Review – American Animals

American Animals, written and directed by Bart Layton, went from what was at first a light-hearted but mostly placid adventure into what became an intense experience in which the true gravity of the situation had me sitting up-right in my chair, tensed up and fully attentive to the terror that was unfolding for the characters. All of this was made forever involving with some interesting cinematic choices that saw the film being more than just your typical telling of a true story. There are some really intriguing decisions which play into how this film was made and then presented and I’m looking forward to talking about some of them, so enough with this rambling introduction. Let’s get into the review. Read more

Review – Searching

Searching, co-written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, takes a cinematic format that up until this point has been poorly done and instead delivers an extremely compelling, consciously gripping story that I enjoyed every second of getting to be a part of. Does the film completely nail it? No, and I’ll touch upon that, but there’s a very well-made film in Searching and I’m eager to talk about it, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Upgrade

Upgrade, written and directed by Leigh Wannell, offers some fascinating concepts in an intriguingly realised world. However, the exploration of these elements and its plot does feel a little shallow and mis-handled. Still though, there’s something undeniably gripping and unforgettable about Upgrade. So, let’s explore everything that the film has to offer and see if it’s one that’s worth checking out. Read more

Review – The Children Act

The Children Act, directed by Richard Eyre, poses an interesting dilemma; a moral question that grabs a hold of your inner voice and has it conflicted. It approaches its morally charged dilemma with strongly positioned characters who pull you into what should ultimately be a compelling, challenging film. But the handling of certain plot elements leaves the film struggling to achieve what it set out to tackle, which has leaves things feeling unfulfilling. So, let’s dive deeper into this film and see if it’s still able to offer a story that is worth your time. Read more