Tom Davies

Tom is a collector. That's his excuse for owning six copies of The Hobbit. When the amount of physical media in his house becomes too much, he moves house.

If you have a question about comics, films or music, he can probably answer it.

He accepts that magnetic tape is a trash medium but won't throw out all his VHS movies and audio cassettes.

His opinions on film are consistently right.

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    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review
    Everyone's favourite on-screen nutcase, Nicolas Cage, is so game to be lovingly skewered in this odd movie mash-up. But is the movie weird enough?  
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    The Northman Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Northman Movie Review
    Following creepy success in The Witch and stark madness in The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers's Viking saga is a masterfully crafted, full-throated berserker roar.  
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    Antlers (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Antlers (Sky/NOW) Movie Review
    Producer Guillermo Del Toro presents a combination of First Nations folklore and modern societal and industrial decay in Scott Cooper’s down-to-earth horror/creature feature.  
    7
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    You Are Not My Mother Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    You Are Not My Mother Movie Review
    Folk horror meets mental illness and parental toxicity in Kate Dolan’s debut, a film which has you questioning whether we need to invent supernatural explanations for horrifying human behaviours.  
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    Morbius Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Morbius Movie Review
    Ploughing through the catalogue of incidental Spider-Man characters, Sony offers up a movie about that most necrotic of super-anti-heroes, Dr Michael Morbius... and in keeping with its vampiric themes, it both bites and sucks.  
    4
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    Moon Knight (Disney+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Moon Knight (Disney+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    With Moon Knight arriving on Disney+ Marvel tries something a little different, venturing a ways down the horror-comedy route, but getting off to a rather inauspicious start.  
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    Boiling Point (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Boiling Point (Netflix) Movie Review
    Stephen Graham gives a masterful performance in Philip Barantini’s tense, one-cut character portrait of a chef having the worst night of his life which comes to Netflix after a limited theatrical run.  
    8
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    Fresh (Disney+) 4K Dolby Vision Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Fresh (Disney+) 4K Dolby Vision Movie Review
    Coming in on a mini wave of thrillers which take their cues from the horrors of dating, Mimi Cave’s Fresh is a cut above most. But does it make a meal of its blend of grisly horror and dark comedy?  
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    Followers Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Followers Movie Review
    Found footage horror-comedy Followers introduces us to a whole host of narcissistic, aggro, selfish and generally annoying characters and then asks us to spend 80 minutes with them in this social satire with a lot of lost potential.  
    4
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    Star Trek: Picard (Amazon) Season 2 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Star Trek: Picard (Amazon) Season 2 Premiere TV Show Review
    Picking up from a tone and pace set by the first season, Picard returns with more of the same (slightly less existential angst maybe) and a very poor first episode.  
    4
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    The Batman (IMAX) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Batman (IMAX) Movie Review
    The Batman returns to face one of his most cerebral villains, The Riddler, in Matt Reeves' re-imagining of the character... and it's one of the most visually sumptuous superhero movies of recent years.  
    8
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    Old Henry (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Old Henry (Sky/NOW) Movie Review
    Potsy Ponciroli’s western spin on A History of Violence comes to Sky, crafting a solid Western, hitting all the beats of isolation and danger inherent in a frontier lifestyle but struggling against a slightly awkward script.  
    7
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    Severance (Apple TV+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Severance (Apple TV+) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    Apple TV+ continues its winning streak with its latest science fiction series, a cutting comedy thriller based around office politics and memory manipulation.  
    8
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    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Netflix) Movie Review
    50 years after the events of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface resurfaces to terrorise a new group of teens and one very P.O.ed Sally Hardesty. He's been busy presumably. Making those little wooden owl sculptures. His chainsawmanship has really come on lately.  
    4
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    Uncharted Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Uncharted Movie Review
    Sony adapts the beloved series of videogames by Naughty Dog for the big screen, bringing along a likeable Tom Holland and a regrettable Mark Wahlberg for the ride. But can it be better than the sum of its parts?  
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    Titane Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Titane Movie Review
    The Palm d’Or winner at Cannes last year finally debuts on streaming in the UK and it is a virtuoso tour de force of body horror, femininity, unconditional love and autophilia.  
    8
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    From Below Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    From Below Movie Review
    Following in the footsteps of scary-ocean-survive-hard-sharks-come movies like Open Water and The Shallows, Lê-Van Kiet, director of Furie, Vietnam’s highest grossing movie ever, ventures into the open waters of bad green screen and CGI sharks.  
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    Pam & Tommy (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Pam & Tommy (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review
    A videotape, a disgruntled contractor with links to the porn industry, and the most iconic power couple of their time make for a solid period drama of nineties excess. But does Pam & Tommy have anything to say about the manipulative systems that shot its eponymous characters into infamy?  
    7
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    In From the Cold (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    In From the Cold (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Another shot at setting up an ongoing genre show falls entirely flat for half of its first season but turns it around in one of the strangest jumps in quality ever witnessed from a Netflix show.  
