Glass is M. Night Shyamalan bringing together two of his separate movie universes under one supposed trilogy, somehow making Unbreakable and Split legibly into one world.Read More
Colette is a film that struggles to find itself and once it finally does, it’s where it should have been all along.Read More
The Favourite is my first Yorgos Lanthimos movie, and to my knowledge it’s his more accessible movie to date. I absolutely understand this and I’m glad I knew this going into it. Because The Favourite is very, very good, but it’s gonna be a tough sell for many. I can thankfully say I am now prepared to take the plunge into his other work.Read More
Spider-Man (2002) is your older brother’s Spider-Man movie, and it’s funny how it well it still holds up compared to the several other interpretations in the 17 years since.Read More
Bumblebee proves that - much like Stranger Things - you can still make a classic 80s film where a mysterious endearing friend our heroes meet is chased down by the authorities while something else sinister is out there, and it’s the mysterious being (and our heroes) that are the only things that can stop them and save the world.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
A Simple Favour is Paul Feig’s attempt to showcase another side to his direction. From comedy features that range from middling to good, he now takes us on this thriller peppered with some jokes, and more darker twists and turns.
The final result, however, is quite the flounder, unfortunately.Read More
The Predator (2018) is a project you hear about and instantly get excited over. A return to a franchise with a very good first instalment, an underseen and underrated second instalment, and...other movies and crossovers.
All directed and co-written by Shane Black, who brings things full circle having been cast in the original and punching up its script. It’s been a long time since 1987’s classic, but Shane Black too has had a lot of time to grow and evolve and hit peaks of his craft. Coming back to the well, however, brings mixed results.Read More
BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee spouting more of that fo’ real, fo’ real shit and I dig.
I dig real hard.Read More
Upgrade is one of those movies with an intriguing badass trailer that will of course grab your attention.
The midnight audience award winner at SXSW, Upgrade looks to be the next fun action ride with hyperviolence and hyper-kinetic action. What results in watching it is something that leaves you wanting more, and not necessarily in the best way.Read More
Oh dear. It’s not a great sign whenever you make a comedy-meets-another-genre when the other genre dominates in being more successful and the comedy isn’t successful in the slightest.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is an example of that.Read More