Review – The Foreigner

The Foreigner, directed by Martin Campbell, offers one of the most interesting and meaningful performances from Jackie Chan in quite some time… perhaps ever. So it’s then a real shame that the film puts the majority of its focus on other characters and a plot that get’s more bloated, the longer it goes on. Jackie’s performance and his character had me hooked almost instantly, so it leaves me confused as to the decision behind not making him more of the film’s focus. Let’s explore what Jackie Chan achieves in this film and if it’s one worth checking out. Read more

Review – The Post

The Post

The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, offers a compelling, well told story; filled with a brilliant cast of actors who all expertly perform their roles. I don’t mean this in a negative way: but if you’ve ever seen a Spielberg film (particularly his more recent films) then you know what you’re going to get with this one. It’s a consistent, well shot film that shows how efficient at making an enthralling piece of cinema, Spielberg is. So let’s jump into the meat of the review and break down all that, The Post has to offer. Read more

Review – Blade of the Immortal

Blade of the Immortal, directed by Takashi Miike, is a delightfully creative film that takes full advantage of being able to pull from the manga/anime that it’s based upon. With overly theatrical villains and non-stop dismemberment of anyone who gets in the way of the protagonist, the film is one that will have you smiling. Never taking itself too seriously and generally having fun with its concept, I found the film to be an effortlessly enjoyable time, but my concern is that the seeming lack of depth, might not make Blade of the Immortal a film that sticks in my mind for long. Let’s explore all that this crazy film has to offer and see if it’s worth your time and if I’m wrong in my feelings towards some of its less explored elements (which I’m pretty sure I am). Read more

Review – Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright, offers a delicately handled, impeccably acted, stunningly shot piece of cinema, that shines a revealing, powerful light upon one of Britain’s greatest Prime Ministers, during one of the most impossibly difficult times in the country’s history. But it is also more than just one man’s resolve during a challenging time politically and personally; it is also a beautifully shot film, that takes the time to shine a spotlight on aspects that were affecting a time in British politics that was filled with fear and doubt. I was positive walking into this film that I would see something great and I was not mistaken, so let’s explore all that Darkest Hour achieves and how it went about doing it. Read more

Review – Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, feels like a film that continually jingling a set of shiny keys directly in front of your face; sure, it grabs your attention, but it soon becomes irritating, and then insufferable. The film’s premise is interesting, at first, and it offers the usual characteristics that you’ve come accustom to, when it comes to Sorkin-esque characters, but as it went on and it continued to be exactly what I expected it to be, the more tedious and uninteresting I found it to be. There were certainly elements to this film that I enjoyed, and I am a fan of Sorkin’s style and his previous work, but there was something about this film (his directorial debut) that I found myself unable to like. Let’s explore what Molly’s Game has to offer and see if it’s something you might enjoy. Read more

Review – All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott, delivers a fairly expansive story, with well explored, fascinating characters at its core. Despite the unforeseen complications that Ridley Scott ran into prior to the release of the film (the distressing revelations concerning Kevin Spacey) it seems nothing was going to get in the way of the highly experienced director from telling what is an unbelievable true story that has you gripped throughout. So let’s explore all that the film has to offer and just how well Ridley Scott was able to rework what could have possibly been a disastrous outcome for all involved. To the review. Read more

Review – Hostiles

Hostiles, written and directed by Scott Cooper, offers a solemn, introspective look at a transitional point in American history. Not only was America changing; shifting towards a new way of life, but the people who had been moulded by the old ways, also had to change, or be left behind. Taking on damaged, seemingly irredeemable individuals, the film takes us on a journey that is meaningful and full of hardships – all in the hopes of finding a way to heal. This might be Scott Cooper’s best work to date and I’m eager to talk in detail about this incredible film he’s created. On with the review. Read more

Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, almost feels as if it’s towering over you, like a monument to the unfiltered failings of humanity – a monument that demands that you pay it the attention it deserves. You’ll find yourself happily willing to do this, because of how impressively balanced the film is; being both unforgivingly honest and also genuinely funny. Also because of its characters, who challenge you (on a multitude of levels), the performances that astound you, and multiple plot strands that have you hooked from the beginning and throughout. The film is one that you want to engage with, but also slightly fear. The levels of quality on show in this turbulent, challenging film, make it one I’m excited to write about, so come along as I review it, won’t you? Read more

Review – Bright

Bright, directed by David Ayer, is a film riddled with elements that continually clash with one another; creating a disjointed, muddled feeling experience. A director and a writer whose styles don’t mix, a tone that is all over the place, a world that’s rules felt more like punch-lines, rather than interesting world-building, and poor attempts at social commentary; all collide with one another to create a film with no clear direction. There are parts to Ayer’s ability as a director that make the film enjoyable (at times) but this is a film that really struggles to find a balance at any point. So let’s explore those imbalances, and see where this film goes wrong. Read more