‘Alien: Covenant’ Review

covenantAs much as I was excited to see this new Alien movie, as I sat in the theatre waiting for the lights to go down, I found myself wondering what exactly I actually wanted from an Alien movie in 2017. Would I prefer it to just be essentially another of the numerous Alien clones that have continued to appear in the decades since its inception, but with a proper Xenomorph? Or do I want someone to try and tell a completely new story in within the Alien universe? While my instinct goes straight for the latter option, the last few times that was attempted the results were, at best, highly divisive. Continue reading

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‘Split’ and its Unprecedented Ending

splitI 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

Director Months: January – Sion Sono

why-dont-you-play-in-hell-2One of my movie-related new year’s resolutions this year was initially just to try and watch a few more older movies I hadn’t seen, but I then decided to be a bit more rigid and instead opted to settle on becoming familiar with some more well-known and acclaimed filmmakers that I’d personally not seen much, if anything from. I decided to split this into what I feel is a fairly manageable format; one director per month, who has an established reputation and body of work, but that I’ve only seen a very small portion of, if anything at all. Then I must try to see at least three films from each director’s filmography, and not just the three most recent ones. Continue reading

Being Optimistic About Big Franchise Films for 2017

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Happy New Year! That’s 2016 over and done with, and I want to try and think positively about what we’ve got coming up this year in the field of something that disappointed me immensely last year; big studio franchise films.

Glancing at a list of the top grossing movies of the year, you’ll yet again see that franchise films – sequels, remakes, reboots, prequels, spin-offs etc. – are dominating it. They’re still among the most consistent earners in the business, which doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon, but I think that 2016 was an especially weak year for these films in terms of quality, and most people will probably agree with me there to some level. When at the end of a long summer (which in movie season terms appears to run from March to October now), you can look back and say that the solid-if-unspectacular Star Trek Beyond was easily the best blockbuster, it can’t have been that impressive of a year. For me it was disappointments week after week, and yes I am including Captain America: Civil War in this, a film whose wide acclaim continues to mystify me (I genuinely liked X-Men: Apocalypse more). Continue reading

October Horror: ‘Martyrs’ (2016) Review

martyrs-2016Readers of this blog may recall that I named Pascal Laugier’s 2008 film Martyrs as my choice for the number one horror movie of the 21st century so far. Being a noteworthy foreign language horror movie, an eventual remake was I suppose inevitable. I’ve only on rare occasions had the experience of seeing one of my favourites get the remake treatment and tend to approach them with cautious optimism knowing I’m going to, if reluctantly feel the need to watch them at some point anyway (I’ve been sitting on my copy of the Unforgiven remake for over a year now for example) but this was one when I truly feared the worst, particularly seeing that early in its production, the creators mentioned that this would be a softer, less harsh Americanisation of the story. Continue reading

October Horror: ‘The Greasy Strangler’ Review

the-greasy-stranglerLike many people who watch a great deal of movies, I’m always happy to come across a film that’s completely unique and unlike anything I’ve seen before. Well I have found such a movie in new horror-comedy The Greasy Strangler, a completely bizarre and distinctive film. But complementary as that might sound, I’ve been struggling with this movie a bit too. It’s been several days now since I saw it and I just do not know if I like it or not. I imagine that can sound like a useless thing to say in a review but I can only be honest here. Continue reading

October Horror: ‘Yoga Hosers’ Review

yoga-hosersDespite the critical panning and box office failure of his 2014 horror-comedy Tusk, a film that began as a rambling podcast exchange insultingly included over its end credits, Kevin Smith has pressed on with his intent to make it part of his True North Trilogy with a second entry; Yoga Hosers (the end credits threaten a third entitled Moose Jaws as well). There were many bad things to report about Tusk, but arguably the worst was the inexplicable and gratingly awful appearance of Johnny Depp as French-Canadian detective Guy LaPointe. Buried under prosthetics, a barely recognizable Depp dragged that already terrible film to a screeching halt with his desperately unfunny caricature. Continue reading