The Mandalorian, Season 2 — Disney+

Written in April 2020

Ever since streaming burst onto our browsers, studio executives and film-goers alike have wondered whether it could feasibly end cinema-going. Similar conversations gripped the publishing world when Kindle arrived, with the rallying of print providing an optimistic example for cinephiles. This Doomsday scenario hasn’t materialised just yet, but the world of distribution continues to change rapidly. As JJ Abrams, (no stranger to blockbuster releases) recently noted in the New York Times: “For a long time, people have been saying the business is changing, but that’s undeniable now. It’s on.”

Through some lenses, cinema-going appears healthy. Spearheaded…


La La Land (Dir: Damien Chazelle), 2016.

When you get to the end of a year, it’s natural to take stock. When you get to the end of the decade, everything just dials up a notch. This is especially true for film fans, reviewers, nerds and ne’er-do-wells, who find it particularly difficult to fight the compulsion to create a definitive list of the ‘best’ (or, if you’re a bit harsh, the ‘worst’.)

I am sadly no different, though I will refrain from calling this definitive. Without wishing to bore you with a filibuster of film theory, it’s impossible to give an empirical ranking to the cinema of…

Luke Walpole

Scribbling on film, mostly. Published in The Guardian, Little White Lies, HeyUGuys and more.

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