With Raw – a visceral amalgamation of erotic thrillers, black comedy, coming-of-age dramas, and unflinching cannibal horrors – French-born writer-director Julia Ducournau announces herself as one of the most fiercely original auteurs working in today’s industry. Ducournau’s remarkable debut feature made headlines after audience members were purported to have fainted during the film’s premiere at […]Read more "‘Raw’ — Ducournau dazzles with ferocious cannibal debut"
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"