Squid Game

I can get a little cynical about Netflix etc. hits partly because in Netflix’s case two minutes counts as a view for example. So truly in the streaming sea of things I’m guessing consumption choice doesn’t guarantee quality, if we can simply pick things off of a buffet like at Pizza Hut?? Happily though, Squid…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

I like all the MCU films (well, apart from the 1st Thor 😛), but some of them can lack a sense of wonder in terms of its worldbuilding (the opposite of Lord Of The Rings say), and a feeling of imagination within its action. That’s much different with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten…

A Quiet Place Part II

The first one was quite a sleeper hit. I’d not heard of John Krasinski before this even with The Office’s American version being quite popular, but after watching Part I I figured he really established himself not just as an actor but as someone who can direct genre (in this case a post-apocalyptic horror) with…

Wonder Woman 1984

It’s been a really interesting year, certainly for film, and with Wonder Woman 1984 accidentally being 2020’s closing movie there’s pressure riding on that to deliver. Worth a watch? For sure it’s worth watching. To go too much into why’s spoilery but I can say that amidst its epic OTT spectacle is a well-earned message…

Rocks

Sarah Gavron, as the director, previously did Suffragette (2015). That was a reasonably raw and dare I say it, single-minded (although focused) insight into what they fought for back in the early 1900s, specifically in London. Here there is also a focus on female empathy (within an urban environment although obviously the results are no…

Host

Horror films tends to proliferate in sub-genre cycles, whether it be “found footage” initiated by Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and truly entering the mainstream with The Blair Witch Project (1999), or the so-called “torture porn” one thanks especially to Saw (2004) and Hostel (2005). Now, and I’m not exactly surprised, we have what could be a…

Da 5 Bloods

When I first heard about George Floyd, my immediate thoughts were about Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do The Right Thing (1989). I won’t spoil much for those who haven’t watched it, other than to say there’s a scene that unfortunately immediately highlights its relevance again. Why bringing this up while reviewing his latest, Da 5 Bloods as…

Titanic: A Retrospective Review

I decided to order the Blu-Ray on a whim and see what I made of James Cameron’s Titanic all these years later, since first watching it with my mother back in 2009. Subsequently, my immediate response after rewatching is it’s still a hell of an experience. There must be more to it than just saying…

Capone

“TRAILER. Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12. (Different title. My cut.) 🤩.” This is a tweet Josh Trank, the director+writer uploaded once the trailer became avaliable. After hitting it out of the park with 2012’s Chronicle (which I loved), and bombing hugely with 2015’s Fantastic Four (I didn’t dislike it as much as others but regardless,…

Extraction

With a very good group of friends, I sat down to watch this via Netflix. Considering the zeitgeist at the moment and how you can’t exactly go to the cinema, I thought it would be a really intriguing experience, especially as it stars the one and only Chris Hemsworth! It’s about a mercenary (Tyler, played…