Reviewing every film I watched in February
From director Ari Aster (‘Hereditary’) comes a modern folk horror to topple ‘The Wicker Man’. With terrifying scenes and gripping character conflicts, it’s a gory and tense experience sure to satisfy any movie lover.
Loosely based on the classic H. G. Wells novel, ‘The Invisible Man’ is that rare film remake that actually works. By adapting its source material to fit its modern surroundings, it is a smart, thrilling and chilling horror that says as much about domestic abuse as it does for fun sci-fi thrills. After escaping from … Continue reading “He said that wherever I went, he would find me…” (The Invisible Man review)
From Robert Egger, director of the acclaimed 2015 horror ‘The Witch’, comes a new terrifying horror: ‘The Lighthouse’. A classic tale of isolation and madness, it’s a Herman Melville inspired version of ‘The Shining’, with equally haunting results. In the late 19th century, Ephraim Winslow is sent to an isolated island off the coast of … Continue reading “Why’d Ya Spill Yer Beans?”(The Lighthouse review)
After practicing with the opening sequence of Spectre, director Sam Mendes brings us a relentless WWI film that appears to all take place in one shot. A breathtakingly visceral film, it proves what an accomplished voice in cinema Sam Mendes is.
Joining the likes of ‘The Producers’ and ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is that rarefied comedy that decides to tackle Hitler and the Nazi’s. Despite it being a dangerously easy topic to make a wrong step with, director Taika Waititi has created another film that perfectly walks the line between comedy and emotion without ever causing offence in the wrong way.
I did it. I watched it. I just about survived it. And though I’m scarred, I can at least now brag I survived the worst movie of 2019.
The Shining is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made (and has always been a firm favourite of mine). In 2013, Steven King (author of the original) wrote a sequel, and this is that adaptation. A sequel to the Kubrick masterpiece but still a film of it’s own, it’s a love letter to the original with enough scares and twists to stand alone.
2014’s Godzilla is a film I remember very fondly. Even upon rewatch, I love Gareth Edward’s adaptation of the classic Japanese character, and think it subverts enough expectation while providing an entertaining popcorn flick. This sequel to it, as well as the third film in the Legendary MonsterVerse (following Kong: Skull Island), unfortunately loses a … Continue reading Humans are the real monsters (Godzilla: King of the Monsters review)
Hellboy is a comic book character created in 1993 by Mike Mignola. After two films by Guillermo del Toro, this R-rated reboot combines the brilliant design of the previous entries with bad language and an unbelievably excessive amount gore. Though it’s riddled with plot holes and story issues, the film is also confident to be utterly bonkers. By breaking the monotony of comic book adaptations to offer something different, you can almost forgive it's narrative sins.