Room review “Ma’s World”

Room movie posterChild acting in film is a different beast compared to its adult counterpart. Both instances already require direction and, in some cases, a lot of patience. The impressionable minds of child actors sometimes become an extra layer that interferes with the creative process. So to have a eight year old star in the dramatic thriller RoomI knew I was in for a ride. With a particularly heavy and emotional subject matter, would Roomsucceed or would the leading child become a distraction?

Room tells the story of a Joy, a woman who was kidnapped as a teenager and has been held captive in a room. The movie opens up on the eve of her son’s fifth birthday. The premise of the movie explores the idea of raising a child from birth in the confides of a 10×10 room. Room excels at setting up this plot “what if?” and executes it well with attention to the smallest of details. Continue reading

The Predator review “A soft reboot that actually works”

The Predator movie poster1987; feels like a long time ago doesn’t it? In fact, most of you reading this I imagine weren’t even born way back in the late 80s. I mean, I was only a twinkle in my parents’ eyes at that time. But I digress.

What’s so special about 1987? Well, it was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked serious alien butt in the first Predator movie. Of course, the franchise’s now infamous fall from grace is the stuff of legend, and along with Alien, the original remains a true high point in the sci-fi horror genre.

Rebooted for 2018 with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black at the helm, The Predator aims to revitalise the public’s interest in this flagging horror franchise. Looking at Shane Black’s unusual resume, he seems a strange choice to take charge here, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. But just how good, or bad, is The Predator? Continue reading

The Fundamentals of Caring review “More than just fluff ”

The Fundamentals of Caring posterNetflix releases a lot of movies. Combined with the TV shows and other classics that are uploaded to the site daily, it’s not surprising that a lot of the gems on Netflix don’t get to shine as brightly as they should. That was the case with The Fundamentals of Caring. After being available to view for almost two years, as well as being missed by me on multiple occasions, decided to finally watch it. However, was it a hidden gem?

The Fundamentals of Caring follows Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd): a man who is suffering an unfathomable amount of loss. In this dark time, Ben decides to become a care-giver, and is hired to look after Trevor (Craig Roberts), a sufferer of muscular dystrophy. Continue reading

The Spy Who Dumped Me review “Full of wasted talent”

The Spy Who Dumped Me posterI went into this film optimistic. Yes, the trailer looks terrible, and the script is weak and the plot is cheesier and holey-er than a slice of Emmental, but, Kate McKinnon. Aside from being the biggest, best and funniest in her regular slots on SNL, her big screen debut in the all female reboot of Ghostbusters (2016) firmly cemented her reputation for being a sparkling comedic presence. Sadly, even McKinnon couldn’t save this bland, unfunny, girls-gone-wild caper, delivering poorly-scripted lines by yelling and sticking out her tongue.

The comedy, or lack there of, isn’t the only problem with The Spy Who Dumped, a title that may have duped many an unsuspecting cinema-goer by being smarter than the film itself. The problem with this movie is that it strives to be so many things and doesn’t do any of them right. The violence is extreme and goofy, the kind you might see in an Edgar Wright movie except this isn’t an Edgar Wright movie and the gore just seems out of sync when set against the attempts of spoofy comedy. The film also takes tentative steps into rom-com territory that leads onto a number of bizarrely unfunny series of vagina gags. Director Susanna Fogel clearly had big ideas for this girl-power spy spoof romp, but ultimately fails to see them through. Continue reading

The After Party review “A coming-of-age movie for the present day”

The After Party movie posterWith September rolling closer by the second and the new school year approaching, this year is passing by like lightning. Thousands of youths will be making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, and following dreams that they have had for years. It seems only fitting, then, to watch the new coming-of-age movie by Netflix, titled The After Party.

The After Party follows two best friends – Jeff and Owen – as they try to desperately sign a record deal the night before Owen is signed up for the Marines. With strippers, Rolls Royce Phantoms and a handful of chart topping rappers, this movie appears to have it all. Continue reading