‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

guardians2Guardians of the Galaxy was easily the most obscure property that Marvel studios have set their sights on adapting, and the only really surprising announcement since they made since the MCU’s inception. It was a risk that paid off though, with the film being arguably Marvel Studios’ most unique entry, both content and quality-wise. It certainly tends to lie near the top of any fan’s ranking (I’ve got it at 3 myself). With the addition of this sequel though, confidently the strongest ‘part 2’ of any MCU series yet, they might well prove to be the Studios’ biggest stars. Continue reading

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‘The Hateful Eight’ Review

The-Hateful-EightNote: This review refers to the standard, general release 167 minute version of the film. As much as I’d have liked to have seen the 70mm Roadshow version, it’s not playing anywhere near me.

Quentin Tarantino has never been one to mince his words, resulting in more than one uncomfortable interview appearance, but if there’s one thing that The Hateful Eight makes abundantly clear, it’s that he does not care in the slightest about what anyone else thinks of him. I’ve always liked his films, but I used to begrudge the perplexing and near-unmatched level of fame Tarantino enjoyed as a director, wondering why none of his peers could ever achieve such recognition. He still has the extremely rare distinction of being an auteur for whom every new film released is a major event though, a distinction which shouldn’t be underestimated, and this is no exception. Continue reading

October Horror: ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Review

bone-tomahawkThe horror-western is not a genre hybrid with a particularly successful past, I can only think of a handful immediately and of those only one is worth watching. Bone Tomahawk takes a new stab at this mash-up and does so quite literally, starting as one, ending as the other. It sounds like it could be a recipe for a muddled mess of a movie, but in fact Bone Tomahawk emerges as one of the most original films I’ve seen this year. Continue reading