Review – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice, directed by Zack Snyder is a film that doesn’t learn from its past mistakes. Over-bloated and unnecessarily convoluted, this is a film that starts off strong, and then quickly loses its way. Even with strong characters, Batman v Superman is a film that almost seems to make an effort to ignore the rich characters/actors at its disposal, and instead focuses on things that are very much not necessary. Read more

Review – 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, is a film that fully drops you into a situation in which you know as little as the main character, and then leaves you there to squirm. There is almost no moment of rest in 10 Cloverfield Lane – you will at all times be tensed up and worried about what might be around the next corner. This is a film that never once holds your hand, and along with its main character you will go on an unsettling journey to discover the truth of what is actually happening – it’s great! Read more

Review – Anomalisa

Anomalisa

Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson is perhaps the most human film. This is a film that digs deep down into the little broken idiosyncrasies of a person and then pulls them all out and puts them on show. I haven’t experienced a film like Anomalisa before and what makes it all the more interesting is that it is a stop motion animated film with very much its own look and style. Anomalisa planted itself firmly in my memory, and I think it’s going to stay there for a while. Read more

Review – Hail, Caesar!

Hail Caesar

Hail, Caesar! Written, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a film that takes a charming and at times innocent look back at the making of films in 1950’s Hollywood. Fast and enjoyable dialogue controls the scenes, while the Coen’s expert ability to construct and shoot comedy backs it up. However a very basic story strings everything together and by the time the credits roll it all felt a little anti-climactic, and all of it was very much hurt by just how tonally confusing the film is at times. There’s a lot to love in Hail, Caesar but there’s also a lot that left me wanting, when it was all said and done. Read more

Review – 45 Years

45 Years

45 Years, written and directed by Andrew Haigh is a film that doesn’t overstate its presence. In the place of big, cumbersome story telling or characters that are complicated to ever feel real – 45 Years is a film that delivers something small and meaningful. Though this film won’t appeal to all (a rip-roaring event this film is not) it is still a film that leaves an impression and intrigue once the credits roll. Read more

Review – Triple 9

Triple 9

Triple 9, directed by John Hillcoat is a film that jumps headfirst into the raw reality of its world. This is a film that weaves a web of broken and messed up characters into a world that does not treat its inhabitants very kindly. Backed by tense action and its own rules – Triple 9 is a film that, whether you like it or not, brings you kicking and screaming into its scary environments. Read more

Review – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - Sword of Destiny

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, directed by Woo-Ping Yeun is a film that lacks everything that made the original so memorable. Gone are the sweeping, incredibly choreographed fight scenes, gone are the mythical and interesting characters and gone is a simple but touching story. In their place is a lot of nothing. This film is the epitome of an unnecessary and unwanted sequel and it does the most egregious thing an unwanted sequel can do and that is to completely add nothing new or anything of real worth. Read more