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    Archive 81 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Archive 81 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    Rebecca Sonnenshine's adaptation of the popular podcast leans into its influences, bringing together Polanski and Kubrick (and adding a little Tarkovsky for effect) to build a tale of cults, covens and meticulous tape restoration.  
    7
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    Licorice Pizza Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Licorice Pizza Movie Review
    Given a limited release at the start of the year before opening wider this weekend, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is a beautiful, hazy trip into early 70's LA.  
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    The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple TV+) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple TV+) Movie Review
    Joel Coen's masterful adaptation of the Scottish play may be full of sound and fury, but this is no tale told by an idiot.  
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    Mother/Android (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Mother/Android (Netflix) Movie Review
    Straight from Hulu in the US to Netflix in the UK, Chloe Grace Moretz styles out this very tame clash of 28 Days Later and A Quiet Place which features very little of either androids or motherhood.  
    5
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    Don't Look Up (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Don't Look Up (Netflix) Movie Review
    Adam McKay's Chicken Little for adults is just shy of being funny, just shy of being insightful and just shy of being a good movie. What it isn't shy of is impotently railing at the stupidity of government and media.  
    5
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    Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review
    The multiverse gets mixed up and only Spider-Man can fix it and Marvel rediscovers how to make big-impact tent-pole blockbusters with the Spectacular, Sensational, Astonishing and Amazing 'No Way Home'.  
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    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Movie Review
    The Resident Evil franchise reboots with a much more faithful adaptation of the source material, but what's gained from blow-by-blow videogame story retelling?  
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    Riders of Justice (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Riders of Justice (Sky/NOW) Movie Review
    In Anders Thomas Jensen’s black comedy, Mads Mikkelsen takes on a biker gang in a movie about accidents, coincidences, computer hacking, large Danish barns and, perhaps most surprisingly, the psychological toll caused by a quest for revenge.  
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    Cowboy Bebop (Netflix) Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Cowboy Bebop (Netflix) Season 1 TV Show Review
    The genre defining “bounty hunter in space” story, Cowboy Bebop, returns to television screens after more than twenty years. Bringing live action and faithful production design but leaving behind the Real Folk Blues and, sadly, any heart.  
    5
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    The Wheel of Time (Amazon) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Wheel of Time (Amazon) Season 1 Premiere TV Show Review
    With Amazon still searching for its Game of Thrones, the adaptation of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s best-selling series of novels manages to mostly set aside teen angst to craft an uneven but pacey high fantasy adventure.  
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    Red Notice (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Red Notice (Netflix) Movie Review
    Continuing the streak of thievery themed Netflix output, Red Notice is a vacuous husk of a heist movie with a lot of star power, some odd daddy issues, and very little else.  
    4
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    Last Night in Soho Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Last Night in Soho Movie Review
    With a full turn towards horror, Edgar Wright has crafted a modern ghost story that displays all the hallmarks of his greatness and still manages to fall short with a confused angle on sexual dynamics.  
    7
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    Dune (2021) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Dune (2021) Movie Review
    Denis Villeneuve's science fiction epic finally comes to cinema screens and it's a beautifully crafted and truly unique piece of big-budget cinema.  
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    Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review
    Venom: Let There Be Carnage delivers exactly what anyone could reasonably expect, which is to say more of the same. A messy, flabby, ironically toothless affair that provides a little light superhero entertainment.  
    5
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    In The Earth Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    In The Earth Movie Review
    Ben Wheatley’s latest descent into madness is a primary coloured, hallucinogenic nightmare which still manages to squeeze in a little humour and a good chunk of body horror.  
    8
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    No Sudden Move (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    No Sudden Move (Sky/NOW) Movie Review
    Steven Soderbergh returns to his favourite genre for a disorienting and labyrinthine crime caper with an all-star cast. But this is definitely not Ocean’s 11.  
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    Midnight Mass (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Midnight Mass (Netflix) TV Show Review
    A heady mix of Stephen King and… other, different Stephen King, new horror maestro, Mike Flanagan’s wholly original supernatural/religious fear-spinner comes to Netflix a full month before Halloween. Timing.  
    7
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    Foundation (Apple TV+) Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Foundation (Apple TV+) Season 1 TV Show Review
    The first episodes of AppleTV+’s adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s chronicle of the downfall of the Galactic Empire are a lavishly produced but extremely wooden affair. UPDATED: full season review  
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    The Green Knight (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Green Knight (Amazon) Movie Review
    David Lowery’s sumptuous retelling of Arthurian myth is equal parts richly textured period piece and psychedelic road movie. Easy Horse Rider, if you like.  
    8
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    Prisoners of the Ghostland Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Prisoners of the Ghostland Movie Review
    Sion Sono’s first film in English is a post-apocalyptic neo-noir where Nic Cage gets a bomb strapped to each testicle so that he can rescue a cowboy's daughter from a Samurai thunderdome. This sounds too good to be true...  
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    American Horror Stories (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    American Horror Stories (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review
    The opening episode of Ryan Murphy’s latest take on his anthology show returns to its roots with a trip back to the Murder House. But is there still a story worth telling there if Jessica Lange isn’t there to help tell it?  
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