Review – Denial

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Denial, directed by Mick Jackson, at its core has an extremely compelling story, one which had me completely engrossed in its journey and subsequent outcome. The film does struggle at times to keep everything cohesive – large jumps in time, and some shaky character portrayals, did leave me scrunching my brow in confusion. But ultimately, there is something wholly interesting and slightly addicting about seeing the films story play out. So let’s get onto the fuller review and see just how this film shapes up. Read more

Review – Split

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Split, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is a film that completely wastes all the interesting opportunities that is has. I really thought this might be the one, the one that would put, Shyamalan back on the radar (in terms of deserved attention) but oh… it really isn’t. So many of the failings that have become a staple of his filmmaking are back and rearing their ugly head – and this time he also added a few new ones. This is going to be one of those reviews where I just sigh to myself – he had something good with this one, and he went a squandered it. So let us begin the fuller review, and see just where this film goes wrong. Read more

Review – Lion

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Lion, directed by Garth Davis, pulls you in with its endearing character and its powerful story, and then takes you on a journey that is human in its every facet. What we get with this film is something that is very concise in its approach, but it is also so giving, in terms of the time and the space that it allows its characters and its story to get comfortable and find its rhythm. Through some perfect pacing and difficult choices (which could have sent the film spiralling off in the wrong direction), Lion is able to explore and deliver something that is heart-breaking, in how beautiful it is. I’m eager to get into the full review, so let’s get this underway. Read more

Review – Live by Night

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Live by Night, written and directed by Ben Affleck, is a film that somehow manages to achieve nothing of merit or note in its 2 hour-long span. Not in some time have I found myself so disinterested in a film; from set-up, to execution, everything in this film feels rushed and lacking in anything that warrants remembering. This review will probably not be the kindest, in terms if my criticism of, Live by Night, but it has to be said, unfortunately. Read more

Review – La La Land

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La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, is vibrant, fun and uplifting; a clear love letter to a time in cinema that’s long past. Chazelle really does construct something that’s so full of wonder and romance. Films like this don’t really exist anymore, and to see something be so unabashedly what it is, certainly makes for an enchanting film watching experience. But… the film is lacking in something, and while it isn’t a mood killer, it was something that was forever on my mind. La La Land is a film with heaps upon heaps of praise (and rightly so) but I still have one main issue with the film; an issue that I have to talk about. So let’s make our way into the review and see what it is that makes the film so loved. Read more

Review – Manchester by the Sea

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Manchester by the Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, captures brilliantly the true struggle of life, while also highlighting its more awkward, unintentionally funny side. This film took be on an incredible (get ready for a lot of hyperbolic words in this review) emotional journey; from laughter/giggles, to concerned empathy and all the way to the point where I was struggling to hold back tears. I was – more than once – overwhelmed by the completely human story that, Manchester by the Sea focused on, and my adoration for it is boundless, as you’ll see in this review. So let’s get to it, and explore all the achievements of this film. Read more

Review – Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel, is a film that has hints of potential. However, a failing on nearly every front, leaves this film lacking in anything memorable, exciting or interesting. It’s a shame to see a film that could have really been something that stood out (in the video game movie space); completely fail to capitalise on the opportunities it had. This is one of those films that quickly loses you and then never manages to pull you back in – no matter what it throws at you. But let’s get into the fuller review and see just where this film goes wrong. Read more

Review – Silence

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Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a film that is unwavering in its effort to explore its primary topic: Religion. Each frame of this film is more beautiful than the last; each performance meets the exact level and presence that is fitting for the moment, and every ounce of the films runtime is dedicated to making sure it fully explores the downfall of its main character and his utter devotion to his faith. Scorsese is no slouch when it comes to the detail in his films, and Silence shows that, but with such detail, also comes the feeling of being given too much. This is a film that dives as deep as it can possibly go into its subject, but it sometimes forgets the need to come back up for air. But let’s get to the fuller review and see if that issue affects the overall experience, let’s see what Silence has to offer. Read more