Apostle review “Not for the squeamish”

Apostle movie posterWith Halloween still on people’s minds, the time for horror movies is nigh. With Halloween back in cinemas, it is safe to say that people are craving a new way to scare themselves senseless. However, over the years, it can be said that people want to be less scared and more…disturbed. Netflix’s latest release, Apostle, has the potential to happily fit into both of these categories – but does it succeed?

Apostle follows Thomas (Dan Stevens) as he ventures to a mysterious island, overtaken by a cult, in order to find his kidnapped sister. The cult, run by Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen), relies on the protection of the Goddess of the Island for the people to prosper. As we soon find out, the protection of this goddess is a lot gorier than expected. Continue reading

Operation Finale review “A momentous event that’s dressed up to the nines”

Operation Finale movie posterHistoric movies are a hard medium to perfect. With the serious subject matter, the need to be sensitive to those who may have lived through it and to also get across just how momentous this event was, takes a lot of doing. Netflix has recently brought out Operation Finale – movie based on the apprehension of Adolf Eichmann. But did this movie do this event justice?

Operation Finale follows Peter (Oscar Isaac) and a group of Israeli secret agents as they travel to Argentina to capture Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the mastermind behind the Nazi’s Final Solution. Continue reading

Hold the Dark review “A Spectacle without a Player”

Hold the Dark movie posterDid you know that Alaska is the largest state of the United States? Or that Alaska is the only state name that can be typed on only one row of keys? Crazy to think, but true. More often than not, Alaska in cinema is represented as ambiguous and isolated from the rest of the world. And if those fun facts didn’t do it, think John Carpenter’s terrifying Thing or the movie and television series Fargo and the countless aliens that converge in Alaska to commit their abductions.

Alaska is the perfect setting to convey a mysterious and foreboding story. Hold the Dark (2018) is no different. Netflix’s newest drama takes place in desolate and cold Alaska. But does it do anything new and worthwhile in good ol’ Alaska? Or does it settle for safety in this familiar space? Continue reading

Sierra Burgess is a Loser review “The kind of movie teenagers shouldn’t watch”

Sierra Burgess is a Loser posterNetflix have been releasing their fair share of rom-coms recently. All of them are slightly different, but not so much that you would be bothered about which one you were watching. However, following their latest release, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, I can safely say that this one is very much different.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser follows Sierra (Shannon Purser), a high schooler who is ostracised for being slightly chubby and very clever. She becomes embroiled in a catfishing debacle when resident popular girl, Veronica (Kristine Froseth), gives Sierra’s number to rival school quarterback , Jamey (Noah Centineo). 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