The director of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley, is on hot form. He directed High-Rise in 2015 and A Field in England before that, with a couple of Doctor Who episodes thrown into the mix too. Hailing from Billericay, Essex, Wheatley is the poster boy for British independent cinema and regularly works with companies based in […]Read more "‘Free Fire’"
Instead of targeting the mystery and intrigue of the marketing campaign for Prometheus, which tried to obscure any links to Ridley Scott’s science-fiction masterpiece Alien, the publicity machine for Alien: Covenant hasn’t allowed you to forget its origins. While there are star names in the cast, most notably Michael Fassbender, the real attractions here are […]Read more "‘Alien: Covenant’ — Lost in Space"
It’s become all too common to hear about sequels that don’t live up to the original. After creating a film that felt refreshing in the Marvel catalogue thanks to its vibrant colours, constant laughs, and multiple memorable characters, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had a lot of pressure on him to repeat the […]Read more "‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ – A Solid Sequel"
I have to admit when I first saw the trailer for Get Out I was immediately skeptical. It sounded like an interesting concept but I thought it would be another mediocre horror film. Admittedly I’m not a huge horror fan, my favourite horror films are The Shining and Alien, hybrid-horror films which I’m not even sure some horror purists would consider […]Read more "‘Get Out’ review – thrilling horror-comedy with a genius concept"
Considering it had a massive influence on the science-fiction genre, you would expect 2001: A Space Odyssey to open on a conventional trope for the genre. However, this is a Stanley Kubrick film and so it starts with nothing. Just a pitch black screen with ominous music. My fear on my first viewing was that […]Read more "Classic review: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’"
Editor’s Note: This article contains minor spoilers. When I first saw the trailer for Moonlight many months ago last year I became entirely obsessed with it and desperately wanted to see the film. Throughout the months leading up to the UK release of the film I kept rewatching the trailer, it captivated me so much and I just […]Read more "‘Moonlight’ review – beautifully poetic meditation on identity and self-love"
Hidden Figures tells a story worth telling – the little-known, true story behind the unrecognised African-American women, who helped send John Glenn (Glen Powell) into space in the 60s. The central figure among these women being Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) who was a geometric analyst, smarter than anyone at NASA, including her fellow “computers” […]Read more "‘Hidden Figures’ review – One for the history books"