• Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza


    I didn’t really grasp the effect of Licorice Pizza until I left the cinema realising how immersed I was in the world PTA had crafted. Suddenly I was back residing is life’s slow pace and for the first time I began to comprehend how special this film is. 

    Licorice Pizza is truly alluring, a clear-cut nostalgia piece which feels wholly comprehensive for all. A masterful case in capturing location with a genius stroke of ambience. A perfectly paced, consistently funny…

  • My Spy

    My Spy


    A very digestible step in Dave Bautista’s career as he tries to expiate for some straight to VOD duds and tries to prove himself as a Hollywood mainstay. 

    Bautista yet again proves his ability to serve as an action star with comedic sensibility. This is the type of film you would imagine The Rock doing 10 years ago or John Cena doing 3 or 4 years ago, it’s a very understandable choice for a leading man. A highly derivative piece…

  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn


    There’s not a lot to live up to as a Wrong Turn reboot, the original film is fairly average and the franchise has some of the worst sequels in existence attached to it’s name. The premise has always showed potential but six films in and the execution has never quite worked. While the newest Wrong Turn certainly amends some of the horrors committed by previous films, it’s still far-removed from the mythology’s true potential. 

    Wrong Turn is a film of…

  • The Block Island Sound

    The Block Island Sound


    The Block Island Sound is an impressively crafted and productive mood piece with an effective sense of mystery. 

    I think the most commendable aspect of this is how well it takes advantage of the natural elements around it, atmosphere is built really well within the interesting locations used. The more time we spend time in the water the more frightening the films potential outcomes become and the more abstruse the story becomes. Not only the atmosphere, but the storytelling and…

  • After We Fell

    After We Fell

    Unfortunately the sardonic watchability of these films is starting to wear off.

    After We Fell is unapologetic in hitting all the same beats that we’ve sat though in the previous two films, when devoid of recency I would be surprised if anyone could distinguish between After we Fell and After we collided. The repeated plot threads are exacting, the characters argue, make up, make out, have the same badly written conversations and then argue again. It’s hard to imagine how…

  • King Richard

    King Richard


    Inspiring, entertaining and scopic, King Richard is a crowd pleaser done well. 

    This simply wouldn’t work without the wonderful performances that it boasts. Will Smith being the Oscar front runner is far from surprising, he’s very compelling and believable in the role of Richard, it’s one of his more hefty roles with the film very much focusing on him and his leadership. The entire ensemble are impressive, Aunjanue Ellis finds fantastic chemistry with Smith and Jon Bernthal is excellent as…

  • American Siege

    American Siege

    Starting off the year with Bruce Willis’ latest day trip to a film set to grunt and read cue cards. 

    American Siege is the latest from director Edward Drake, who has recently helmed other Bruce Willis vehicle’s such as Cosmic Sin. This time out he’s not in space, instead its set in the back end of a small western town, and Bruce of course features in one location throughout the film. From the beginning of the film we are met…

  • Silent Night

    Silent Night


    Silent Night is proudly left field, opening with Michael Bublé and closing with enigmatic bleakness. Director Camille Griffin utilises her cast and children to full effect but her tonal balancing will prove divisive. 

    For me the airtight tonal breaching didn’t work, the inanely uneasy underlying tone obstructed the film’s attempt at comedy. Touching specifically on the comedy, it’s not very funny, the characters are intentionally insufferable. It was very difficult to indulge in the presence of these characters previous to…

  • The Claus Family

    The Claus Family


    The Claus Family is aesthetically pleasing enough to mask a weak script and a potholed plot. 

    I was not surprised to hear of director Matthias Temmerman’s history in Belgian children’s television. His work here is clearly very familiar, it’s easy to see his professionalism but a lack of enthusiasm is also apparent. The acting is mediocre and obviously meets the directors standards. The film is very derivable from almost every Christmas family film, the plot is overbearing and the characterisations…

  • Home Sweet Home Alone

    Home Sweet Home Alone

    Home Sweet Home Alone is a weirdly embittered film with a very unproductive sense of structure. 

    Whether it be the heinous attempts at embracing self-awareness or the lazy conformation to foregoing tropes, this is a putrid little Christmas film. Strangely Home Alone 5 got a lot right and it seemed they had finally worked out how to rework this franchise in an inoffensive way. Unfortunately Home Sweet Home Alone deserts the reliable Home Alone structure and everything falls apart. First…

  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    Old handers Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes star in this dense, mildly offensive Netflix hallmark outing. 

    The film has some of the most ludicrous writing I’ve seen put to screen this year, the protagonist has an artificial writing job that allows the plot to propel through a public breakdown. She then finds herself in the Scottish Highlands, at which point we are introduced to Cary Elwes who helms a fairly lurid attempt at a Scottish accent. The film then falls…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home


    No Way Home isn’t exactly an altruistic experience, I can absolutely envision why this film means so much to people and how gratifying it must be for a long term fan to experience the events of the story. 

    Personally the nostalgia doesn’t do anything for me, I can’t be overly derisive as my ignorance towards these characters inherently created a barrier between me and the film. Objectively, this handles its premise fairly well, there’s a lot of material here and…