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

Mute review “Unnecessarily quiet”

Mute movie posterIt is likely that many people would assume a film with a lead character that cannot speak, wouldn’t do very well. 2018, however, has proved this wrong, with The Shape of Water winning four Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. Netflix has jumped on the bandwagon of unconventional leads, releasing Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.

Mute follows a mute, Amish barman called Leo, as he looks for his blue-haired girlfriend Naadirah in the gangster-ridden city of Berlin. With a stellar cast, amazing CGI and the director of Moon at the helm, it would be surprising if this movie was anything less than great. Continue reading

“CPR needed” The Legend of Tarzan review

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By Adam Brannon

As tends to be the case with Hollywood, studios pay very close attention to their rivals release schedules, eyeing up potential competition to pit their films against, maxing box-office returns in the process.

And when Disney announced they were rebooting The Jungle Book in March this year, Warner Bros quickly responded with another jungle-themed film; The Legend of Tarzan. But does this interpretation on the classic character swing or fall? Continue reading

“A Striking Visual Translation” The Giver – Review

THE GIVER   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Phillip Noyce  

Music: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard


Over the last decade, cinema-going audiences have had the treat of numerous adaptations of popular young adult novels. Some of them have been particularly great – the Harry Potter series the highlight – whilst others have been less than stellar – Twilight, I’m looking at you.

However, with The Hunger Games on the edge of its tantalising conclusion, director Phillip Noyce introduces teens and adults alike to a whole new world in The Giver, but can it seduce audiences which have already had numerous fantasy worlds to enjoy? Continue reading