater? Shall I start by saying this franchise needs to die a death quicker than the run time of its movies or should I start by saying what on earth...

BGN Film Review: ‘Get Out’

I beseech anyone reading this review to avoid the trailer for Get Out at all costs. It’s not just because of spoilers – although it is overridden with them – but mainly because it doesn’t trust its story in the same way that the finished product on the screen does. The same could be...

BGN Film Review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

When toys are adapted into film or television they are usually positioned as an obvious cash-grab. Whether it’s Care Bears, G.I. Joe, or Transformers, this is how business is done. That is why the original Lego Movie was such an unexpected surprise, being substantially more than an extended advertisement for a 70-year old set...

Mifune: The Last Samurai Review

  I distinctly remember the day that Akira Kurosawa died, but not Toshiro Mifune. I was living in a rooming-house at the time, listening to WSOU 89.5FM, the college radio station broadcast from New Jersey’s Seaton Hall, which seemed to play all the music deemed too severe for NYC’s pop/rock stations of the era. Current...