Child 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
Horror is alive, and grotesque, in David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. The movie is a nostalgic call back to 70s and 80s horror movies where no teenage couple is safe from the clutches of death. The haunting score and eerie atmosphere seamlessly move the horror and characters to their doom (a very John Carpenter vibe). But It Follows ups the ante by creating a monster that feels so much more personal and specific to its victim.
It Follows is director David Robert Mitchell’s breakout film who premiered it at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. It stars Maika Monroe as the cursed Jay Height and Lili Sepe as her sister Kelly Height. It also stars Keir Glichirst who also pays a leading role in the Netflix original Atypical (2017). Continue reading
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: J.J Abrams
Music: John Williams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley
By Adam Brannon
When it came to choosing a director for Star Wars: the Force Awakens, there really was only one choice: J.J Abrams. He had the difficult task of bringing the beloved Star Trek series back onto the big screen after numerous misfiring movies and did so with two near-perfect films.
With Episode VII of the sci-fi soap opera proving to be the most-hyped movie of the last decade, Abrams had a lot riding on this film. But does it live up to it all? Continue reading
By Rob Stoakes
Despite being the most talented movie reviewer of our generation, I walked into The Peanuts Movie having no clue as to how it would fare. On the one hand, Blue Sky Studios haven’t made a film that was any better than mediocre since Ice Age, and if there’s one intellectual property that doesn’t need Hollywood’s “Simplify everything and stamp out all emotion” attitude towards kid’s movies, it’s Peanuts. But on the other hand… it’s Peanuts. Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip is one of the most sincere and darkly hilarious things ever created. Surely, Hollywood couldn’t ruin that, right?
Right? Continue reading
KRAMPUS (UK CERT 15)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Music: Douglas Pipes
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner
By Adam Brannon
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or in the case of one typical US family, it’s not, as they face off against a whole host of festive monsters and ghouls, all serving their evil overlord, Krampus.
This horror comedy takes the genre to a whole new level, throwing in a nice dose of cheesy festive calamity for good measure. But will you be wishing for it on this year’s Christmas list? Continue reading