Mindhorn

Julian Barratt plays TV actor Richard Thorncroft, whose popular detective series MINDHORN was a staple of entertainment some years back. The man who had a bionic eye which could see the truth. 

Now there’s a real crime and the suspect will only talk to the fictional detective. So Mindhorn is back! 

The team behind this are known for some great work and I was surprised to hear poor reviews come in ahead of watching this. Since my expectations were lowered I think that may have contributed to my enjoyment. 

I enjoyed it all. Daft, funny and inventive. 

Steve Coogan features along with co writer Simon Farnaby, Russell Tovey and even Kenneth Branagh. 
In the same vein as Alan Partridge.  

Kubo and the two strings (2016) 

Director: Travis Knight

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins

Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron. 


Laika studios have done it again. After the wobble (in my opinion) that was The Boxtrolls, the magic is captured again as this far eastern flavoured tale of a split apart family, delights both the eye and heart. 

The boy Kubo learns he must acquire a magical armour if he is to survive his aunts and grandfather as they seek his other eye, the first which they took when he was a baby. That brings me to the darkness at its heart and it’s been the same since Coraline where eyes were swapped for buttons. 

It’s as though these films are made for adults who are kids at heart firstly and then made acceptable for young ones to view if they can handle it. 

The use of origami is masterful and no doubt painstakingly recreated. The Laika humour is peppered throughout and is brilliantly delivered by Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes and Charlize Theron and not forgetting Art Parkinson as Kubo. 

The evil aunt sisters are voiced by Rooney Mara and are like something from Clive Barkers horror novels. 

In short I loved it. But I still love Paranorman and Coraline more. 

The themes of death and revenge are not played for a kiddie crowd but delivered in black and white touching any audience member who has dealt with a dying family member and bringing tears of understanding. 

Just a beautifully constructed piece of storytelling and yet one that the whole family will take something from. 


C Whitehouse 2016