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

Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, is certainly a fun summer blockbuster film. However, in the context of Star Wars, it feels largely unnecessary. There were certainly points in this film where I was wowed by the action and was fully engaged in the fun of it all, but there were still those moments where I wanted to do nothing more but plunge my head into my hands and try not to let my eyes roll fully out of my head. I’m conflicted when it comes to this film, but hopefully my review will help to clear up how I feel, while also letting you know if this is a film worth your time. So, let’s get on with the review. Read more

Review – The Square

The Square, written and directed by Ruben Östlund, was a film that continually surprised me. Scenes almost never played out how I expected them to and were continually filled with opposing elements that would only strengthen the outcome of what was trying to be achieved. A central message that, while being pushed a little too hard sometimes, is still successfully touched upon because of a main character whose journey that both compliments what the film is trying to say, while also being a meaningful journey that you want to be a part of. All this and more means there’s a lot that The Square tackles and I don’t know if I’ll get to talk about all of it, but to have the chance to talk about this film at all is something I’m eager (a little nervous) to do. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Cargo

Cargo, directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, is yet another example that, while Netflix’s original TV output is more than reliable, its original movies leave A LOT to be desired. In Cargo, there seems to be a lack of drive – with Martin Freeman’s character feeling like he’s just wandering around the Australian outback looking for a plot. The film also places itself within a genre (the zombie genre) that is oversaturated and lacks originality – the latter being something that Cargo now adds to. I continue to do these reviews of Netflix films hoping… waiting for a really good one to come along. So, let’s make our way into another review, where I lament that lack of quality that is coming from one of the biggest streaming services out there. Read more

Review – Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, as expected, is a continuously joyous ride full of laughs, actions and all out fun. Now, some of the issues that I had with the first Deadpool film persist; but a better understanding of what liberties they can take, and what budgetary constraints they have (under the guidance of a new, more experienced director), in my opinion, result in a more well-rounded, better constructed film. Deadpool 2 definitely has its faults, but they are faults that I feel can be easily overlooked, if you are happy to continue to accept the oddball world that this universe has established. So, let’s dive deeper into this film and see what it succeeds at, and what it doesn’t, shall we. Read more

Review – Entebbe

Entebbe (or ‘7 Days in Entebbe’ for readers outside the UK), directed by José Padilha, could have very easily been simple and plain in its execution, but surprisingly ended up being an engaging film that held my interest throughout. I think in large part because of the reasonably large and well-developed set of characters that the film offers/explores; Entebbe was a film that I was eager to keep watching. It isn’t a film that necessarily does anything outstanding, but it does take a very simple story and make it into something more than what it could have been. So, let’s find our way into the review and see if this is a film worth your time, shall we. Read more

Review – I Kill Giants

This review contains some minor SPOILERS!

I Kill Giants, directed by Anders Walter, was a film that I think needed to find some lighter moments in its character’s adventures, rather than being a film that emotionally beats you down to the point where you have nothing left to give. There is a powerful story in, I Kill Giants, but I think some creative decisions unfortunately led to this film not delivering on the poignant story / message that it was trying to explore. Let’s make our way into the review and see if there are any redeeming qualities that make this a film worth seeing. Read more

Review – Tully

Tully

Tully, directed by Jason Reitman, is at all times an emotionally upfront film, that for me, delivered an uplifting tale through its honest portrayal of home life, and in the end was an experience that left a smile on my face. With a structurally tight script and a strong lead performance by Charlize Theron; Tully delivers a film that far exceeded my expectations. There are some elements to this film that I’m eager to talk about and explore so let’s get to that. On with the review. Read more

Review – Kodachrome

Kodachrome, directed by Mark Raso, never feels like it reaches its full potential but still manages to deliver a touching little film. This film struggles to fully develop its stories and never feels like it earns particular moments, but thanks to a great cast, who are offered some well-developed characters; there is still something quite lovely about this film. So, let’s make our way into the review and see if this is one of those indie Netflix films worth settling down and enjoying for the night. Read more