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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  • Movies & TV Review

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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.  
    8
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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.  
    9
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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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    149

    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'.  
    8
  • Movies & TV Review

    17

    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?  
    4
  • Movies & TV Review

    21

    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.  
    8
  • Movies & TV Review

    45

    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
  • Movies & TV Review

    111

    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.  
    6
  • Movies & TV Review

    109

    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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    27

    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
  • Movies & TV Review

    393

    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.  
    9
  • Movies & TV Review

    42

    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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    9

    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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    11

    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.  
    8
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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  
    7
  • Movies & TV Review

    89

    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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    13

    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...  
    5
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    16

    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?  
    4
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    11

    Worth (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Worth (Netflix) Movie Review
    Dealing with one of the most emotionally complex elements of the post-9/11 fallout, Worth asks for answers on how to calculate the value of someone’s life and looking to the law, to mathematics, to logic, finds them wanting.  
    7
  • Movies & TV Review

    42

    Sweet Girl (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Sweet Girl (Netflix) Movie Review
    Jason Momoa stars in a movie dealing with the weighty issue of unaffordable healthcare in the US and the impact of big pharma’s cutthroat attitude to cancer treatments on normal families… WITH PUNCH UPS.  
    3
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    47

    Reminiscence Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Reminiscence Movie Review
    Lisa Joy’s devoted homage to Film Noir is a slick piece of filmmaking that reminds us why we love the genre, and why certain elements of it could probably remain happily in the past.  
    7
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    41

    The White Lotus Season 1 (Sky / NOW) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    The White Lotus Season 1 (Sky / NOW) TV Show Review
    A dark satire on privilege and self-involvement, Mike White’s new anthology drama is a prickly and misanthropic depiction of America’s 1% that pulls very few punches.  
    8
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    138

    Jungle Cruise (Disney+) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Jungle Cruise (Disney+) Movie Review
    Drawing inspiration from a variety of classic adventure movies, Jungle Cruise is a hodge-podge of bland imitation and writing by committee. But at least The Rock is in it, I guess.  
    4
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    Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    He-Man’s back! Remember He-Man? He’s back! Kevin Smith pens a surprisingly enjoyable part soft-reboot, part continuation of the original toy advert. No, shut-up, listen, it’s actually pretty good. No, I promise it is!  
    8
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    29

    Old Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Old Movie Review
    M. Night Shyamalan's latest B-Movie romp is at its best when it leans into the schlock... which is unfortunately not quite often enough.  
    5
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    24

    Horizon Line (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Horizon Line (Amazon) Movie Review
    Alexander Dreymon’s beard goes from cool Viking guy to dirt-bag sleaze-boy with a simple change of shirt and Keith David refuses to do simple stunts like exiting a plane in Amazon’s latest whatever-the-hell-this-is.  
    3
  • Movies & TV Review

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    Loki (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Loki (Disney+) Premiere TV Show Review
    UPDATED to cover the entire series, there are MILD SPOILERS: The first episode of Marvel’s latest spin-off TV show remains a little LOW KEY but knows how to pull the stops out when it needs to.  
    9
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    Black Widow Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Black Widow Movie Review
    Marvel's Black Widow is a drama about accepting yourself, a goofy dysfunctional family sitcom, and a love letter to action movies... but mostly it's a Marvel movie.  
    7
  • Movies & TV Review

    62

    Fear Street: 1994 (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Fear Street: 1994 (Netflix) Movie Review
    The first instalment of the Netflix acquired R.L. Stine trilogy is a slick but characterless rehash of the 1990s' "teen slasher" rehash of the 1970s' and 80s' "teen slasher" genre.  
    5
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    10

    Another Round Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Another Round Movie Review
    Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-winning ‘Druk’ (‘Another Round’ in The UK and US) is a triumphant damnation of Danish drinking culture that prompts introspection on our own relationship with alcohol.  
    8
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    Fast & Furious 9 Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    Fast & Furious 9 Movie Review
    Justin Lin, the patron saint of petrol returns to the long running series with its new subtitle: The Fast Saga. But where the last two movies have stalled, can he finally kick it back into high gear for a good turnover at the box office?  
    6
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    Sweet Tooth Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    Sweet Tooth Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review
    The Netflix adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s comic series balances perfectly the childhood wonder of fairy tales with the dystopian horror of the post-apocalypse without outstaying its welcome.  
    8
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    37

    The Outpost (Amazon) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Outpost (Amazon) Movie Review
    The Outpost is a very bog-standard movie about war heroism in Afghanistan, elevated far beyond what anyone could have expected by sheer force of everybody bringing their A-game.  
    8
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    The Father Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Father Movie Review
    Anthony Hopkins astonishingly delivers a career-defining performance in Florian Zeller’s heart-breaking depiction of dementia.  
    9
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    A Quiet Place Part II Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    A Quiet Place Part II Movie Review
    The delayed sequel to horror breakout, A Quiet Place, Part II offers a small shake up of the dynamic with some efficient but familiar scares.  
    7
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    The Nevers (Sky/Now) Season 1 TV Show Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Nevers (Sky/Now) Season 1 TV Show Review
    The Nevers closes the doors to St Romaulda’s Orphanage with a mid-season finale which mostly succeeds and opens the way to a slightly more interesting show.  
    6
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    The Woman in the Window (Netflix) Movie Review

    by Tom Davies
    The Woman in the Window (Netflix) Movie Review
    Being a bit derivative is the least of the problems faced by Netflix’s recent acquisition from Tracy Letts and Joe Wright, leaving you asking the question: how can these people possibly be responsible for this film?  
    4

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