Reviews

A Long Time Ago In A Hollywood Far, Far Away – Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (Film Review)

There is a sequence at the beginning of Amanda Ladd-Jones’ documentary about her father, Alan Ladd Jr., where she poses one simple question to a variety of Star Wars fans at a convention: do you know who Alan Ladd Jr. is? Many of these fans, dressed as their favourite characters from one of the most

Invincible Episode 7 (TV Review)

This show truly does keep getting better and better. Invincible episode seven might just be the best superhero material we have seen so far this decade. It’s bleak, gory and leaves you with so much to comprehend. It ramps up the action and delivers themes and ideas that we have not seen explored in this

Cinephiles Commit the Best Crimes – Sheep Without a Shepherd (Film Review)

Imagine having seen enough crime films to know how to be able to cover up a murder successfully. Well that’s exactly what Li Weijie (Xiao Yang) does in the hit Chinese film Sheep Without a Shepherd, a remake of the 2013 Indian thriller Drishyam. Li lives happily with his wife and two daughters in Thailand,

“The Rock and Young Rock “Lay the Smackdown” This Week” – Young Rock Episode 9 (TV Review)

Episode 9 of Young Rock is titled “A Lady Named Star Search,” and it takes us back to 1982 as we rejoin the life of 10-year-old Dwayne Johnson, or “Dewey.” As fans may be able to tell from the title, part of this episode’s story focuses on Ata Johnson’s preparation for her Star Search audition,

Eviction Notice – For the Sake of Vicious (Film Review)

I don’t know about you, but when I come home from a hard day working a job that is barely making ends meet to find my unconscious landlord in a bloody pulp lying in the floor, the last thing I want to do is keep him alive!  Oh yeah, and the guy that beat him

“You Taste Like Curry” – Raw (Blu-ray Review)

Sometimes a film develops a slow notoriety. Almost seeming to seep into the consciousness of movie fans as word spreads. Julia Ducournau’s Raw is one such film, initially receiving a bare bones Blu-ray release as a HMV exclusive in the UK. Thanks to Raw’s continued cult appeal we can soon expect a new expanded release

“Even God Takes A Day Off” – The Seventh Day (Film Review)

It’s very rare that a film about something so rich in terror and interest can be so thoroughly boring that you wonder why it’s still going, but The Seventh Day manages it. After a promising prologue set in 1995 we’re introduced to Guy Pearce’s Father Peter, a grizzled priest who is paired up with the

How To Survive a Robot Apocalypse – The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Film Review)

Animation is a medium that has been consistently a fan-favourite. From the studio behind Toy Story (Pixar), to the brains behind the 2009 hit Coraline (Laika Entertainment), we have been treated to some fantastic animated movies during the last decade. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s studio — Lord Miller — is yet another company that

A Stranger Walks Into A Bar – The Oak Room (Film Review)

As much as we all love a big superhero flick, a loud, spectacle-filled adventure, sometimes it’s nice to get wrapped up in a smaller film. Cody Calahan’s The Oak Room is small, but mighty; a twisty and fascinating film with a classic set up. Paul (Peter Outerbridge) owns a little bar in a small, remote

“I’m Coming For You!“ – Wake Of Death (Blu-ray review)

Jean-Claude Van Damme returns once more with a solid acting role wrapped up in a dark action film focused on revenge, loss and dangerous mob law. With an emotive opening first half with some powerful performances from Van Damme and young Valerie Tian, the second half turns into a blistering hunt for revenge against those

Invincible Episode 6 (TV Review)

Some TV Shows start fairly slowly and don’t interest me all that much, but by the end of the first series, I am hooked and intrigued to know what will happen next. Invincible is not one of those shows. Straight out of the gate, the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book grabbed my attention and

The Dark Art of Manipulation – Black Bear (Film Review)

Art doesn't flow from a never-ending pool of creativity, at least good art doesn't. It comes from a process one would assume impossible, the process of having a thought nobody has ever had before. Getting in the headspace to traverse infinity isn't easy for everyone, and that is what Lawrence Michael Levine's Black Bear is about,

