Review – The Florida Project

The Florida Project, directed by Sean Baker, gives us an honest insight, and a powerful commentary on a part of America that is almost completely ignored. With a heartbreakingly authentic feel and a host of characters who feel like their taken directly from the streets and put into the film, The Florida Project is able to communicate its message in a clear, unflinchingly sad way. But it’s important what it has to say, and it does it wonderfully. The film isn’t just there to be enjoyed, it is there to make you think and it certainly caused me too. So let’s explore all it has to say and how it goes about doing that, in my review. On to it we go. Read more

Review – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, developed by Machine Games and Published by Bethesda Softworks, is another unrelentingly brutal, satisfying, insane ride through an alternate-reality where seemingly anything is possible. This is a game where tearing Nazi’s limb-from-limb, diving into the psyche of a damaged man and his struggling friends, and shooting your way through some unimaginably terrifying, awe-inducing locations is a continuous experience – one you don’t ever tier of. The game almost never lets up, and is always finding ways to shock you or get you laughing. As a lover of the first game, I was excited for the sequel, but does it match up to its predecessor? Does it justify a sequel? Let’s hack our way into the review and find out. Read more

Review – 6 Days

6 Days, directed by Toa Fraser, lays out and builds its story well, while also keeping a constant level of tension running throughout. For what little time it has, the film is able to tell its story and develop its characters in a way that produces a reasonably full feeling experience that all ends up delivering on a memorable point in British history. Limitations don’t hold this film back, but they do produce a few snags that caused some issues. But do those issues irrevocably damage the film and lessen its watch-ability factor or is it fair to overlook them? Let’s rappel down into the review and find out. Read more

Review – Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is an exciting, engaging film that presents a murder-mystery – and everyone loves a murder-mystery – surrounded by a host of intriguing characters who you want to learn more about – and you will. It’s all wrapped up in a stunning and classic looking experience that delights the eyes and engages the mind. However, is the film able to take the murder-mystery plot and its many characters and suitably expand upon them? Well, let’s ride on down the tracks into my review and see how the films varied offerings hold up, shall we? Read more

Review – Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, was a film where I lavished in all the beautiful joy that it had to offer. Whether it was the serene, welcoming surroundings of northern Italy, the vibrantly interesting characters that filled every scene, or simply the pleasant, freeing atmosphere that coursed through the film – I was completely enveloped in everything this film was. This is one of those reviews that I’m excited to write, because I know it will bring me the same amount of enjoyment that watching the film did – it’s like experiencing it all over again. Read more

Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, is another surreal, unsettling, and at times disturbing film from the unconventional director. There’s something so alluring, yet at the same time distant about Lanthimos’ work. This film feels out of cadence with reality, which makes for something that pulls on your attention as something sinister and distressing slowly unfolds and becomes wholly tension inducing. You don’t know what’s going to happen but with how odd the film is, you know it’s going to be something bad. I’m really interested to review this film as it might be quite challenging. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, is… a Marvel film. It is fun, entertaining and had me laughing along and enjoying the spectacle of it all. It seems that thanks to other Marvel films, they’ve finally found the voice and tone of a Thor film and they capitalise on that find well. The film is also aided by the comically inclined joy of director, Taika Waititi who guides the film on a journey filled with jokes. If I’m begin honest, this review will pretty much be more of the same when it comes to talking about another Marvel film but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things worth saying… I think. Anyway, on with the review. Read more

Review – Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd, is a film that some, if not many, will struggle with. But that struggle does not come from the film being bad, because it isn’t. That struggle will come from the fact that its lead character is a truly reprehensible person. She could perhaps be best described as evil. But, are her evil ways justified? Does the fact that the lead character is so un-sympathetic, mean the film has too large of a hurdle for people to overcome when it comes to consuming this film? I want to explore those questions and more in my review, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – 1922

1922

1922, written and directed by Zak Hilditch, lacks anything that might possibly make it a creepy, suspenseful, meaningful watch. It rushes to get to a particular scene, but once it’s seen it through, the film seems lost as to what to then do. To me, it was clear what to do, but apparently not for the people telling the story or making the film. But is this spooky looking film one that would be good during Halloween? Well, let’s explore what the film has and find out. Read more

Review – The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci, is both one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year and also one of the darkest films I’ve seen this year. The film has great fun with its story and fills the scenes with richly devious individuals who you love to hate. Armando Iannucci is brilliant at cutting to the core of the stupidity of people and situations (his previous work like, The Thick of It, being a prime example of this) and the film is full of conversations, backstabbing and horrendous acts that leave you laughing, but also a little uncomfortable. There is humour and there is also darkness, but what is it that makes this film so much fun to watch? Let’s explore that and more in my review. Read more

