It makes sense that a studio would want to attempt a giant monsters cross-over again in the current trend for desiring shared universes, and considering that the Japanese production King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) is one of the earlier examples of such a movie. So in case you didn’t know, Kong: Skull Island takes place in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla, but at a completely different time point so they are generally more unrelated, save for mentions of the mysterious Monarch organisation, and while the two most iconic movie monsters of all time are clearly being positioned for a future confrontation, Skull Island is its own story and not all a big set-up. Continue reading
I saw M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Split last week, and considering that it took a few weeks to be released where I am, and the amount of time I spend reading movie coverage online, I’m honestly quite surprised that I managed to get to the film unspoiled. But Split is a film that I just can’t discuss without spoilers because of everything I want to say, so if you’ve also managed to avoid spoilers for the film, I’d advise seeing it without knowing anything more, and please consider this a FULL SPOILER WARNING for this post. Continue reading
The notion of ‘faith-based cinema’ nowadays generally refers to low-budget garbage like the output of PureFlix Studios (Do You Believe? God’s Not Dead) that do not seek to do anything more than shamelessly, and often insultingly pander to evangelical Christian audiences. Then, whenever a director gets a rare chance to actually try something riskier, it usually ends up proving controversial among religious audiences, such as Darren Aronofsky’s recent Noah. No stranger to controversy himself, Martin Scorsese last took on the weighty subject in 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ, a film that caused sufficient outrage to be banned in multiple countries and a terrorist attack at a Paris cinema occurred at a showing. Scorsese isn’t seeking to offend at all though, and at the heart of his latest film Silence, a project he’s wanted to tackle for over two decades, is a sincere exploration of faith and its consequences. Continue reading
2014’s John Wick appeared pretty much out of nowhere and was quickly embraced by action fans of all stripes as a potential new genre classic. It was not so much the character or storyline that made John Wick such an enjoyable piece of action filmmaking though; it’s premise was a weary one, former elite killer comes out of retirement for revenge after being wronged, even if it had a somewhat novel spin in that it was John Wick’s dog that got killed to provoke him rather than his wife. The great success of the film was two-fold, first in its manner of choreographing its action scenes, employing long takes and practical effects which really helped it stand out in a world fill of quick edits and massive CGI explosions, but also the world it presented. Continue reading
The Oscars are just around the corner once again, I’ve just about managed to catch every major film that was available to me, once again my predictions are in bold, thoughts underneath. While the films I was rooting for didn’t win last year, it was the first time in a very long time that I got the Best Picture pick wrong, so who knows, maybe we’ll be in for a few surprises this year too? Ultimately I think this is going to be the year of La La Land.
So the Oscars have really snuck up on me this year, but I’ve just managed to catch almost all the major contenders before the ceremony but I’m afraid I had no time to write full reviews so here are some broef thoughts on the Best Picture candidates I haven’t mentioned previously on this blog. Continue reading
I won’t pretend I have any idea what goes on in Vin Diesel’s mind, but now he’s made all of the money with the resurgence of the Fast & Furious films the producer-star has revealed that he apparently wishes to resurrect the other properties he led early in his career, first with 2013’s awful Riddick sequel/reboot, and now he’s turned his eyes on xXx, his mostly forgotten 2002 “extreme sports James Bond” actioner that started another franchise he promptly exited after a single film. Who knows why, but he has the clout to get it made, so get it made he will. Continue reading