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

Game Night review “Perfect popcorn comedy”

Game Night posterReading that Game Night is by the same guys that brought you Horrible Bosses may seem not sound like a selling point, and you could be forgiven in running as fast as you can in the opposition direction, but please, don’t let it put you off.

Game Night is a (moderately) witty, self-aware, screwball comedy with enough titters and twists to keep you entertained to the end. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein may have fallen short on Horrible Bosses (they only wrote the screenplay) but prove to be a winning combination in the director’s chair. Continue reading

Best Snow Movies: Top 5

Best snow movies everFor those of you not living in the UK at the moment, this top 5 may seem a little peculiar. But stick with it. For the past couple of days, Britain has been gripped by ‘the beast from the East’ as it’s been nicknamed. Bringing freezing temperatures and blizzards, it has completely crippled the nation – as it always does.

Why a world superpower like the United Kingdom ceases to function at the mere hint of the white stuff is another debate for another time, but while I’m watching it fall from outside my bedroom window, I thought I might as well look through the best snow films ever. That is, films that feature snow heavily, either as an aesthetic practice or in the overall plot of the movie. And blimey, there’s more than you’d think. Read on to find which five made the cut and share your thoughts in the comments box below. Continue reading

Who should and shouldn’t direct Jurassic World 3?

Who should direct Jurassic World 3Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t even in cinemas until June, yet Universal are moving forward with its sequel. Currently titled Jurassic World 3, the film is planned to wrap up the new Jurassic trilogy, ending the story that director Colin Trevorrow dreamt of bringing to the big screen.

Naturally there is no plot, no director and no details of anything to do with the film whatsoever. With a release date scheduled for June 11th 2021, exactly three years after Fallen Kingdom, Universal obviously has very high hopes for this year’s sequel. It remains to be seen whether it can match the record-breaking numbers of its predecessor.

With that in mind, I’ve lined up five directors who I believe could take over from J.A. Bayona and create a fitting ending to this new trilogy and a couple of directors who should stay well clear. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

The Florida Project review “Utterly absorbing”

The Florida Project PosterSean Baker made his name directing ‘Tangerine’ , an indie feature he shot entirely on an iPhone camera. ‘Tangerine’ told the story of an LA transgender prostitute and was frankly a marvel considering the low (non-existent) technology budget, teetering on visual masterpiece. His latest venture ‘The Florida Project’, shot in 35mm, is crisp, clear and colourful, but still clings onto that absorption with the beauty of the everyday in this lovingly told Oscar-nominated drama.

Six year old Moonie (Brooklyn Kimberly Prince) lives in Magic Castle with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) – a scrappy, contentious young woman with a silver piercing perched on her bottom lip, faded sky blue hair and rose tattoos bursting from her chest. She employs her daughter to sell discounted perfumes to the rich members of a nearby golf club, and when she is no longer able to, turns to sex work to provide for Moonie and make rent. Continue reading