Review – A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls, directed by J.A. Bayona, is a wonderfully creative film full of moments that seem like they are pulled directly from a child’s imagination. But it is also a film with a powerful and challenging story at its centre, and all of it is guided by an absolutely outstanding performance from Lewis MacDougall. This is going to be one of those reviews where I gush about the film for a while, so if you’ll indulge me; I’m going to get on with the ramblings. Read more

Review – The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, has a wonderfully addictive rhythm to it. That rhythm doesn’t come from an overstated score or a movement from the actors that dominates the scene; instead it comes from a highly dysfunctional family’s way of communicating with one another. They almost seem to verbally duel one another, with words that move fast and land in a way that seems to physically hurts. It is this damaged, defensive family’s history, that a touching, funny film comes from. I’ve wanted to review a Baumbach film for a while now and I’m excited to finally do so. Let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Party

The Party, written and directed by Sally Potter, offers one of those situations where you shouldn’t be laughing but you can’t help yourself because the biting dialogue is just so on point. With a wonderful selection of characters and a premise that is simple and engaging, this film delivers a quick little hit of meaningful fun. I left the cinema with a grin on my face, but what was about, The Party that caused me to feel so satisfied? Let’s explore that question and more in my review. Read more

Review – The Snowman

The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a perfect example of a film that is completely unable to coherently manage the source material it is based upon. A poor start that sees most of the necessary set-up being overlooked and then a lack of any proper exploration of the characters and the plot, quickly sees this film becoming a mismanaged, dull detective story with no thrills and nothing to hold your interest. I was looking forward to this film, but alas, it failed to deliver on what could have potentially been an exciting, unsettling film. So let’s explore where the film went wrong and if there is anything that makes it still worth seeing. Read more

Review – The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, feels like a film that is unwilling to give the necessary time or focus to… anything. Much of the film is rushed in the beginning and from that we are expected to care about two people who are hollow shells with a single characteristic each. There seemed to be a want to make this about the two leads and they’re growing relationship within a life-threatening situation but it fails at that, and thus the only aspect it could have maybe fallen back on (surviving after crashing on a snowy mountain) is left with nothing to ever make it feel like a contributing part of the film. I’m going to struggle to find anything positive to say about this film, but let’s get to the review. Read more

Review – Blade Runner 2049 (Spoilers)

Blade Runner 2049

*This review contains spoilers for Blade Runner 2049*

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was everything I wanted it to be and more. The original film is one that splits people; it’s not an easy watch and unless you are willing to give yourself over to how it wants to tell its story, you will struggle to engage with it. Questions do not result in answers – at least not from the film itself. This time round though, it isn’t as difficult a film to approach. There is enough, that I think a general audience can interact and comprehend what the film is trying to do. But that doesn’t mean original fans are left wanting. 2049 is a film that is full of qualities to adore and consume and I’m looking forward to talking about as many of them as I can, while also touching upon the achievements of the first film. So, come with me on this rambling journey through two brilliant films. Read more

Review – Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game, directed by Mike Flanagan, delivers a brilliant and explorative deconstruction of its main character. Being visually smart in how it does it and keeping us gripped with a premise that keeps the tension going throughout, the film never struggles in holding your attention. But, I do feel it does one thing in particular that slightly robs it of its effectiveness and left me feeling like some of the punch had been taken out of the film in the end. So, let’s explore the many great aspects of the film and see if that one nagging issue was enough to lessen my opinion of the film, overall. Read more

Review – The Bad Batch

The Bad Batch, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, is… well to be blunt, it’s bad. The film tries desperately to seem edgy and different. It fills scenes with quirky looking/acting people, and it has scenes filled with things that look like their trying desperately to be odd. That’s all it seems to think it needs to make something attention grabbing, but it becomes apparent very early on that the film lacks any actual substance and anything actually interesting. This is going to be one of those reviews I hate to write because it isn’t going to be a kind one. Read more

Review – First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father, directed by Angelina Jolie, approaches its harrowing story from a very interesting perspective. That perspective helps to shine a very different light on the events that the film follows, but it does also hinder the film at times; causing we the audience to not always feel like a part of the larger story. At times, it was struggling to fully hold my attention, but then at other points I was completely gripped by it. So, by the end does it deliver a film worth seeing? Let’s answer that question together, in my review. Read more

Review – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is a loud, crass, childish, empty film that by the end had me completely bored by everything it had to offer. This is the type of film where it tries to fill the screen with seemingly interesting or exciting content, but if you look at it closely (to be honest you don’t have to look that close) you realise just how little this film actually gives itself to work with. I was utterly bored by the end of this film and couldn’t wait for it to be over. But why was that the case? Where did it go wrong to make this the case? Let’s explore those questions and more in my review. Read more