Review – mother!

mother! Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, was at first a very atmospheric, very tense feeling film, that then went on to become this very empty, repetitive feeling film, and then it transitioned into something surreal, and then from there it became overly farcical, and then by the end there was something truly profound about it. It was a journey that was ever changing; sometimes it was good and other times it wasn’t, but there was always something to it that, in some way, kept me watching it. The experience of watching this film was like it was slicing its way slowly but deeply into me and then staying there, waiting; in the end exploding into something I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about. This is going to be a challenging review but one I’m interested to write, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – American Assassin

American Assassin, directed by Michael Cuesta, is as bland as an action movie can possibly get. Almost every element of this film is either failed in its execution or overlooked as a possibly stimulating addition to the film. Nothing ever pays off in a way that makes sitting through this film worthwhile and nothing ever happens that makes it an exciting watch. It is nothing but mundane. But where does the problem lie? Is there anything that perhaps sneaks to the surface and creates some level of interest? Let’s dissect the film in my review and find out. Read more

Review – Wind River

Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, is a film with a haunting, quiet rage pulsating throughout it. With a vast, chilling landscape, some deeply nuanced characters and a plot that slowly hollows you out; Wind River is a film that makes its way into your bones and leaves you thinking about it, long after the credits have rolled. But what it is specifically about this film that makes it so memorable? I plan to answer that question and explore as much of this film as possible, through my review. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country, written and directed by Francis Lee, is at times lonely; it is at times beautiful, but it is at all times honest. I at first didn’t find myself that pulled in by the film; the main character made me a little standoffish. But as it progressed and the true beauty and fulfilment of the film came to me, I became utterly surrounded by it. But why was that? What was it about this film that now makes me consider it one of my favourite films of the year so far? Well, let’s find out in my review. Read more

Review – Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a film that is full of so much character. Not only do you have the eclectic selections of characters to enjoy, but you also have the all-American setting; filled with NASCAR, a lively culture that loves and respects its history and an overall charm and wholesomeness that just exists throughout the film. You take all of that and then inject it with the unique essence that makes up Virginia and the surrounding areas, and you get something that really stands-out and makes its presence known. And it is also a film that constructs and delivers a heist plot that keeps all the fun moving with purpose. This is a film that is brimming with wonderful amounts of charm and fun, and it never lets up. But can the film really be all enjoyment and no underlying problems? Well, let’s find out in my review. Read more

Review – American Made

American Made, directed by Doug Liman, tells an unbelievable story – that’s not hyperbole. The true story in which this film is based upon, will leave you slack-jawed and wide-eyed. In a refreshing departure from his usual bulletproof, all action all the time roles, Tom Cruise helps to deliver a fun, wild adventure that shows that anything is impossible in the United States of America. However, the film might be all flash and nothing meaningful, but let’s explore if that is the case in my review. Read more

Review – Detroit

Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, struggles at times with its pacing and it also feels like it stretches its focus too thin. It does make it difficult at first to find the rhythm of the film, but once it gets to its primary focus, Bigelow is able to deliver an intense, gripping experience. But, does the films problems in pacing rob it of its power? Does the film not fully accomplish what it wants to do? I want to explore those questions and more in my review of Detroit, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes, could best be described as your quintessential ‘Buddy Cop’ film, minus the fact that the two lead characters aren’t cops (credit for that opening line has to go to my friend, Ross who I’m paraphrasing). This is a film that doesn’t ever do anything particularly new or original, but that still doesn’t detract from how fun, silly and entertaining it constantly is. I went into this film knowing what I was going to get, but is that still a good enough reason to suggest this as a good film? Well, let’s find out through this review, shall we. Read more

Review – The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, is a film that spends 95 minutes desperately trying to set up and explain its world, its characters and the rules that bind them, and yet after all that, I am still no clearer as to what the point of any of it was. There is no fun, excitement or intrigue in this film – that was bled out of the film a long time ago. There is just failed exposition and some truly odd performances from actors who are usually dependable. So let’s get onto dissecting this film, through my review, and see what it is that doesn’t work about it.   Read more

Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, written and directed by Luc Besson, delivers a fantastical universe, filled with creatures, locations and set-pieces that dazzle the eyes. But… well that’s pretty much it. Valerian is a film bursting with things to look at, but beyond that there is a notable dearth of compelling content. So, is Luc Besson’s long envisioned project all show and no substance? Well, let’s explore that and more in my review. Read more

Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, feels almost like a test – a test of the audience’s patience, a test of their commitment, and a test of their willingness to accept what they are watching. From my time with the film, quite a few of the people in the audience struggled to overcome those tests (which is understandable). This is a film where you need to be willing to let the film tell its story how it wants too. It doesn’t play by the rules in any way and that can make for an experience that feels difficult to interact with. But what exactly is it about this film that might make it so challenging for audiences? Well, let’s explore that and more through this review.
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Review – Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch, is a film with an infectious style. With its pulsating soundtrack, its vibrant colours, its delightfully brutal actions scenes and it all being within the backdrop of Berlin in 1989 – there’s much to gorge your senses on, in Atomic Blonde. However, the film doesn’t really go beyond that. There isn’t much depth for you to sink your teeth in to. But, does that diminish the overall experience? Well, let’s find out in this review. Read more

Christopher Nolan’s Filmography – My Least Favourite to My Absolute Favourite

With the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk. I felt now would be a great time to do a wee personal list, ranking all of Nolan’s films. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and with a new film just being added to his incredible filmography, this seems like the perfect time to do so. I should point out that even though I have seen Dunkirk (which you can read the full, in-depth review of, by clicking this link) I still think it is too soon to add it to this list. I need more time to let the film settle, before I begin to rank it alongside Nolan’s other films. But again, if you want to know what I thought of the film, just click on that link above. So, enough with the intro-filled ramblings, let’s get to the thing you and I care most about in this piece: The list.
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Review – The Big Sick

The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, is a sweet, genuinely funny and every so often emotionally gut-wrenching film. I found it so easy to want to settle in and become a part of this films story. It is filled with people you want to watch; people whose lives seem fun, but are still marred by the complications of life. You will laugh, you will be pulled in by how genuine it all feels, and by the end you will be fully a part of the character’s lives. But let’s explore in more depth, why this film is so effortlessly engaging. On with the review. Read more

Review – 47 Metres Down

* This review will contain spoilers for 47 Metres Down. *

47 Metres Down, directed by Johannes Roberts, is a predictable, boring, slightly insulting film. I went in hoping for a tense, thrilling little film and instead got a drab, uninteresting film that offered nothing memorable or exciting. It had a good premise to work from, but it simply didn’t know how to play with it. This won’t be the kindest of reviews but the things I have to say are honest. So let’s get on with the review. Read more

Review – Dunkirk

Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, is an absolutely incredible experience. Every single element of this film comes together; supporting and building on each other and delivering something that is powerful in its emotion and wholly engaging in its presentation. Almost from the moment the film starts, you are pulled into a true story that is unbelievable to witness, and never-failing in its momentum. There is much to break-down and talk about with Dunkirk, so let’s get out of the intro and on with the review. Read more

Review – Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper, written and directed by Olivier Assayas, is a film that was forever evolving. I didn’t know where this film was going to take me next, but where ever it was, I wanted to follow it there. Watching it was one of those hypnotising experiences that films can cause every so often, where you get lost in everything about the film, and you just let it take you away. I’m left with questions and I’m left with much to process – to think over. Part of that processing is actually through this review that I’m about to write. So, let’s get into that and find out what exactly it is about this film that I found to be so affecting. Read more

Review – The Beguiled

* This review contains spoilers for The Beguiled. *

The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a film that is full of multiple missed opportunities. There were many chances to have some genuinely compelling, stimulating content to this film. Instead we get characters who lack any depth, a plot that almost feels non-existent and just a general lack of anything of real substance. As someone who is a fan of Sofia Coppola’s previous work, I was surprised at just how empty this whole film felt. But is it all bad? Are there glimmering lights of hope within the film that make it worth seeing? Well, let’s explore those questions and more in my review. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, is a film that is so full of a fulfilling emotional resonance and a defining central role in Caesar (Andy Serkis) that this is one of those films that leaves its mark on the summer blockbuster season and absolutely stands out from what is usually a pretty bland assortment of films. I’ve loved this new set of Planet of the Apes films since the beginning and I’m looking forward to breaking down this final instalment and exploring what it does well, but also what it struggles to fully succeed at. So, let’s find our way out of this intro and into the main review itself. Read more

Review – It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, is a film that is tense, atmospheric and forever playing with your expectations, though the way it plays with your expectations may hinder some peoples enjoyment of the film. You see, I’m of the mind-set that general audiences will struggle with this film; not finding it to be the all-out scare-fest that they are hoping it to be, but for me this film was exactly what I was hoping for, and more. But let’s find out through this review if this is a film for you, while also giving me the chance to gush about it, ever so slightly. So on to the review we go. Read more