Review – Hampstead

Hampstead, directed by Joel Hopkins, is a film that feels… hollow. I never found myself being able to fully invest in the story of this film and I think a lot of that has to do with how it presents its story and who within that story is given the primary focus. I was expecting something sweet, small and comforting, but instead what I got was something that failed to ever elicit any meaningful emotion from me. But why was that the case? Well let’s get explore that question and some other ones in this review, shall we? Read more

Review – Gifted

Gifted, directed by Marc Webb, is a heartfelt, heart-warming and pure in how lovely it is. At the core of this film is a wonderful little character that goes by the name of, Mary. The film is built around her and it primarily succeeds because of her – though there are some other great elements to the film. So it’s a shame that the shining light of joy that is, Mary, sometimes gets lost in the rest of the film. Now what she gets lost in is still engaging and important to the overall story, but I still couldn’t help but notice her absence sometimes. But I can get into that and much more in the fuller review, so let’s get to that. Read more

Review – Churchill

Churchill, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, is a wonderfully sincere, emotionally powerful look at one of the many interesting times in Churchill’s life. First and foremost this is a character driven film and it does a tremendous job of exploring its primary character with a sense of heart and honesty. As a lover of history, I found this film to be informative, humorous and most importantly, powerful. And so let’s talk about those qualities (plus many more) in the fuller review. On to it we go. Read more

Review – The Salesman

The Salesman, written and directed by, Asghar Farhadi, is another absolutely engrossing, yet simply made film. Real feeling characters who are full of the intricacies that make them wholly engaging to watch. A story that is slowly fed to you so that you can better understand and settle into both its inner workings and the people who make up its various parts, and an overall simplicity that means the necessities of the film get all the attention. Farhadi as both a writer and a director is someone who understands how to tell engaging stories and how to fill those stories with people who are fascinating and layered. I could go on rambling, but I’m eager to finish up this intro and get onto the full review, because I have much to say about this film, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Mummy

The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, is a film that is the epitome of bland. You are given a story that is delivered in a dull, lazy way, and you are offered characters that are lacking depth or any hint of a reason to care about them. It doesn’t take long for this film to lose its way, but once it does, oh boy is it a difficult one to make it through. Don’t expect anything positive when I talk about, The Mummy (other films, like the original with Brendan Frasier, sure, I might talk about them nicely) but my review of this film will probably resemble a public humiliation, so get your out-of-date veg ready and warm-up your throwing arm, cause this is going to get messy. Read more

Review – Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is a film that absolutely succeeds at establishing, and then fully developing, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, as a character. It also achieves something I was not expecting; and that was a character relationship that truly transcended everything else in the film. But of course the film is not without problems, and I think those problems might sadly hold the film back from being something more than just another superhero movie. Through my review, we can hopefully explore more of what it is that makes the film stumble but also shine, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – War Machine

War Machine, written and directed by David Michôd, is a film that approaches its main topic in a tonally surprising way. It then also evolves its tone in a way that doesn’t usually work out well, but in War Machine, it actually elevates the effect of the overall film, and helps it to surprise you with a few emotional gut punches that you don’t see coming. And then there is of course the very interesting performance from, Brad Pitt – a performance that I think will divide opinion. But let’s dispense with the intro and the sweeping statements and actually get into the more detailed review. So let’s get to it. Read more