High Flying Bird review “So much more than just another sports movie”

High Flying Bird posterNetflix movies have been gradually moving up the movie food chain. From the outrage that surrounded Beast of No Nation‘s Oscar snub, to recent awards darling, Roma, scooping up the majority of the awards and nominations at most shows, it’s easy to see that Netflix isn’t a foe to be ignored. Their latest release, High Flying Bird, directed by Steven Soderbergh of Erin Brockovich fame, and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), it isn’t hard to expect quite a lot from this movie.

It follows Ray, a sports agent, as he navigates an NBA lockout with his rookie client, Erick. With a star-studded cast and a team that is, arguably, overqualified to orchestrate such a simple plot, Netflix looks as though they’re onto a winner. Continue reading

Velvet Buzzsaw review “Death as an art form”

Velvet Buzzsaw posterThe genre of niche art flicks is a genre that is rarely explored. Whether it be the pretentious, self-absorbed and conceited people who live in that world or the shallow mundanity that lies within it, art dealing isn’t the most popular topic. Cue Netflix’s newest release: Velvet Buzzsaw. It’s an interesting concept, with a lot of room for creativity – but, does it work?

Velvet Buzzsaw follows Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhaal), a highly respected art critic, and the people who inhabit his world. After an unknown artist is discovered, everyone is entranced by his work, as well as the story behind it. However, when weird things start to happen, it becomes apparent that those paintings are more than they seem. Continue reading

Polar review “Oh dear”

Polar movie posterThe humble graphic novel has paved the way for many of the iconic movies we know and love today: Watchmen, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and 300 to name but a few.  Netflix’s latest release is a foray into that elusive world of the graphic novel, bringing gory hitman tale Polar to our TV screens. However, did it translate on screen as it did on paper?

Polar follows world-renowned assassin Duncan (Mads Mikkelsen) as he prepares for his retirement at the age of 50. Against his will, Duncan is forced back into his killing ways when he is pursued by a group of people who want him dead. Continue reading

Summer of 84 review “Blood, gore and nostalgia”

Summer of 84 movie posterThe 1980’s has become a ‘flavour of the month’ for many a medium in the 21st century. Maybe it’s because the filmmakers of today were the children of the 1980s, or maybe it’s just because the 1980’s is one of the most idealised periods of time. Children riding on bikes, nothing to be scared of. However, Summer of 84 would disagree that there’s nothing for kids to be scared of, even in the 80s.

Summer of 84 follows a group of kids as they try to prove that their next door neighbour, Mr Mackey, is a notorious serial killer. As with all good homages to the 80s, it’s got good music, bad fashion and a lot of walkie talkies. Continue reading

IO review “The end of the world as we know it”

IO movie posterThe end of the world has become quite the hot topic in recent years. From global warming to natural disasters, even to catastrophes on a biblical scale, the movie industry loves to imagine just how the world is going to end. However, the aftermath of the end of the world is an idea that is not quite as well explored. Netflix’s newest movie, IO, explores just what happens when the human race treats the world like a piece of rubbish, and whether or not we can salvage any part of it.

IO follows Sam (Margaret Qualley), who lives in a compound in a ‘clean O2’ zone. She is trying to prove that we can adapt to living on earth in these horrendous conditions, based on research started by her father. After a storm ruins her life’s work, a mysterious man appears at the compound in a hot air balloon, asking to see her father. Continue reading