One Cut of the Dead review “Not just another zombie movie”

One Cut of the Dead movie posterThe horror genre is, arguably, one of the most predictable movie genres around. Stuffed to the brim with tropes, stereotypes and predictability, it can feel like you’re watching the same film over and over again. However, Japanese filmmaker Shin’ichirô Ueda had a different idea for his zombie flick, One Cut of the Dead. However, does it break new ground, or is it a resurrection of a movie that has already been made?

One Cut of the Dead is a story in three acts. It begins with a group of people who are filming a low-budget zombie horror movie in a disused water filtration plant, but then are attacked by real zombies. Carnage ensues for about half an hour, before the movie takes a completely surprising turn. Without giving too much away, it’ll have you crying, but not in a scared way. Continue reading

The Shape of Water review “Strangely beautiful, but bonkers”

When looking at directors with their own unique style you think of Tim Burton and his take on the Gothic, Edger Wright and the way he portrays action, but when you look at Guillermo del Toro’s work you realise that nobody could copy his style. Making the audience look at the supernatural with beauty as well as the terrifying and the Shape of Water is truly his love letter to classic monster movies, particularly The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The film follows Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at a top secret USA facility during the 1960s. Elisa creates a bond with an amphibious creature who is being held captive by the US government, being guarded and tortured by the very cruel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Continue reading

The Snowman review “No, not that one”

The Snowman poster with Michael FassbenderNordic noir is big business at the moment, but with the incredible scenery of the locations lending themselves perfectly to film, is there any wonder?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hypnotist are just a couple of movies that have fallen into this massively expanding genre.

Now, Jo Nesbø’s chilling The Snowman novel gets the silver screen treatment in a film of the same name. But can this continue the thrilling trend of whodunit novels being turned into fabulous crime dramas? Continue reading

Jurassic Park: Franchise Reviews

Adam Brannon HeadshotForeword by Adam Brannon. In a new series, I look through an entire back catalogue of films to bring you Franchise Reviews. These weekly articles will review each flick in a particular movie series in under 100 words per film – trust me it’s harder than it looks.

To inaugurate the series, I’m taking a look back at Jurassic Park and its five films. What better way to begin. I hope you enjoy them. If you’re looking for a review of all Jurassic Park movies, you’re in the right place. Continue reading

“DC gets it right*” Wonder Woman review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyBy Adam Brannon. * almost. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Wonder Woman is alright because it’s been directed by a woman, or that it’s the most progressive superhero film of the last decade. No, neither of those things are true.

However, the titular superhero, played superbly by Gal Gadot stars in by far the best film in the ever-expanding DC Universe – though with Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman as stablemates, that really isn’t saying much. Continue reading