Cam review “An Empty Conversation”

Cam movie posterAdvancements in technologies in film are more often than not depicted as evil and wicked to the human race. Shows like Westworld and Black Mirror reinforce this idea that humans struggle to adapt to new shiny toys. Technology is ever evolving and because we have a difficult time keeping up in the real world literature and film have a field day with this unknown. This is where Netflix’s Cam comes into play. In the era of live streaming one’s personal life online, Cam tackles issues of internet safety and identity on and off the internet, but how well?

The movie follows an up and coming cam girl, Alice (Madeline Brewer), as she performs in front of webcams for a prestigious number one spot. She partakes in everything from erotic showcasing to “self-harm”, almost anything to get her rank up in the leaderboards. Just as her popularity spikes a mysterious doppelgänger steals her account and online identity. Continue reading

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs review “A western with a twist”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs posterThe Wild West. Full of outlaws, cowboys and guns, this has been a topic of many a blockbuster movie. However, Netflix’s latest release, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is a western with a twist. Comprised of six separate stories, this movie explores many aspects of the Wild West, without just focussing on the shooting part.

The movie follows a variety of characters, as well as the titular Buster Scruggs. We see them as they begin many adventures, fight a lot of random people, and perform a lot of boring shows. With a stellar cast, a few laughs and a pair of veteran directors, this movie seems like it’s on to a winner. Continue reading

Outlaw King review “Kings, knights and Chris Pine”

Outlaw King movie posterIt’s not often that a gritty retelling of a historical conflict is sold as one of the most entertaining movies of the year. It’s also unusual that said movie does so well with audiences, and fairly poorly with critics. That’s what’s happened with Netflix’s newest release, Outlaw King. However, who is right – is this movie actually worth the time, or should you binge-watch another series instead?

Outlaw King follows Robert Bruce (Chris Pine) as he revolts against the English King Edward (Stephen Dillane) for control over Scotland. Continue reading

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