Review – American Animals

American Animals, written and directed by Bart Layton, went from what was at first a light-hearted but mostly placid adventure into what became an intense experience in which the true gravity of the situation had me sitting up-right in my chair, tensed up and fully attentive to the terror that was unfolding for the characters. All of this was made forever involving with some interesting cinematic choices that saw the film being more than just your typical telling of a true story. There are some really intriguing decisions which play into how this film was made and then presented and I’m looking forward to talking about some of them, so enough with this rambling introduction. Let’s get into the review. Read more

Review – Searching

Searching, co-written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, takes a cinematic format that up until this point has been poorly done and instead delivers an extremely compelling, consciously gripping story that I enjoyed every second of getting to be a part of. Does the film completely nail it? No, and I’ll touch upon that, but there’s a very well-made film in Searching and I’m eager to talk about it, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Upgrade

Upgrade, written and directed by Leigh Wannell, offers some fascinating concepts in an intriguingly realised world. However, the exploration of these elements and its plot does feel a little shallow and mis-handled. Still though, there’s something undeniably gripping and unforgettable about Upgrade. So, let’s explore everything that the film has to offer and see if it’s one that’s worth checking out. Read more

Review – The Children Act

The Children Act, directed by Richard Eyre, poses an interesting dilemma; a moral question that grabs a hold of your inner voice and has it conflicted. It approaches its morally charged dilemma with strongly positioned characters who pull you into what should ultimately be a compelling, challenging film. But the handling of certain plot elements leaves the film struggling to achieve what it set out to tackle, which has leaves things feeling unfulfilling. So, let’s dive deeper into this film and see if it’s still able to offer a story that is worth your time. Read more

Review – Yardie

Yardie, directed Idris Elba, displays his experience and talent as an actor, but interestingly not from a performance stand point but in how he is able to get the best from his actors, and in turn form likeable, engaging characters whom you care about and are eager to watch. However, as a storyteller, Idris Elba’s inexperience behind the camera shows, as the film’s story feels clumsy and poorly paced. I’m really interested to review this film and explore not only its content, but also what the future holds for the beloved actor in a directing role. So, let’s bring this intro to a close and get on with the main review itself. Come join me, won’t you? Read more

Review – BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman, co-written and directed by Spike Lee, is a film that rings loud with the filmmaker’s distinctive voice and approach. Th purpose is undeniable, the boldness unflinching, and the tone in which it approaches its subject is very effective. It’s a film you can’t ignore – it won’t let you – nor should you. But the film’s strict focus does result in other elements of the film not feeling as complete as they should be, and it does result in what feels like an incomplete package. So, the question is: do those issues effect the film in such a way that it fails overall? Could the love of so many critics be misplaced? Let’s find that out and more in my review.    Read more

Review – The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is a film with no tension, no suspense, no moment that thrills the senses or engages the mind. It is a film that holds within it… nothing. As someone who doesn’t like deconstructing a film purely on negative points; someone who tries to find the good in films and celebrate a medium of art that I adore and obsess over, I am going to severely struggle with this review, as there is truly no positive point that I can find to talk about. So, let’s make our way into a review that I won’t enjoy writing, and talk about a film I did not enjoy. Read more

Review – Terminal

Terminal, written and directed by, Vaughn Stein, allures you in with its stylish cinematography, its dialogue that glides throughout scenes and its eclectic assortment of characters. But soon, when all the glamour begins to ware-off and you look ever so slightly beneath the surface, you find a film without much depth and without much meaning. Now, the question is: despite the lack of depth and the lack of meaning, is there still a film in there worth watching? Well, let’s make our way on into my review and find out. Read more

Review – Zoe

Zoe, directed by Drake Doremus, had fleeting moments of genuine loveliness, but in large part was a film that felt distant and empty. In what feels like a wasted opportunity for an endearing, heartfelt film, Zoe slowly saw me losing engagement and interest over the course of its runtime. I’ll be bouncing back and forth in this review between the few things that I enjoyed and the larger, more prominent issues that resulted in a film I’m disappointed in. Let’s not waste anymore time on this intro and instead get into the review. Read more

Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp, directed by Peyton Reed, is the epitome of a plain Marvel movie. This film comes packaged with all the issues that plague the majority of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films, only the other films usually have a handful of qualities that still make them memorable or entertaining, whereas Ant-Man and the Wasp has nothing. At the time of writing this review, a short time has passed since I saw the film and I’m already struggling to remember things that I could then talk about in this review. I’m tempted to play into the whole tiny aspect of Ant-Man and make this review small in length – that way I don’t have to try to write about it, but that seems cheap. Well, let’s try and see if there’s anything worth talking about, shall we. Read more

Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is perhaps one of the most well-rounded, exciting offerings in the franchise to date. Despite a runtime that’s bloated and a plot that is your usual uninspired set of events, the film still delivers some of the most thrilling, perfectly executed set-pieces, and an overall atmospheric tone that has this impossible outing feeling far more stylish and engaging than the previous few films. I found myself thoroughly entertained and enjoying every second of the choreographed madness. While I’ll still be diving into some of the issues that plague both this film and the franchise as a whole, I’m still eager and excited to explore all that Fallout has to offer, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn, directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, is an unflinchingly visceral film that drags you kicking and screaming into a terrifying, hostile environment; one you don’t at first want to be in, but slowly you find yourself gripped; not wanting to leave, and soon you are consumed my its unpredictable terror. To put it plainly: A Prayer Before Dawn is a film unlike anything else and that makes it one that I’m really excited to talk about and review, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis, written and directed by Drew Pearce, offers an interesting selection of characters in an explosive situation where we’re waiting for the inevitable boom to come. I didn’t have high expectations walking into this film, but I ended up finding it to be quite entertaining. The film is of course not without faults and it isn’t a film that’s going to have critics raving, but there’s something simple and fun about Hotel Artemis. So, let’s explore what some of those things are and if they’re good enough to warrant you going to see it. Read more

Review – Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2, written and directed by Brad Bird, doesn’t hold within it the same special magic that the first had, but that thankfully doesn’t stop it from still being a joyously fun adventure that had me entertained throughout. But, is it to good to be true? There are elements to this film that didn’t work for me, and it is certainly not as good as the first, but do those things stop it from being a film worth seeing? Well, let’s make our way into the review and find out. Read more

Review – Calibre

Calibre, written and directed by Matt Palmer, is not only a strong directorial debut from Mr Palmer, but also offers something I haven’t experienced in quite some time; a Netflix original film that is actually good and worth talking about. The film is small in scope, simple in concept and really well executed. I found myself pulled in by the friendly characters and subsequently gripped by the inciting incident that sets in motion actions and outcomes that shocked me and had me fully attentive right up until the very end. Anyway, let’s stop waffling on with this introduction and get to the actual review, and see what it is about this Netflix original that makes it worth talking about in a positive manner, shall we. Read more

Review – Sicario 2: Soldado

Sicario 2: Soldado, directed by Stefano Sollima, makes some very daring choices from the beginning and throughout. For a multitude of reasons, I can see this film upsetting people, but for me, it was a bold film that stuck to its vision and delivered a solid sequel to what was a great film (Sicario). I didn’t think it possible to follow Denis Villeneuve’s unflinching vision with the first one, but Sollima makes a worthy attempt at doing so. He doesn’t completely nail it, but still, his time, and more importantly our time, was not wasted. So let’s make our way into the main review and see how this sequel shapes up, in better detail. Read more

Why I Won’t be Seeing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like a lot of people, the original Jurassic Park is one of my favourite films. If I were to ever make a top 10 list, it would surely be on it. I have such fond memories when I was a wee lad of watching the film and obsessing over every bit of it. But I think we can all admit that after Jurassic Park, things haven’t been… great in the franchise. In this piece, I want to talk about why a franchise I once loved and adored is now one I no longer want to share in… and why that’s okay. Read more

Review – Hereditary

Hereditary, written and directed by Ari Aster, is an odd one – and I mean that in both good ways and bad ways. This film is NOT what I was expecting. The trailers showed to me a particular type of film and particular type of expected experience, and I got the complete opposite. But that’s not where the issues with the film lay for me (I actually found that particular aspect to actually be one of my favourite things about the film, but I’ll touch upon that more soon). My issue lay with the fact that this film felt… confused. There are severe tonal issues and the film didn’t always feel like it had a handle on what it wanted to be. This is going to be an interesting review to write (and hopefully read) as I’m conflicted on how I properly feel about Hereditary. So, let’s make our way into the review and see what it is about this film that leaves me feeling such a way. Read more

Review – Journey’s End

Journey’s End, directed by Saul Dibb, is an incredibly intense and incredibly poignant film that from its opening scene had me completely gripped by its story and its characters. The exploration and handling of the characters in this film is extremely moving. You become a part of a story that will see you brought down into a place that you can’t imagine being in. You explore characters who are irrevocably broken. And if you’re like me, you will be infinitely moved by it. I’m eager to move on from this introduction and get to the main review, so let’s get to it. Read more

Looking Back (And Subsequently… Forward) – 2001: A Space Odyssey

I wanted to do something a little different this week. I had the pleasure of being able to go see Stanley Kubrick’s, sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey in the cinema and once it had finished and I was leaving said cinema, I had the urge to write (ramble) about the film a little bit. This won’t be a review, because at this point, far smarter and more well-spoken people have explored all that this film has to offer. Instead, I’m just wanting to gush about the film for a wee bit and also talk about one of the best directors in cinema’s history. So, if you’ll please indulge me for a little bit, I’m going to explore 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more