Review: What We Do in the Shadows

An awesome little Gothic comedy about vampire flatmates. Set in New Zealand, four vampires from different eras live together in one house and, surprisingly, live very mundane and ordinary lives. Holding flat meetings, delegating whose turn it is to wash the dishes, going out on the town, and of course… seducing and killing people by…

Review: Patchwork

A silly, over the top monster movie with a modern twist. A love letter to 80s and early 90s horror. Jennifer is a businesswoman with no friends and a crashing social life, but one night she is knocked out by a mysterious assailant only to wake up again as some Frankenstein’s Monster construct of body…

Review: Gerald’s Game

As a service, Netflix is getting absurdly good. Gerald’s Game is terrifically unsettling. A married couple intent on rekindling their passion get an isolated seaside getaway together for a long weekend. Jessie, a supportive wife, discovers her husband Gerald has quite an excessive imagination for their new sexual exploration. But after she’s handcuffed to the…

Review: Blade Runner 2049 (2D)

How refreshing… a sequel to a film over thirty years old that doesn’t feel recycled and captures the tone and atmosphere perfectly! A Blade Runner is a special law enforcement officer dedicated to hunt down Replicants, artificial humans who are incredibly hard to identify and should they go rogue, pose incredible risks. Following the story…

Review: Nocturnal Animals

A great example of deep character writing. It will definitely benefit from repeated viewing. An artist turn exhibit organiser received a book written by her ex-husband, the story it tells is both moving and unsettlingly personal. With an awesome cast, Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Sheen and Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals is an unwinding psychological…

Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A fun but forgettable spy parody gets a sequel that feels completely unnecessary. Eggsy, as a fully-fledged Kingsman agent, finds the odds stacked against him when a secretive but powerful drug baroness destroys the agency and holds the world hostage, he needs to find allies, new and old, to stop the supervillain. Nobody asked for…

Review: mother!

An incredibly traumatising and dark dive into multiple facets of human nature. She is a resourceful wife set about rebuilding her husband’s old house after it was devastated in a fire. The house holds significance with him, a muse to his poetic and creative writing that he has had much success with. But while she…

Review: It (2017)

Now this is mainstream horror done right! Wow. In the city of Derry, several young bullied kids are stalked by a malicious and supernatural force that represents itself as a clown. As children mysteriously vanish, not only do the kids uncover a long history behind the menace but they take it upon themselves to defeat…

Remake Rumble Review: Whisky Galore!

When 2017’s Whisky Galore! featuring Eddie Izzard released in cinemas, people were quick to inform me that it was a remake, a remake of an extremely popular post-war comedy. After having my ignorance firmly corrected, I think it is time for a little comparison of the two! Whisky Galore! (1949) What a happy, rebellious and…

Review: The Dark Tower

After many, many years of development hell, this Stephen King adaptation finally arrives and… it ain’t that bad! After Jake Chambers lost his father in a fire, he starts to see visions of another world in his dreams, visions that coincide with earthquakes. The visions show a tower in the centre of multiple plains of…

Review: The Emoji Movie

This movie is synonymous with mental self-harm. A child has a malfunctioning phone that randomly starts up apps in the middle of his high school classes and sends weird emojis to people he likes, yet he decides not to repair it. The End. Language has had centuries of evolution. The written word is the oldest…

Review: Atomic Blonde

I was prepared for style over substance, but even the style was lacking here. Set in 1989 Berlin, days before the Berlin Wall would be torn down, signalling the end of the Cold War, Lorraine is a covert operative sent by the British to obtain a piece of sensitive information that has had other agents…