Child acting in film is a different beast compared to its adult counterpart. Both instances already require direction and, in some cases, a lot of patience. The impressionable minds of child actors sometimes become an extra layer that interferes with the creative process. So to have a eight year old star in the dramatic thriller RoomI knew I was in for a ride. With a particularly heavy and emotional subject matter, would Roomsucceed or would the leading child become a distraction?
Room tells the story of a Joy, a woman who was kidnapped as a teenager and has been held captive in a room. The movie opens up on the eve of her son’s fifth birthday. The premise of the movie explores the idea of raising a child from birth in the confides of a 10×10 room. Room excels at setting up this plot “what if?” and executes it well with attention to the smallest of details. Continue reading
1987; feels like a long time ago doesn’t it? In fact, most of you reading this I imagine weren’t even born way back in the late 80s. I mean, I was only a twinkle in my parents’ eyes at that time. But I digress.
What’s so special about 1987? Well, it was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked serious alien butt in the first Predator movie. Of course, the franchise’s now infamous fall from grace is the stuff of legend, and along with Alien, the original remains a true high point in the sci-fi horror genre.
Rebooted for 2018 with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black at the helm, The Predator aims to revitalise the public’s interest in this flagging horror franchise. Looking at Shane Black’s unusual resume, he seems a strange choice to take charge here, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. But just how good, or bad, is The Predator? Continue reading
Nothing quite says childhood like a person dressed up as a bear. Rainbow has it, Bear in the Big Blue House has it and, following on from tradition, Brigsby Bear also has a human in a bear costume. However, (arguably) unlike the TV shows of yore, Brigsby Bear has a much more sinister tone to it. Yet, from the clothes to the terribly bad special effects, this movie screams kid’s TV show.
Brigsby Bear follows James, a man who was kidnapped as a child and kept in an airtight bunker. His captors, played by Mark Hamill and Jane Adams, made him his very own TV show to watch, entitled Brigsby Bear, for him to while away the hours whilst trapped. After he is found many years later, James falls into a spiral of not knowing what happened to Brigsby, eventually deciding to direct the conclusion himself. Continue reading
Ah the shark attack movie. A genre that has over the years changed itself from impactful horror suspense thriller to cheesy, throwaway popcorn entertainment. Apart from when Steven Spielberg changed cinema forever with his 1975 masterpiece, Jaws, audiences have been given few treats in the decades that followed.
Deep Blue Sea was a tasteful homage to its forbearer, but even that was riddled in cliché and was much more of a brain-numbing creature feature than Jaws was. And then came Sharknado and its raft of dreadfully titled sequels. Look back through cinema history and you’ll see that sharks are big business in Hollywood.
Now, as we enter the final stages of 2018, Jason Statham stars in perhaps the most preposterous shark movie yet, yes, even more preposterous than Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! But sometimes preposterous can be fun. Is that the case here? Continue reading
The relationship between a father and his daughter is always hard to replicate. It takes a lot of guts to try and even simulate it. There aren’t many bonds like parent and child – which is why hiring two strangers to bring this pairing to life is such an alien concept. However, Netflix’s new movie, Like Father, tackles this challenge head on – but does it work?
Like Father follows Rachel (Kristen Bell) and Harry (Kelsey Grammar), an estranged father and daughter. When Rachel is left at the altar for being a workaholic, she gets drunk and takes her dad – whom she has not seen for 26 years – on her honeymoon cruise with her. What then follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, as well as a lot of product placement regarding Royal Caribbean Cruises. Continue reading