Review – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, has ample opportunity to fill you with a bevy of emotions. It could delight you, it could unnerve you, it could fill you with sadness or leave you feeling full of joy… but unfortunately my time spent with the film left me mostly feeling bored and full of sighs of tedium. Despite a varied and talented cast, and six individual short stories, there’s a constant flat emptiness to the proceedings of the film, and only in two of the stories did I ever find myself caring about the little tales I was experiencing. There’s certainly much to unpack with this film, so let’s not dilly-dally with the introduction anymore and instead get on with the review. 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 – Live by Night

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Live by Night, written and directed by Ben Affleck, is a film that somehow manages to achieve nothing of merit or note in its 2 hour-long span. Not in some time have I found myself so disinterested in a film; from set-up, to execution, everything in this film feels rushed and lacking in anything that warrants remembering. This review will probably not be the kindest, in terms if my criticism of, Live by Night, but it has to be said, unfortunately. Read more

Review – Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel, is a film that has hints of potential. However, a failing on nearly every front, leaves this film lacking in anything memorable, exciting or interesting. It’s a shame to see a film that could have really been something that stood out (in the video game movie space); completely fail to capitalise on the opportunities it had. This is one of those films that quickly loses you and then never manages to pull you back in – no matter what it throws at you. But let’s get into the fuller review and see just where this film goes wrong. Read more

Review – In the Heart of the Sea

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In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard is a film endowed with some truly beautiful visual moments; whether a ship fighting a violent storm or the cinematic (but uncomfortable) hunting of whales – this is a film that certainly catches the eye. Sadly beyond that the film has very little to offer. A lack of interesting characters, a plot that dances between non-existent and mildly noticeable, and overall a film that almost seems to forget to actually have the needed ingredients of a film of this scale – this is a situation where everything certainly seems to struggles to come together into a coherent and engaging film. Read more