“I Will Definitely Kill You, But I’m Madly In Love With You Too” – Me You Madness (Film Review)

Louise Linton's eccentric one-woman show Me You Madness is one that will definitely be burned into my memory for months to come. A bizarre concoction of American Psycho (2000) attributes, neon colour palettes, and dismembered men - this film keeps the audience both engaged and confused throughout. Ily Films Linton stars alongside Gossip Girl heartthrob Ed Westwick,

Not Quite the Scandal – Effie Gray (DVD Review)

It’s odd to see that this film is trying to get its second wind after its initial 2014 release date, but the years have not been kind. What feels like a missed opportunity to turn one of the biggest scandals of the Victorian times, at least amongst the art world and the London elite, just

“Why can’t we share our pain?” – Secrets & Lies (DVD Review)

Mike Leigh is one of the most well-known British film directors of all time, with 7 Oscar nominations and countless BAFTA nominations to his name. He was even awarded an OBE in 1993 for his services to the film industry and now, his 1996 film Secrets & Lies is joining The Criterion Collection. Secrets &

All the Right Notes But It’s Not Music – Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (Film Review)

Let's get the obvious bit out of the way: Ip Man: Kung Fu Master does not have Donnie Yen or Tony Leung. This is not Wilson Yip or Wong Kar-Wai. This is yet another in the myriad number of adaptations and stories inspired by the life of Ip Man, the master of Wing Chun, the

Please, Make It Stop – The Reckoning (Film Review)

The Reckoning is a horror film set during the Great Plague of 1665. Grace (Charlotte Kirk) is a mother who’s been recently widowed and is struggling to look after her newly born daughter whilst paying her rent and surviving the current epidemic. When she fights off a rape attempt from her landlord she’s accused of

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 5 (TV Review)

Warning: This review contains spoilers for the previous four episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier but thoughts on episode five are spoiler-free. Out of both of the TV series’ that Marvel have released so far this year, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has definitely intrigued me more than WandaVision. Not that Marvel’s first big-budget

Horror Movie Cliché Bingo – The Banishing (Film Review)

Jessica Brown Findlay stars in The Banishing, a horror film about a young lady who moves in to a stately manor with her reverend husband (John Heffernan) and their young daughter in the late 1930s. They try to keep their marriage together and the local church afloat as they are haunted by strange goings on around

“It Does Lack a Certain Spark” – Young Rock Episode 8 (TV Review)

On this week’s episode of Young Rock, titled “My Baby Only Drinks the Good Stuff,” presidential candidate Dwayne Johnson reflects on the importance of second chances by sharing another tale from his days as a 15-year-old making all the wrong decisions.  The story dives into the aftermath of “Fine Ass Karen” being stood up by

Don’t Follow the White Rabbit – Into the Labyrinth (Film Review)

Usually, a hybrid film combining various genres would promise a refreshing take on the missing-kidnap-victim-mysteriously-returns -story but there is something unsettling about Into the Labyrinth and it’s not just the recurring bunny character. The film's labyrinth is a dark and terrifying place, but so it seems is the world that the victims are dragged from.

Remarkable, But Flawed – Sound Of Metal (Film Review)

Darius Marder’s Sound Of Metal first premiered at Toronto International Film Festival all the way back in 2019, which in these times feels like a small lifetime ago. Throughout the 2021 awards season, it has become a black horse of sorts, rather surprisingly but fully deservedly receiving nominations left, right and centre, especially for stars

Catch Us If You Can (Film Review)

Since the late 60’s, John Boorman has been one of the most successful directors; he has made a handful of classics ranging from Point Blank to Deliverance. However, his directorial debut, Catch Us If You Can, has weirdly been one that not many have talked about or even seen! Compared to Boorman’s other films, his

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (DVD Review)

Hold onto your culottes everyone, because Lionsgate are finally releasing the comedy movie of the year on DVD and Digital! Josh Greenbaum’s latest comedy released on Digital Platforms back in February at a premium rental price and is now available to buy on platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, iTunes/Apple TV and