Ah, Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year. Full of joy, cheer and watching the same Yuletide movies over and over again. However, the festive season need not be a cacophony of monotony – here are 10 Christmas movies that might just knock you out of that joyful rut.
The Wild West. Full of outlaws, cowboys and guns, this has been a topic of many a blockbuster movie. However, Netflix’s latest release, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is a western with a twist. Comprised of six separate stories, this movie explores many aspects of the Wild West, without just focussing on the shooting part.
The movie follows a variety of characters, as well as the titular Buster Scruggs. We see them as they begin many adventures, fight a lot of random people, and perform a lot of boring shows. With a stellar cast, a few laughs and a pair of veteran directors, this movie seems like it’s on to a winner. Continue reading
It’s not often that a gritty retelling of a historical conflict is sold as one of the most entertaining movies of the year. It’s also unusual that said movie does so well with audiences, and fairly poorly with critics. That’s what’s happened with Netflix’s newest release, Outlaw King. However, who is right – is this movie actually worth the time, or should you binge-watch another series instead?
Outlaw King follows Robert Bruce (Chris Pine) as he revolts against the English King Edward (Stephen Dillane) for control over Scotland. Continue reading
J.J Abrams has always had a knack for injecting his films with a jarring dose of body horror. Cloverfield (2008) had the infamous exploding woman, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) had a melting John Goodman after he got soaked in acid, and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) had, well, a truly horrifying script. Whilst Overlord (2018) is a firmly stand-apart feature from the Cloverfield franchise (despite the rumours), there’s definitely enough body shock and gore to feel like an Abrams production.
There are so many descriptors one could attribute to Overlord; delightfully nasty, bloody and nauseatingly tense are but a few. This film is a grungy B-movie horror disguised as a slick WW2 drama and boy, is it fun. Continue reading
This year has had some fantastic horror movies so far, Hereditary scared the bejeezus out of nearly everyone who saw it, Upgrade was a hilarious horror-comedy with a fantastic twist, and heck, my favorite film of the year so far Annihilation was a visually stunning masterpiece with heaps of immense thrills. Now, a new challenger has arisen for the title of “Best Horror Film of 2018” and that film is Overlord, which combines Nazis and… well, I’m not sure what to call them so I’ll just say zombies.
I was extremely excited for the film based on the first trailer, which in my opinion, made this movie look like the coolest movie of all time. Nazis, flamethrowers, syringes, zombies, and huge explosions had me pumped up, and when I saw it on Thursday night in IMAX… I was blown away by the film. Now, without further ado, let’s break down why Overlord is now in my top 5 of 2018. Continue reading