Velvet Buzzsaw review “Death as an art form”

Velvet Buzzsaw posterHere I thought we had seen the final Final Destination. Evidently, that was not true as Velvet Buzzsaw has made its way to Netflix, with a surprisingly huge amount of talent both in front of and behind the camera including the acting talents of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, and Daveed Diggs, as well as the directorial and writing strengths of Dan Gilroy, who most people know of his Nightcrawler fame

When I stumbled upon the trailer for this film mere days ago, I immediately got super excited. Not only are Nightcrawler and Roman J. Israel Esq. two of my favorite movies, but as a legitimate fan of the Final Destination franchise, I was quite excited for it. February 1st, I sat down and watched it, and I was… disappointing. Let’s not wait any longer though and just get into Velvet Buzzsaw. Continue reading

“A by-the-numbers adventure” Everest review

EVEREST   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Baltasar Kormakur  

Music: Dario Marianelli

Starring: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Copyright: Universal Pictures

Copyright: Universal Pictures

The 1996 Everest disaster remains one of the greatest true stories to have ever been told. From made-for-TV movies to award-winning documentaries, it appears that audiences simply cannot get enough of this tale of survival.

Now, Universal Pictures ends its record-breaking summer campaign with Everest, a high-budget thriller based on those events in 1996. But does it get the balance between all-out spectacle and human characterisation spot on? Continue reading

“The margherita pizza of boxing drama” Southpaw review

SOUTHPAW   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Antoine Fuqua  

Music: James Horner

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

Copyright: The Weinstein Company

Copyright: The Weinstein Company

The sports genre of films is widely mocked for being formulaic. Team of scrappy underdogs, 2, 3, surly disgraced trainer, 3, 4, it’s so bad that even the parodies are in their own sub-genre. But other sports films are downright experimental next to movies about boxing. Quick quiz, which boxing drama am I talking about right now? A down-on-their-luck (white) boxer with anger management problems is in financial straits after a personal tragedy, and goes to a run-down gym ran by a bitter old man who could’ve been a great boxer himself if it weren’t for bad luck. The boxer needs to learn to be more defensive and calmer, slowly taking control of his life once more along the way, and it all culminates in a big fight in Vegas with the thuggish and wife-beating (not-white) reigning champion. Continue reading