Rampage review “Bigger isn’t necessarily better”

Rampage movie posterRampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.

That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading

Ghost Stories review “A horror movie that doesn’t fall flat”

Ghost Stories movie posterA horror film is a hard thing to do well. Most horror movies are predictable, with overused tropes and twists turning the story from scary, to sub-par. Ghost Stories, from writers and directors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, is one of those horror movies that doesn’t fall flat.

Ghost Stories follows arch-skeptic Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), as he stumbles across a long-lost file containing three cases of inexplicable hauntings. With demons, ghostly little girls and a surprising twist, this movie is the epitome of a horror film. Continue reading

A Quiet Place review “Quietly terrifying”

A Quiet Place movie posterCinema is awfully quiet these days. Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck and Kim Ki-Duk’s Moebius are among the small but substantial handful of films to have embraced the power of keeping schtum. In the cacophony of modern cinema, silence is an underrated commodity. John Krasinski’s directorial debut A Quiet Place is the latest to hold back on the sound in order to enhance the visual horrors. If ever a film had me inwardly crawling my way into a booby trapped bear pit whilst silently gabbering with fear, A Quiet Place is that film.

There’s been some kind of apocalyptic event, biological or alien that we don’t know, in which humanity (or the US at least) is now hunted by giant, super fast and super vicious reptilian creatures. Completely blind, they hunt with an acute sense of hearing meaning survivors must live in a constant state of silent, fearful anticipation. Even the slightest noise will draw them out and if they hear you, well, you’ll see. Continue reading

Love, Simon review “One of the most important films in a generation”

Love, Simon theatrical posterI don’t think anyone will have any qualms in me saying that the LGBT community is one of the most vastly underrepresented parts of society when it comes to mainstream Hollywood movies.

Sure, we’ve had indie hits like Call Me by Your Name and Moonlight that have also performed well at the Oscars, but the closest we’ve ever gotten to a mass-market crowd pleaser has been Ang Lee’s 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain and if we’re being honest, that wasn’t marketed in a way that made it particularly mainstream.

Aiming to change all that is Love, Simon. Based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is the first truly mainstream rom-com that features a lead gay character. But is the film a beacon of hope for a massively underrepresented LGBT community or a movie that daren’t go too far? Continue reading

Isle of Dogs review “Man’s best friend”

Isle of Dogs posterIf you’re familiar with the work of Wes Anderson, you’ll know what to expect from his films: oddball characters, immaculate set design, a quirky plot and an immaculately assembled ensemble cast. In his latest feature, Isle of Dogs, Anderson not only meets your expectations but exceeds them.

The story is set in future Japan, where all dogs have been quarantined on Trash Island due to an outbreak of highly contagious dog-flu. A young boy, Atari, flies to the island, in order to find his beloved guard dog, Spots.

First, let’s start off by saying this: this movie is a masterpiece. It has heart, it has beauty and it has a screenplay that most movies could only dream of having. It’s sharp, witty and perfectly crafted. Continue reading