Ocean’s 8 review “Light and breezy but utterly forgettable”

Ocean's 8 posterIt’s a peculiar state of affairs, the film industry that is. While reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels seem to be garnering much disdain from the movie-going audience of late, studios still push ahead with them regardless.

I mean, look at poor Disney and the performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story if you need any indication of a tiring audience. Female-led reboots are all the rage now too with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters being met with a dreadful run at the box office despite decent critical responses. Next up, we’ve got Ocean’s 8, a sequel no-one was really asking for but got anyway. Is it worth a watch? Continue reading

Alex Strangelove Review “Cringeworthy in a good way”

Alex Strangelove posterJune can mean many things to many people. It’s the start of summer, the middle of the year and has the longest day of the year. However, for the LGBTQ+ community, it signals the start of Pride month. In keeping with this occasion, Netflix has released Alex Strangelove: an ode to the confusion that comes with being a teenager, especially if you’re gay. However, was it a home run, or did Netflix drop the ball on this one?

Alex Strangelove follows Alex as he navigates his heterosexual relationship, as well as the possibility of a gay one, all whilst finishing his senior year of high school. It tackles the issue of sexuality, taking on stereotypes and harmful stigmas in this 100-minutes of educative entertainment. With laughs, cringe-worthy moments and an honesty that breathes a new lease of life into gay rom-coms, Alex Strangelove is set up to be a winner all around. Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with Brock Afentul

_20170512_162124-01Foreword by Adam Brannon. It’s a very happy 25th birthday to Jurassic ParkIt’s unbelievable isn’t it? The film that revolutionised the blockbuster and pioneered intelligent CGI is a quarter-of-a-century old. It’s even more astounding to think that the majority of the special effects still hold-up today.

I was watching Jurassic Park for the 60 millionth time the other day and thought to myself; “how can I commemorate this amazing milestone?” Of course, I could’ve written numerous different articles, but then I stumbled upon Brock, who is the best type of JP fan going.

You see, Brock has created an incredibly detailed, fully-working replica of the Ford Explorer that featured so prominently in the 1993 classic. Thankfully, before the T-rex had her way with it. In this interview, I ask him what it was like painstakingly replicating this incredibly iconic movie car and what his plans for the future are. Read on to find out more. Before we begin: have you checked out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Be sure to check out the spoiler-free review.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review “A bold new era”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster“We’re not on an island anymore” barks Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady towards the finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And he’s not wrong, the fifth film in the Jurassic franchise says goodbye to Isla Nublar in rip-roaring fashion, transforming itself into a a family friendly gothic horror film in its last hour.

Ok, ok, let’s start from the beginning. The Jurassic franchise has often been criticised for relying too heavily on the same story points to make a film. 2015’s Jurassic World, whilst becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was lambasted for being a modern-day reimagining of 1993’s classic, Jurassic Park. And while some of that criticism was justified, it was still pure sugary, popcorn entertainment.

Now, three years later, director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) takes over from Colin Trevorrow to bring us a film that starts out like we expect, but ends on a note that will transform the series beyond recognition. The question is, does it actually work? Continue reading

On Chesil Beach review “Brimming with English melancholy”

On Chesil Beach posterThe pebble beaches, brooding grey skies and that familiar reserved English melancholy of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach have been meticulously translated into film, adapted by the author himself and directed by Dominic Cooke, this being his debut feature film. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as the polite yet passionately in love pair, it’s a tender ode to what it’s like to fall in love in your early twenties.

On Chesil Beach is the story of Florence and Edward, two young graduates who are about to be married in the summer of 1962. Florence is a fiercely talented and ambitious violinist from a upper-middle class family, daughter to a factory owner (Samuel West) and a philosophy professor (Emily Watson). Edward is just as wickedly smart but from far humbler beginnings. Continue reading