Happy Death Day (Review)

Wholly resisting the urge to mention a certain 1993 Bill Murray comedy, Happy Death Day plays out more like the bastard love-child of the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller ‘Live. Die. Repeat’ crossed with ‘Scream 2’, with a liberal dose of ‘D.O.A’ sprinkled on top (that’s the 1950’s thriller, not the turgid action thriller starring Holly…

IT (Part One) reviewed

So, the long-awaited (and notoriously troubled production) remake of Stephen King’s mammoth 1,138 page novel is finally here, but was it worth the wait? Oh yes, it definitely was. Literally every aspect of the film is just bang-on-the button. Opening to a surprisingly gruesome first kill, this is one film that doesn’t hang about and…

Dunkirk (Reviewed)

Okay, so you all know the score with Dunkirk already. Christopher Nolan’s mega-budget World War Two film, filmed largely down the road from me in Swanage. Nolan thanked the studio recently for “giving this British film an American budget” and, my word, does it show. Beginning with a credit-free ‘cold-open’, Nolan sets his stall immediately…

Alien: Covenant (Reviewed)

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the much (and often unfairly) maligned Prometheus, Alien: Covenant is finally here to further expand and evolve the mythology of the Xenomorph’s origins. Ridley Scott seems to have been taking copious notes after the commercial and critical short-comings that made Prometheus such a disappointment for so many (personally, I really liked…

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 (Reviewed)

The benefit of any sequels, specifically that of the Marvel franchise, where precious time has to be spent introducing and establishing a multitude of characters with deeply complicated back-stories, is that they simply get to hit the ground running. Guardians Vol. 2 does this in spades. Opening to a thrilling and highly comical action-comedy set-piece,…

Reviewed: Get Out

Horror and comedy are often difficult bedfellows, but when writers and directors get it right, such as they did with Scream, Slither and Adam Wingard’s The Guest, the results can be outstanding. Get Out is not an exception. Written and directed by one half of American comedy duo Key and Peele – I’ve never seen…

Reviewed: Free Fire

The latest film from British director Ben Wheatley is always a hotly anticipated affair. Seamlessly able to switch from genre to genre in the blink of an eye – whether it be pitch-black gangster comedy Down Terrace, occult horror Kill List, twisted comedy Sightseers or the Dystopian sci-fi class satire of High Rise – Wheatley…

Reviewed: Split

So I finally got round to watching ‘Split’ last night and, having never been entirely convinced by James McAvoy in the past, I am delighted to say he is simply astonishing in this film as the titular multiple personality disorder sufferer, with no less than 25 different personalities all jostling for his cranial limelight. To…

Reviewed: Kong Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is the second move in the long-feted attempt for Toho Studios and Warner Bros. to collaborate to bring two of cinema’s  (literally) biggest titans together for one almighty smack-down (due in 2020), after last year’s supremely cinematic and thrilling ‘Godzilla’ and this latest effort sees this thrilling and curiously old-fashioned action-adventure brought…

Reviewed: Logan

Beginning with a dishevelled, grizzled and frankly knackered-looking Hugh Jackman being rudely woken from a drunken stupor in the back of a Limo by a bunch of Mexican car-jackers, the titular hero’s swan-song is a very different Beast (pun intended) to any other Marvel film you’ve ever watched. You’ll realise this within the first three…