A Monster Calls review “A visual and storytelling masterpiece”

J.A. Bayona is one of the most exciting directors working today, a bold statement that maybe, but in this review, I’ll tell you why. His knack for creating superbly shot, engaging films like The Orphanage and The Impossible has meant many in Hollywood have been keeping an intrigued eye on him.

His hard work paid off in 2018 when it was announced he would be taking over directorial duties on the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, and despite a less than stellar critical response, no-one could argue that it was the most beautiful film in the Jurassic saga. Before he took on that behemoth of a movie however, Bayona was busy working on A Monster Calls, based on the book of the same name by Patrick Ness. But how does it stack up when compared with the rest of the director’s resume?

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The Best & Worst Films of 2017… so far

Collage of 2017 filmsTowards the end of last year, I wrote an article about the films I was most looking forward to over the course of 2017. I also predicted that it would garner more box-office behemoths than any year before it.

Naturally, I was completely wrong and as of September 2017, only two films have broken the $1billion barrier; Beauty and the Beast and Fast & Furious 8. I really need to work on my predictions don’t I?

So, this got me thinking about which films have been a really welcome surprise over the last 9 months and the others that have been mightily disappointing. Without further ado, here’s my top 5 best and worst films of 2017, in no particular order of course. Continue reading