Review – Mudbound

Mudbound

Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, is a film that during the early stages, spins its wheels and directs its focus in all the wrong places. The film fills time with melodrama and nothing much else, until it finally finds what should have always received its attention. I felt myself detaching from the film in the beginning; settling in for something that I would soon forget once it had finished, but the story and characters it then found and shone a light on, may have saved the film. Or did they, was this ultimately a wasted 134 minutes? Let’s explore that question and more, in my review, and see if this film is worth clicking over to Netflix for. Read more

Review – Land of Mine

Land of Mine, written and directed by Martin Zandvliet, was both a morally and emotionally challenging film. Throughout the entirety of Land of Mine, I was questioning myself and what I deemed right; considering the abhorrent acts of a country and its people. Those questions and the challenging thoughts it brought before me, made for a compelling, engaging film that very deservedly got nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the 2017 Academy Awards. I’ve wanted to see this film for some time and now I’m eager to talk about it in this review – so let’s get to that. Read more

Review – Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia, directed by Jamie M. Dagg, offers a small, contained, but well told story that at times is infused with an unnerving tension and undertones of something sinister, while at other times it was harmfully slow and a little too dower. It struggles to find a balance that then makes for an experience that is always engaging, but when it’s at its best there’s certainly something that pulls you in. Is it enough though? I hope to discover the answer to that question through my review, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes, directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, is uplifting, full of heart, and will certainly gain a few well-earned laughs from you. The greatest achievement of this film is that it takes the time to really explore its varied characters, and because of that, it ended up feeling like a more complete experience. Coming from the perspective of the characters first and then letting the story build up around them, both benefited my connection to the people who mattered and led into me being invested in their story. And so, it’s thanks to patience and some noticeable attention to detail (of many elements) that the film has you feeling like a part of the journey, throughout. Let’s bring this introduction to a close and start exploring all that, Battle of the Sexes has to offer, shall we? Read more

Review – Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Spoilers)

* This review contains SPOILERS for, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool *

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, directed by Paul McGuigan, offers charming, intimate little snapshots of a touching relationship, that warms the heart. There is something so beautiful in this films simplicity; with its lovely characters, its sweet story, the time in which it’s set and the places it goes – it puts you in a wonderful state of mind. It of course pulls on the heart-strings and tells a story that will, at times hurt, but it’s worth it. Let’s explore deeper into why the film is worth it, in my review, shall we? Read more

Review – Justice League (Spoilers)

* This review contains SPOILERS for Justice League. *

Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder (and to some extent, Joss Whedon as well) is a totally empty, totally disappointing experience. Once again, you have a film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) that tries to tackle everything at once, rather than sensibly or properly developing things in a way that is smart, comprehensive, fulfilling or satisfying. You have the rushed development of key characters; a plot that is formulaic and filled with exposition, a villain with no characterisation, and action scenes that are ugly to look and lack anything exciting. This film is all that is bad about blockbuster films and also DC ones in particular. This review won’t be kind, which I’m disappointed about, but the MANY problems in this film have to be discussed – for the sake of people who might consider sitting through it or already have. Let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Florida Project

The Florida Project, directed by Sean Baker, gives us an honest insight, and a powerful commentary on a part of America that is almost completely ignored. With a heartbreakingly authentic feel and a host of characters who feel like their taken directly from the streets and put into the film, The Florida Project is able to communicate its message in a clear, unflinchingly sad way. But it’s important what it has to say, and it does it wonderfully. The film isn’t just there to be enjoyed, it is there to make you think and it certainly caused me too. So let’s explore all it has to say and how it goes about doing that, in my review. On to it we go. Read more

Review – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, developed by Machine Games and Published by Bethesda Softworks, is another unrelentingly brutal, satisfying, insane ride through an alternate-reality where seemingly anything is possible. This is a game where tearing Nazi’s limb-from-limb, diving into the psyche of a damaged man and his struggling friends, and shooting your way through some unimaginably terrifying, awe-inducing locations is a continuous experience – one you don’t ever tier of. The game almost never lets up, and is always finding ways to shock you or get you laughing. As a lover of the first game, I was excited for the sequel, but does it match up to its predecessor? Does it justify a sequel? Let’s hack our way into the review and find out. Read more

Review – 6 Days

6 Days, directed by Toa Fraser, lays out and builds its story well, while also keeping a constant level of tension running throughout. For what little time it has, the film is able to tell its story and develop its characters in a way that produces a reasonably full feeling experience that all ends up delivering on a memorable point in British history. Limitations don’t hold this film back, but they do produce a few snags that caused some issues. But do those issues irrevocably damage the film and lessen its watch-ability factor or is it fair to overlook them? Let’s rappel down into the review and find out. Read more

