Author Archives: Alfie Parsons

The Front Runner

Whilst the current landscape of American politics is translating overseas, in 1988, a huge political scandal in the States didn’t have that impact. Gary Hart hasn’t become a staple of our common knowledge. Political supporters aside, the most basic understanding of Hart’s campaign is that he had an affair with Donna Rice, which ruined his chance of becoming President of the United States. Jason Reitman takes us on an in-depth journey into the sudden downfall of Hart’s campaign.

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My Top Films of 2018

As I always say, if you think any year wasn’t a good year for cinema, you haven’t been looking hard enough. 2018 has drawn to a close and it’s time for the annual tradition of critics to rank their favourites of the year. This list is personal and totally based on my feelings alone so don’t feel like I’m telling you what to enjoy, but if you missed any of these I’d recommend trying to find them ASAP. So without further ado, here’s my quick round up of 25-11 before my more detailed Top 10

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A night at Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

Avengers may as well be my middle name as over the last 10 years I’ve grown up and loved reading, watching and playing anything Marvel based. The newest location for the worldwide phenomenon that is Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is right in my back garden at the Excel Centre in London. So when I was invited to a press night there, it was a no brainer I would be attending. Here’s what I made of the event.

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Review: King of Crime

King of Crime is so ambitious with the amount of twist and turns it wants to add into its narrative that it eventually crumbles under its own pressure. What makes the opening grab your attention soon turns into an eye rolling routine. By attempting to live up to the early plot twists, it actually managed to remove the impact of every subsequent twist by over using them.

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London Film Festival 2018 Review: Dragged Across Concrete

Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their just due. Despite a synopsis that sounds pretty standard, this is anything but. Unafraid to show us totally different lives and stories without much context to begin with, Dragged Across Concrete plays the slow game with its build up towards its magnificent endgame. While we know everything will soon link up, there’s no rush in showing us how. There are a lot of moving parts within and while certain characters get more development, everyone is given just enough time to leave an impression as well as an impact on the narrative.

Read my full review over at Review Avenue