Featured, Reviews / 28.10.2018

How do you summarise the extraordinary life of a larger-than-life icon in a two-and-a-bit hour film? This is the inherent conundrum facing any biopic, especially those based around a musician. Focus solely on a few key “important” moments in their life, and you’re missing the quieter, simpler times that balance the scales. But attempt to cram everything in, and you run the risk of delivering something entirely shallow. You really do have to sympathise with any screenwriter tasked with this difficult feat. Then there are those biopics which seemingly...

Featured, Reviews / 11.10.2018

One by one, a group of seemingly innocent strangers arrive at a deserted location. Each harbours their own scandalous secrets and personal motivations for being in this particular spot at this particular time. None are what they seem. Some are good. Most are bad. One is very bad. And over the next two-and-a-half hours, all will slowly be revealed. No, we're not talking about The Hateful Eight. It's the deliciously entertaining but exhaustively long Bad Times at the El Royale, the second feature film from writer/director Drew Goddard, which (for better or worse)...

Featured, Reviews / 10.10.2018

Two years ago, director Damien Chazelle took us to the stars with La La Land, waltzing off with an Academy Award for Best Director (and Best Picture for 2 and a half minutes). With First Man, he's quite literally taking us to the moon and back, and a whole host of Oscars could very easily be trailing behind. With Chazelle at the helm and Ryan Gosling behind the wheel, the tale of NASA's 1969 Apollo 11 mission to place a man on the moon is one we all know the outcome of....

Featured, Reviews / 08.10.2018

Name a beloved horror movie icon and it's highly likely their reputation has been slaughtered by a neverending wave of disappointing sequels. Freddy. Jason. Leatherface. Chucky. They've all exhausted their welcome and become more laughable than terrifying. Then there's Michael Myers, the babysitter murdering, William Shatner mask-wearing, knife-wielding psychopath. Since his debut in 1978's seminal classic Halloween, the serial slasher has been seen in seven awful sequels, a disappointing 2007 reboot and its even more disappointing sequel. When you've already attempted a reboot once before, that's the end of...

Featured, Opinion / 11.07.2018

There's a war raging in the pop culture world. It's an all-out battle between film fans and film critics. The simmering tensions may have always been there. Film critics have been around since the early days of the talkies. Film fans have obviously existed since movies began. But social media has given the most ardent of film fanatic direct access to those who seek to critique pieces of cinema....