Review – Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is an exciting, engaging film that presents a murder-mystery – and everyone loves a murder-mystery – surrounded by a host of intriguing characters who you want to learn more about – and you will. It’s all wrapped up in a stunning and classic looking experience that delights the eyes and engages the mind. However, is the film able to take the murder-mystery plot and its many characters and suitably expand upon them? Well, let’s ride on down the tracks into my review and see how the films varied offerings hold up, shall we? Read more

Review – Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, was a film where I lavished in all the beautiful joy that it had to offer. Whether it was the serene, welcoming surroundings of northern Italy, the vibrantly interesting characters that filled every scene, or simply the pleasant, freeing atmosphere that coursed through the film – I was completely enveloped in everything this film was. This is one of those reviews that I’m excited to write, because I know it will bring me the same amount of enjoyment that watching the film did – it’s like experiencing it all over again. Read more

Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, is another surreal, unsettling, and at times disturbing film from the unconventional director. There’s something so alluring, yet at the same time distant about Lanthimos’ work. This film feels out of cadence with reality, which makes for something that pulls on your attention as something sinister and distressing slowly unfolds and becomes wholly tension inducing. You don’t know what’s going to happen but with how odd the film is, you know it’s going to be something bad. I’m really interested to review this film as it might be quite challenging. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, is… a Marvel film. It is fun, entertaining and had me laughing along and enjoying the spectacle of it all. It seems that thanks to other Marvel films, they’ve finally found the voice and tone of a Thor film and they capitalise on that find well. The film is also aided by the comically inclined joy of director, Taika Waititi who guides the film on a journey filled with jokes. If I’m begin honest, this review will pretty much be more of the same when it comes to talking about another Marvel film but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things worth saying… I think. Anyway, on with the review. Read more

Review – Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd, is a film that some, if not many, will struggle with. But that struggle does not come from the film being bad, because it isn’t. That struggle will come from the fact that its lead character is a truly reprehensible person. She could perhaps be best described as evil. But, are her evil ways justified? Does the fact that the lead character is so un-sympathetic, mean the film has too large of a hurdle for people to overcome when it comes to consuming this film? I want to explore those questions and more in my review, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – 1922

1922

1922, written and directed by Zak Hilditch, lacks anything that might possibly make it a creepy, suspenseful, meaningful watch. It rushes to get to a particular scene, but once it’s seen it through, the film seems lost as to what to then do. To me, it was clear what to do, but apparently not for the people telling the story or making the film. But is this spooky looking film one that would be good during Halloween? Well, let’s explore what the film has and find out. Read more

Review – The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci, is both one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year and also one of the darkest films I’ve seen this year. The film has great fun with its story and fills the scenes with richly devious individuals who you love to hate. Armando Iannucci is brilliant at cutting to the core of the stupidity of people and situations (his previous work like, The Thick of It, being a prime example of this) and the film is full of conversations, backstabbing and horrendous acts that leave you laughing, but also a little uncomfortable. There is humour and there is also darkness, but what is it that makes this film so much fun to watch? Let’s explore that and more in my review. Read more

Review – A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls, directed by J.A. Bayona, is a wonderfully creative film full of moments that seem like they are pulled directly from a child’s imagination. But it is also a film with a powerful and challenging story at its centre, and all of it is guided by an absolutely outstanding performance from Lewis MacDougall. This is going to be one of those reviews where I gush about the film for a while, so if you’ll indulge me; I’m going to get on with the ramblings. Read more

Review – The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, has a wonderfully addictive rhythm to it. That rhythm doesn’t come from an overstated score or a movement from the actors that dominates the scene; instead it comes from a highly dysfunctional family’s way of communicating with one another. They almost seem to verbally duel one another, with words that move fast and land in a way that seems to physically hurts. It is this damaged, defensive family’s history, that a touching, funny film comes from. I’ve wanted to review a Baumbach film for a while now and I’m excited to finally do so. Let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Party

The Party, written and directed by Sally Potter, offers one of those situations where you shouldn’t be laughing but you can’t help yourself because the biting dialogue is just so on point. With a wonderful selection of characters and a premise that is simple and engaging, this film delivers a quick little hit of meaningful fun. I left the cinema with a grin on my face, but what was about, The Party that caused me to feel so satisfied? Let’s explore that question and more in my review. Read more

Review – The Snowman

The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a perfect example of a film that is completely unable to coherently manage the source material it is based upon. A poor start that sees most of the necessary set-up being overlooked and then a lack of any proper exploration of the characters and the plot, quickly sees this film becoming a mismanaged, dull detective story with no thrills and nothing to hold your interest. I was looking forward to this film, but alas, it failed to deliver on what could have potentially been an exciting, unsettling film. So let’s explore where the film went wrong and if there is anything that makes it still worth seeing. Read more