Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 11.11.2019

Standing as one of the year's more misleading titles, Ford v Ferrari is far from the film you may be expecting. Sure, the inherent plot is the true-life battle of America's mighty Ford Motor Co. versus the Italian goliath of sportscar racing. But at the very heart of this film is an endearing and wildly entertaining tale of the two men behind the machines, played with terrific gusto by two of the best in the game. With plenty of technical motor racing jargon and several exhilarating race sequences, there's...

Featured, Reviews / 01.11.2019

It's no secret Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of his novel The Shining. From the moment the film was released, King has been expressing his dissatisfaction with Kubrick's work any chance he gets. For those who have read the book, you can empathise with the author. For better or worse, it's a very different beast, particularly its vastly-different ending. Over three decades later, King finally wrote a sequel novel, partly as an attempt to reclaim the story he felt had been bastardised by Kubrick.  Many assumed...

Featured, Reviews / 30.10.2019

Just four years after the last disastrous reboot attempt, it's time for yet another Terminator sequel, desperately hoping to recapture the magic that's been missing from this franchise since 1991. After beating the dead horse that is this saga for over 25 years, these revivals are films nobody really asked for, yet always seems to pique enough interest to continually keep popping up every few years. Much like those rascally cyborgs themselves, the Terminator franchise simply refuses to die. But given the series has gone far off the rails in...

Featured, Reviews / 22.10.2019

Eat the rich seems to be a recurring theme of cinema this year. After Parasite blew everyone's damn socks off with its acerbic takedown of class warfare, Joker made an earnest but messy attempt to craft something similar, and the misguided conservative backlash against The Hunt caused Universal Pictures to unceremoniously shelve the film indefinitely, we're offered up a piece of cinema with an anti-elitist message as subtle as a crossbow to the chest. With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Ready or Not boldly declares rich people are batshit crazy...

Featured, Reviews / 16.10.2019

Disney's monopolistic run on 2019's box office has rightfully taken a slight breather for the last few months. After dominating cinema returns from March to July, we've had a brief respite from their incredible (if not a little worrying) continuous string of blockbuster success stories unlike any in film history. Unsurprisingly, that pause is about to come to an end, as we venture into their third bombastic live-action adaptation for the year. Five years after giving one of their most beloved villains a re-imagining nobody really asked for, the...

Awards Season, Featured, Reviews / 13.10.2019

Way back in 1996, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet twisted a classic piece of Shakespeare's work into something palatable enough for mainstream audiences to lap up, particularly teenage girls currently fawning over a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Taking equal inspiration from a piece of Shakespeare and with this generation's teen dream Timothée Chalamet at its helm, David Michôd's The King might just unintentionally pull in a similar crowd. Whereas Luhrmann's work was a direct (albeit wildly unique) Shakespearean adaptation, The King blazes its own daring trail by leaving Shakespeare's infamous iambic pentameter behind,...