Annihilation Review “Trippy, but beautiful”

Annihilation posterNetflix is known for releasing some pretty impressive stuff. 2018 was the year that the first Netflix film was nominated for an Oscar. It seems they are continuing with their aim of producing quality content, with the recent release of their original film, Annihilation.

Annihilation follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who signs up for a secret expedition following the disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac).

First of all: this movie is brilliant. It’s a lingering, static kind of movie, one which blows your mind and makes you think of nothing else for days after. It, much like the Shimmer it is centred around, encompasses everything, drawing the watcher into a deeper state of unrest and curiosity with each passing minute. Continue reading

Pacific Rim moments: Top 5

Pacific Rim Top 5 MomentsSo Pacific Rim: Uprising is less than a week away from hitting cinemas across the UK. Unbelievably it has taken five years to create this sequel to one of 2013’s most underrated films. Pacific Rim was criticised for its by-the-numbers plot but this Del Toro movie was much more than giant monsters and robots fighting.

In fact, it was director Guillermo Del Toro’s first real mass-market blockbuster. Sure Hellboy and its sequel The Golden Army were comic-book stories, but they never had the mass appeal of say, the Transformers series, which Pacific Rim can be at times, quite a lot like. With Uprising hitting cinemas very soon, I thought it was high-time to look back through its predecessor and pick out five moments that make it stand out from the rest of the blockbuster crowd. Continue reading

Tomb Raider review “Contains little tomb raiding”

Tomb Raider movie posterAcademy Award-winner Alicia Vikander is probably not the first choice for many to portray legendary video game character, Lara Croft. Perhaps Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman or even Keira Knightley would have been above Vikander to be in with a shot of bagging the role?

That’s all conjecture anyway as Vikander is the leading lady we have ended up with, for better or for worse. But is this Tomb Raider reboot the film to end that dreaded video game to movie curse and can Vikander take on the role that Angelina Jolie made so famous back in the early 00s? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Mute review “Unnecessarily quiet”

Mute movie posterIt is likely that many people would assume a film with a lead character that cannot speak, wouldn’t do very well. 2018, however, has proved this wrong, with The Shape of Water winning four Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. Netflix has jumped on the bandwagon of unconventional leads, releasing Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.

Mute follows a mute, Amish barman called Leo, as he looks for his blue-haired girlfriend Naadirah in the gangster-ridden city of Berlin. With a stellar cast, amazing CGI and the director of Moon at the helm, it would be surprising if this movie was anything less than great. Continue reading

The Most Hated Woman in America Review “Disappointingly dull”

The Most Hated Woman in America posterIt is always interesting to watch a film about a person you didn’t even know existed. The biopic has earned a place in our hearts, choosing to tackle subjects from the writing of Winnie the Pooh, to the inspiration behind Rocky Balboa. So when Netflix released The Most Hated Woman In America, it is safe to say that I was intrigued.

The Most Hated Woman in America follows the life story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the outspoken activist and founder of the American Atheists. It depicts her first triumph over prayer in Baltimore schools, all the way until her kidnapping and eventual murder in 1995. Continue reading