Having recently jumped on the bandwagon along with 50 million other people in signing up for Disney+, and with free time at home being in abundance, I decided that the moment had finally come to re-watch the entire MCU from Iron Man (2008) all the way to present day phase 3.
Having now made it through 20 or more films over the past 6 weeks, there were very few surprises. Captain America: Winter Soldier remains a thrilling Bourne-esque spy story that marked a shift in tone for the Avenger’s solo projects, and Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World both remain tedious, inconsequential bores. Continue reading →
Science fiction holds a special place in my heart. There’s a level of escapism that you simply don’t get in any other genres. Whether that be a journey to the centre of the earth or an adventure to a galaxy far, far away; you can be certain to find drama, action, sacrifice and thrilling spectacle.
As a self-proclaimed sci-fi fanatic, this was a very difficult list to write. The competition is strong, and the choices are many. Sacrifices have indeed been made however and so, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the top 5 greatest science fiction films of all time. Continue reading →
Why are horror houses such a mainstay of the scary movie genre? It’s a concept that has been used time and time again, whether it be for the gory antics of The Last House on the Left or for the more subversive, spectral encounters of The Babadook, there is something about a fright-filled homestead that really hits a nerve with people.
Perhaps it’s the ultimate subversion of what makes us feel most safe that audiences get a kick out of. Where horror is concerned, taking something innocuous and perverting it into a symbol of fear is not only a commonly used dramatic device, it’s present in almost all scary films. Continue reading →
After last year’s bitterly disappointing Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which presumably only received an Oscar nomination because of its subject matter, I decided it was time to revisit some of Tarantino’s classics. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work, but Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was such a drab, underwhelming, damp squib of a movie, I actually started to question my Tarantino loyalty.
Reservoir Dogs is a film that I have always hugely enjoyed though and, having not seen it for a good few years, what better place to start? The film was initially released in 1992 and the story behind production is a quite an interesting one. Made on a meagre budget ($1.2 million), Tarantino had to beg, borrow and steal to get his debut film made. Continue reading →
I really wasn’t all that interested in 1917 during the build up to its release. Even following the successful pre-release screenings on the 4th of December, I couldn’t muster up any interest in what looked to be yet another generic war film. Sure, the trailer was solid, and the film had a swathe of big names attached to it, but nobody I had spoken to was particularly excited about actually seeing it.
My interest piqued however when reviews started rolling in, the film was being both praised critically and received well commercially. Still, I had my reservations. Historical war films tend to garner a lot of interest due to the sentimental themes and shocking imagery they portray. So what if it has 10 Oscar nominations? Once Upon A Time In Hollywood does too, and that was a self-indulgent bore fest. Continue reading →