2012, the year Drew Goddard made his directing debut with The Cabin in the Woods, which is one of my favorite horror movies and my favorite horror-comedy. It managed to combine humor and horror in a fun, creative romp. Six years later, Bad Times at the El Royale had its first trailer released and it was amazing! It had style, it had mystery, it had comedy, it even had an open-shirt Chris Hemsworth dancing menacingly toward the camera.
It had everything. I tried to stay away (in vain) from other trailers over the next 4 months, only seeing one brief trailer which gives something away about Jon Hamm’s character. When I finally saw Bad Times Thursday night, I was extremely excited, especially after seeing the great score it had received on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Two hours and twenty minutes later, I walked out and… well, let’s discuss. Continue reading
Films based on true events are ten-a-penny these days. From 2015s stunning American Sniper and 2016s breath-taking Deepwater Horizon to the critically acclaimed Patriots Day, there seems to be no stopping the ‘true to life’ variety of movies that has suddenly become very popular.
The trouble is, getting the films right is trickier than for any other genre. Not only do you have to please the audience with bombastic spectacle, you have to respect the events that caused them to exist in the first place. The new kid on the block is Only the Brave. But does this tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots do their incredibly tragic story justice? Continue reading
THE GIVER (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Music: Marco Beltrami
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard
Over the last decade, cinema-going audiences have had the treat of numerous adaptations of popular young adult novels. Some of them have been particularly great – the Harry Potter series the highlight – whilst others have been less than stellar – Twilight, I’m looking at you.
However, with The Hunger Games on the edge of its tantalising conclusion, director Phillip Noyce introduces teens and adults alike to a whole new world in The Giver, but can it seduce audiences which have already had numerous fantasy worlds to enjoy? Continue reading