Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, written and directed by Luc Besson, delivers a fantastical universe, filled with creatures, locations and set-pieces that dazzle the eyes. But… well that’s pretty much it. Valerian is a film bursting with things to look at, but beyond that there is a notable dearth of compelling content. So, is Luc Besson’s long envisioned project all show and no substance? Well, let’s explore that and more in my review. Read more

Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, feels almost like a test – a test of the audience’s patience, a test of their commitment, and a test of their willingness to accept what they are watching. From my time with the film, quite a few of the people in the audience struggled to overcome those tests (which is understandable). This is a film where you need to be willing to let the film tell its story how it wants too. It doesn’t play by the rules in any way and that can make for an experience that feels difficult to interact with. But what exactly is it about this film that might make it so challenging for audiences? Well, let’s explore that and more through this review.
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Review – Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch, is a film with an infectious style. With its pulsating soundtrack, its vibrant colours, its delightfully brutal actions scenes and it all being within the backdrop of Berlin in 1989 – there’s much to gorge your senses on, in Atomic Blonde. However, the film doesn’t really go beyond that. There isn’t much depth for you to sink your teeth in to. But, does that diminish the overall experience? Well, let’s find out in this review. Read more

Christopher Nolan’s Filmography – My Least Favourite to My Absolute Favourite

With the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk. I felt now would be a great time to do a wee personal list, ranking all of Nolan’s films. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and with a new film just being added to his incredible filmography, this seems like the perfect time to do so. I should point out that even though I have seen Dunkirk (which you can read the full, in-depth review of, by clicking this link) I still think it is too soon to add it to this list. I need more time to let the film settle, before I begin to rank it alongside Nolan’s other films. But again, if you want to know what I thought of the film, just click on that link above. So, enough with the intro-filled ramblings, let’s get to the thing you and I care most about in this piece: The list.
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Review – The Big Sick

The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, is a sweet, genuinely funny and every so often emotionally gut-wrenching film. I found it so easy to want to settle in and become a part of this films story. It is filled with people you want to watch; people whose lives seem fun, but are still marred by the complications of life. You will laugh, you will be pulled in by how genuine it all feels, and by the end you will be fully a part of the character’s lives. But let’s explore in more depth, why this film is so effortlessly engaging. On with the review. Read more

Review – 47 Metres Down

* This review will contain spoilers for 47 Metres Down. *

47 Metres Down, directed by Johannes Roberts, is a predictable, boring, slightly insulting film. I went in hoping for a tense, thrilling little film and instead got a drab, uninteresting film that offered nothing memorable or exciting. It had a good premise to work from, but it simply didn’t know how to play with it. This won’t be the kindest of reviews but the things I have to say are honest. So let’s get on with the review. Read more

Review – Dunkirk

Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, is an absolutely incredible experience. Every single element of this film comes together; supporting and building on each other and delivering something that is powerful in its emotion and wholly engaging in its presentation. Almost from the moment the film starts, you are pulled into a true story that is unbelievable to witness, and never-failing in its momentum. There is much to break-down and talk about with Dunkirk, so let’s get out of the intro and on with the review. Read more

Review – Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper, written and directed by Olivier Assayas, is a film that was forever evolving. I didn’t know where this film was going to take me next, but where ever it was, I wanted to follow it there. Watching it was one of those hypnotising experiences that films can cause every so often, where you get lost in everything about the film, and you just let it take you away. I’m left with questions and I’m left with much to process – to think over. Part of that processing is actually through this review that I’m about to write. So, let’s get into that and find out what exactly it is about this film that I found to be so affecting. Read more

Review – The Beguiled

* This review contains spoilers for The Beguiled. *

The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a film that is full of multiple missed opportunities. There were many chances to have some genuinely compelling, stimulating content to this film. Instead we get characters who lack any depth, a plot that almost feels non-existent and just a general lack of anything of real substance. As someone who is a fan of Sofia Coppola’s previous work, I was surprised at just how empty this whole film felt. But is it all bad? Are there glimmering lights of hope within the film that make it worth seeing? Well, let’s explore those questions and more in my review. So, let’s get to it. Read more

Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, is a film that is so full of a fulfilling emotional resonance and a defining central role in Caesar (Andy Serkis) that this is one of those films that leaves its mark on the summer blockbuster season and absolutely stands out from what is usually a pretty bland assortment of films. I’ve loved this new set of Planet of the Apes films since the beginning and I’m looking forward to breaking down this final instalment and exploring what it does well, but also what it struggles to fully succeed at. So, let’s find our way out of this intro and into the main review itself. Read more

Review – It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, is a film that is tense, atmospheric and forever playing with your expectations, though the way it plays with your expectations may hinder some peoples enjoyment of the film. You see, I’m of the mind-set that general audiences will struggle with this film; not finding it to be the all-out scare-fest that they are hoping it to be, but for me this film was exactly what I was hoping for, and more. But let’s find out through this review if this is a film for you, while also giving me the chance to gush about it, ever so slightly. So on to the review we go. Read more

Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is pretty much… well… it’s a Spider-Man film. For me it didn’t really do anything new or particularly interesting with the webbed slinger, but what it does do with him is still enjoyable to watch. I was certainly entertained by the film and I think that Tom Holland is a brilliant choice. But still, I couldn’t ever get past the fact that I’d seen all of this before and while it was slightly enhanced by the Marvel way of doing things, it was still something that left me feeling lukewarm on the whole thing. There’s much to dissect about this film, so let’s get onto the main review and see what it is this film has to offer. Read more

Review – 20th Century Women

20th century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills, is a film so full of life; the vibrant, messy, spontaneity of life. This is a film that juggles a deeply nuanced and unique set of characters who all feel so brilliantly explored and so wonderfully crafted. Though at times I found it to be oddly structured, there was something so magnetic about the experience of watching this film; one that felt freeing in how open and exploratory it was. I could go on gushing about this film, but I’d rather move onto the actual review where I can continue to do so, but also point out a few things that still nagged away at me. And so onto the review we go. Read more

Review – Baby Driver

Baby Driver, written and directed by Edgar Wright, is a film that is bustling with an energy, a rhythm and a general sense of fun that most films would beg to have. However all of that energy and fun doesn’t come packaged with a story and characters that ever feel more than just surface level. This put me in an unfortunate place where I would at times be loving the experience and tapping my foot along to the ride that was Baby Driver, and then other times I would struggle to keep my attention on the film and its attempts at plot/character development. But perhaps in Baby Driver those particular elements don’t really matter, or maybe they really do? I’m not sure yet, but let’s hopefully discover the answer through this review. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Okja

Okja, written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, is a film that is continually building and ends up offering so much, in terms of the emotions it elicits and the ideas that it causes you to think about. This is no conventional film and if you’ve seen any of Bong Joon-ho’s previous films that shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. Much like his others film, this one had me fully invested and completely overwhelmed by all that it presented/tackled, and by the time the credits rolled, I was amazed by the journey that it had taken me on. But let’s dispense with all the gushing comments and the intro itself, and get onto the review and what it is that makes Okja such an interesting film to experience. Read more

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