Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us is a one-day cinema event that lacks the power it boasts in its title.Read More
Robin Hood (2018) continues the long tradition of blockbuster remakes with millennial-aimed takes that also lead into potential franchise origins. It also continues the tradition of that absolutely falling on its arse.Read More
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t quite the disaster it sounded it was going to be after finally watching it, but soon into watching it you can definitely see why this weak sequel doesn’t bode well for this probably consistently weak spin-off franchise.Read More
Assassination Nation will be someone’s favourite movie and I fear the day I meet them.
It’s a film that sets itself up to be another Spring Breakers (itself very divisive but personally a solid flick) and then slowly then suddenly falls into the realm of unlikable celluloid.Read More
The Grinch (2018) is another generation’s interpretation of the classic Dr Seuss tale, this time bringing it into the world of CG animation via, sigh, Illumination Entertainment.
Benedict Cumberbatch takes his own crack at the lead role and as always, he has big shoes to fill. He does it competently but certainly not iconically, while also surrounded by a supporting cast of other great voices (including the always welcomed Kenan Thompson)Read More
Overlord is a film where if you’ve bought into the concept a bit too much, you will be disappointed.
It’s a film where it sells you on an 18-rated film that promises war, gore, and even Nazi-made zombies, but barely buys into the genre-shift enough to really enjoy it.Read More
Widows is a project that marries two brilliant creatives. After loving Steve McQueen’s two most recent films (I still haven’t seen Hunger) plus having my eyes opened to Gillian Flynn via Gone Girl, when I first read they were trying to work together on something I was filled with excitement.
What they have brought to screens is Widows, surprisingly based on an ITV production of the same name. In execution it fits perfectly in their wheelhouse, with Flynn co-writing such strong female leads, tackling all sorts of themes and throwing in all manner of nicely spooled turns expected in the heist genre.Read More
Slaughterhouse Rulez makes you feel so disappointed after going into a film not expecting much and hoping to be pleasantly surprised. It’s a feeling you’d get from say, the St Trinian’s movies. Which aren’t very good, but they are watchable and fun enough to keep you away from the feeling that you’ve wasted your time.
Slaughterhouse Rulez tries to marry St Trinian’s with Shaun of the Dead, which feels like the germ of a potentially fun romp, but in reality misses so many marks you just want either of those influences on the screen instead. Which isn’t hard when one of those intended apes is a five-star classic.Read More
Halloween (2018) sees the return of Michael Myers and the retcon of countless sequels (and that one reboot). Essentially the new Halloween II, who would have thought it would come from in part Danny McBride and David Gordon Green?Read More
Apostle is too good to just be on streaming. The latest release from director Gareth Evans - known mostly for the two brilliant The Raid films - Apostle follows a man’s journey to infiltrate a religious cult that has her sister captive and turns into a gloriously bloody and dark period horror.Read More
First Man reminds us how goddamn scary space travel is and that sheer bravery and heroism that fuels the impossible being possible.
Damien Chazelle continues to be a director I very much have excitement for. From the universally acclaimed Whiplash to the divisive La La Land (I love it), Chazelle has put together a completely different beast. Music isn’t the through-line for once - though don’t think that means that Justin Hurwitz once again knocks it out of the park - but instead it’s the claustrophobic, captivating journey and motivation of Neil Armstrong towards the one thing the world knows him for.Read More
Bad Times at El Royale is Drew Goddard once again being a brilliant writer/director. Amongst other things he made the meta-horror-comedy Cabin in the Woods which I pleasantly enjoy, and now he’s brought us what is essentially Four Rooms if it were consistently good, and with even more Tarantino/Rodriguez feels.
An ensemble piece that keeps you constantly tense, Bad Times could stand to be a little better paced, but goddamn does it grab you.Read More
MFKZ is an anime you’d pick up in a video store, look at, and shrug. In what would be an interesting French-Japanese collaboration otherwise, MFKZ marries an adaptation of the French co-director and writer Guillaume "Run" Renard’s own comic with the production that includes the work of Studio 4[degrees]C, Who in turn have made some brilliant anime in the past.Read More
Halloween (1978) is another classic I’ve recently retread, and while you can probably guess the ending of this review, let’s talk about getting there.Read More
The Hate U Give is a flick that rides the line between being good and great. There is no doubt that it is tone perfect and evergreen in theme, but at the same time, for a good chunk of the film it doesn’t quite leap at you.Read More
The House Bunny as you can probably tell is not a flick that is sought after to view, but as it’s one of those films you can just throw on while streaming, it can still get the review treatment.Read More
Johnny English Strikes Back is inexplicably the third movie of a trilogy I genuinely only just remembered the second’s name of. And one I never saw. Therefore, this was an interesting watch.Read More
Venom took me in a couple directions I wasn’t expecting as I planned this review in my head. In what was initially a planned piece about the opposite of positive hype for a film - in which there would be discussion on how negative reviews had set up for a hilariously bad film that in reality didn’t deliver - soon had to be scrapped the moment Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock comes into real contact with the titular Venom.Read More
Jurassic Park doesn’t really need much reviewing by this point, but I saw it at the Royal Albert Hall in London recently with live orchestral accompaniment and fell in love with it all over again.
One of Spielberg’s finest, Jurassic Park has all the hallmarks of the filmmaker who made Jaws and grew even more in their expertise by the time he retread ground with dinosaurs.Read More
A Star is Born (2018) is a movie I don’t get but the rest of film criticism seems to. Apparently it’s a revelation, Cooper’s directorial debut is apparently stellar with a deep, rich story, apparently it’s Oscar worthy. Pfft.
The thing about A Star is Born is that even ignoring it’s a remake, it feels like a million movies you’ve seen and doesn’t do anything new, and it doesn’t really do it better.Read More