Review – Halloween

Halloween, co-written and directed by David Gordon Green, had me completely hooked. I sat there in my seat giddy at what I was seeing; a good Halloween film that was paying homage to the original in a way that I loved, while also standing on its own as something new and exciting. But then a significant shift in the film’s tone occurred during its middle portion; all that was good disappeared, and the film shifted into a place that DIDN’T work and had me feeling severely deflated. But then it brought it back for an ending that maybe won me back. I’m really eager to dive into this new Halloween film; explore where it goes very right and also very wrong and see if this is a film that I can recommend, because I’m genuinely still not sure. I’m very conflicted on how I feel about this one, but that’s because I so wanted it to be good. Anyway, let’s bring this rambling introduction to an end and get on with the damn review. Read more

Review – First Man

First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, takes a bold direction with one of history’s most well-known and beloved figures. Rather than a pleasant, uplifting exploration of the life of Neil Armstrong, First Man pulls back the curtain and explores the darker, far more depressing story of a man who truly lived a life full of struggle and pain. However, with a solemn atmosphere and a hefty feeling runtime, I do think this is a film that some audience goers might struggle with. So, let’s explore all that First Man has to offer, and the methods it employs to do so, to see if it’s a film you’ll be wanting to see. Read more

Review – Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale, written and directed by Drew Goddard, is a film that fully luxuriates and indulges – and sometimes languishes – in its dialogue heavy scenes. While some serious trimming could have occurred to help streamline this film, it does mean you’ll never find yourself wanting for more. With nuanced and intriguing characters and a plot that is always full of twists and turns, Bad Times at the El Royale justifies its overly indulgent ways (to an extent). So, let’s dive deeper into the offerings of this film and see if it’s one that you’ll want to see. Read more

Review – The Wife

* This review contains SPOILERS for The Wife! *

The Wife, directed by Björn Runge, initially seemed to be a pretty sedate, simple film that would for the most part engage me. But, as it went on, two towering performances from two incredible actors (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) slowly drew me into a film that had me completely gripped. There’s nothing particularly standout about this film (or so it seems) but when you begin to dive deeper into the film’s two lead characters and the performances from those leads intensifies in quality and depth, you’ll find yourself lost in a story that completely holds you. So, let’s explore the inner workings of this film and see if it’s one you might fancy checking out. Onto the review. Read more

Review – Venom

Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer, is as bad as you were probably expecting it to be. A nonsensical, uninteresting plot. A tone that sees the film never knowing what type of experience it wants to offer. A total lack of characters or development. Terrible, incomprehensible action. Pretty much across the board, Venom is a film that simply and unfortunately fails. Not even the manic charisma of Tom Hardy can rescue the film from leaving you bored and frustrated. Well, let’s get on with the (autopsy) review and explore just exactly where this film goes so wrong. Read more

Review – A Star is Born

A Star is Born, co-written and directed by Bradley Cooper, has at its core an uplifting, chemistry-imbued relationship that keeps the film forever feeling like a meaningful, endearing watch. Two strong lead performances and a story that is light in scale but heavy with themes and emotion also played an integral part in making my time with the film feeling worthwhile. I at all times felt engaged with the characters on-screen and was eager to see where their journey would lead. I think my only issue with the film would be the depth of exploration for the characters as individuals, but I’ll of course touch upon that in greater detail in my review. So, there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to A Star is Born, so let’s dispense with this rambling introduction and get to the review itself. Read more

Review – The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was a film where I felt as if I was continually waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever did. Watching this film is like being in a wave machine of potentially compelling elements. It raises you up and begins to push you towards something that seems really interesting, only to go back down again and never amount to anything, and it repeats this cycle for the entirety of its run. This will be an unfortunate review to write as it will involve me being quite harsh about the quality (or lack thereof) of this film and its various elements. So let’s get to it and discover if there’s anything in The Little Stranger that makes it worth your time and money. Read more