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
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
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