Jumanji: The Next Level review “A rare breed of sequel”

Jumanji: The Next Level posterSleeper hit: a term used in the entertainment industry for a film that plays successfully for a long period and becomes a big success, despite being a surprise to critics, audiences and industry analysts.

You could say that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the very definition of a sleeper hit. The first trailers were underwhelming, showcasing some ropey CGI, body swap comedy tropes and a lack of respect for the Robin Williams 1995 classic. Yet, in spite of all this, the film ended up grossing nearly $1billion worldwide.

Why? Well the film was actually pretty good. Sure, it wasn’t spectacular but a combination of a witty script, brilliant self-awareness and a roster of characters that were so well written they made Jack Black actually likeable, meant it shot straight to the top of the box office. Continue reading

Sponsored: Win big with Boohoo MAN & Spider-Man Far From Home

Fast-fashion retailer Boohoo MAN is celebrating the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which we think is one of the best films of the year, by hosting a massive competition, and it’s ridiculously easy to get involved.

All you need to do is visit their site, pop in your details and ta-da, you’re entered. But what’s on offer to the lucky individual who manages to scoop up these amazing prizes?

A pretty awesome tech bundle and a smashing £2000 in cash is what’s up for grabs, plus 10 runners up will receive a DVD copy of Marvel’s newest smash hit film, Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The tech bundle includes some amazing prizes, as well as that £2000 in cash for you to spend on anything you like, not just the great clothes available at Boohoo MAN.

  • 49″ 4k Smart TV
  • Home theatre system, including a brand new Blu-Ray player
  • 1 Blu-Ray copy of Spider-Man: Far From Home

Go on, what are you waiting for. And if you do win, don’t forget to come back and let us know in the comments box below – don’t worry, you don’t need to share your cash with us, although all donations are very welcome!

Spider-Man Far From Home competition

Unpopular Opinion: Ridley Scott hasn’t made a good film since Gladiator

Ridley Scott hasn't made a great film since GladiatorMake no mistake about it, Ridley Scott’s early, pre-2000s career is littered with enduring classics and hidden gems. Blade Runner, to this day, remains one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Thelma and Louise remains an immensely enjoyable, girl power-fuelled joyride that holds up so well it’s perhaps more impactful now than it was at the time of release. And 1977’s The Duellists (Scott’s directorial debut) remains a well crafted and considered film.

To experience Ridley Scott as his peak though, we must travel all the way back to 1982. Following the release of Alien and Blade Runner in quick succession, Scott had not only established himself as one of Britain’s best filmmakers, he’d claimed his place as the premier director within the science fiction genre. Alien, quite rightly, is regarded as a masterpiece hybrid of sci-fi and horror. And Blade Runner, one of my favourite films, is without a doubt one of the greatest, pure science fiction movies ever conceived. Continue reading

Doctor Sleep review “Stephen King is as Stephen King does”

Doctor Sleep posterBook adaptations, who knows how they’ll turn out? My two favorite film series, James Bond and Harry Potter, are both based off of film series, but one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, After, was also based on a book, in the loosest sense of the word. These extend to one of the most prolific authors in recent memory, Stephen King. Currently, he has forty-eight films, twenty five television shows and miniseries, and sixteen others I’ll put under “Miscellaneous”, and they range from amazing (Shawshank Redemption, Misery), to terrible (The Mangler, Cujo) which really made me worried about the latest film to be based off of a Stephen King story, Doctor Sleep.

While it is directed by Mike Flannagan, the director of Gerald’s Game, which is one of the most terrifying Stephen King films in recent memory. The movie had an amazing trailer, was directed by someone with talent, has a pretty good cast featuring Rebecca Ferguson, and is based off of an amazing boo- OH GOD IT’S THE SNOWMAN ALL OVER AGAIN. While I can’t say that Doctor Sleep is a bad movie, I don’t think it’s close to the best Stephen King adaptation. Not to sleep on the matter any further, let’s get into Doctor Sleep. Continue reading

Terminator: Dark Fate review “Well, that was unexpected”

Terminator: Dark Fate posterIt might sound like we’re damning Terminator: Dark Fate with faint praise by declaring it the best Terminator sequel since T2, however that seems to be the way many Hollywood franchises are going nowadays.

After all, last year’s Halloween sequel was declared the best one yet simply because it retconned the events of its mostly dreadful predecessors and blasted them out of existence. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was declared (by us anyway) the very best sequel the franchise has ever gotten, but The Lost World and Jurassic Park III were hardly critical darlings. Continue reading