Review – Life

Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is not original in any way; it is a story and a concept that has been done many times before, and better (‘Alien’ being a prime  example). But, despite it not offering anything ground-breaking or different, I did still find myself engaged and rooting for the main characters. I was intrigued by how the film approached the philosophy of the situation, and it gave just enough to make me care for people who I felt I had a decent understanding of. So there are certainly some pros and cons to the film, and getting onto the full review will help clear some of them up (hopefully). So let’s get on with it. Read more

Review – The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z, written and directed by James Gray, fails to achieve or offer anything compelling enough to warrant its 2 hour and 20 minute runtime. With a lead character who is void of the necessary time or exploration to ever make you invested in him, and a story that struggles to hold your attention from worryingly early on in the film makes the film a tough one to get on board with. The lack of anything to properly connect to or care about, made The Lost City of Z a real struggle to get through. But let’s break down specifically where this film goes wrong in more detail – on with the review. Read more

Review – Get Out

Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, has you hooked by its unsettling mystery and oddball characters. This is one of those films that never really allows you to relax or feel at ease. At all times there is that hint of tension; there is the worry of some impending horror. For someone who is most known for his comedy chops, director Jordan Peele is able to effortlessly keep you on edge and playing his game. But when it all unravels, and some of the more interesting decisions become ever more present, I found myself feeling ever so slightly disappointed. The best way to break it all down is to get on with the fuller review. So let’s do that. Read more

Review – The Love Witch

The Love Witch, written and directed by Anna Biller, is one of those films, that if you’re willing to get on-board with its kooky, indulgent approach, you’re going to have an absolute blast. It’s want to harken back to a time in cinema that is long forgotten (60’s Technicolor melodramas) makes it such a fun watch, but also its want to explore the more free, uninhibited times of 60’s cinema, goes towards highlighting the frankly stinted, fearful ways in which films of today are presented. There are many points to touch upon in this review and I’ve not even scratched the surface, so let’s get on with the fuller review, shall we? Read more

Review – Elle

Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven, is a very honest, twisted film. The lead character in the film might be one of the most compelling and fascinating characters I’ve watched in quite some time. She forever surprised me, and I never knew what she was going to say or do next. This is also a film that balances many plot threads effortlessly; fully enveloping you in a group of people who all have their particular quirks and issues. And then every so often, it blindsides you with some disturbing events that play out in a way that I’m still thinking about. So let’s get on with the fuller review itself, and see what it is that makes this film so unforgettable. Read more

Review – Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, delivers an unexpectedly brilliant experience. I was forever amazed at just how enjoyable and fulfilling this films was; always delivering on what it set up and then building further upon it. This is a film that knows what it needed to do, and then went on to offer up, and achieve exactly what was needed. There are of course a few issues that pop up in the film – and they will be touched upon in this review – but for the most part, you have a monster movie that is more than what it could have simply been. And so, let’s jump on into the detailed review itself and see what it is that makes, Kong: Skull Island such a rewarding watch. Read more

Review – Logan

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Logan, directed by James Mangold, delivers the film that both the character of Wolverine and the actor, Hugh Jackman have always deserved. A focus on characters and the support of a contained, simple story, make this not only the best the X-Men franchise of films has to offer, it also now puts it in contention for one of the best superhero films. It is also a touchingly fitting end to a character that has been played by the same actor for the last 17 years. I’m eager and excited to get into the review so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2, directed by Chad Stahelski, takes what was a film that understood itself, and knew how to overcome the tropes of the genre, and unfortunately relies on what it once had overcome. This film still boasts the unrivalled action (in western cinema) that the previous had, and the work and time that goes into it cannot be overlooked. I still found much enjoyment in the film, but it doesn’t fully capitalise on what the first film set out with. This will be a mixed review; some good and some bad, so let’s get to it and see what works and what really doesn’t work in, John Wick: Chapter 2. Read more