6 Balloons review “Raw, tense and real”

6 Balloons movie posterDave Franco and Abbi Jacobson are two actors who aren’t typically associated with serious dramas. After Franco’s stint in the Bad Neighbours films and Abbi’s amazing work on Broad City, comedy is generally where these actors fortes will lie. However, 6 Balloons is a welcome foray for these two into the world of drama, showing the versatility of these two already talented actors.

6 Balloons follows Katie (Jacobson) as she navigates how to cope with her brother Seth’s (Franco) addiction to heroin whilst on a brutal drive to a detox centre as well as juggling her own life. Continue reading

Rampage review “Bigger isn’t necessarily better”

Rampage movie posterRampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.

That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading

Love, Simon review “One of the most important films in a generation”

Love, Simon theatrical posterI don’t think anyone will have any qualms in me saying that the LGBT community is one of the most vastly underrepresented parts of society when it comes to mainstream Hollywood movies.

Sure, we’ve had indie hits like Call Me by Your Name and Moonlight that have also performed well at the Oscars, but the closest we’ve ever gotten to a mass-market crowd pleaser has been Ang Lee’s 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain and if we’re being honest, that wasn’t marketed in a way that made it particularly mainstream.

Aiming to change all that is Love, Simon. Based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is the first truly mainstream rom-com that features a lead gay character. But is the film a beacon of hope for a massively underrepresented LGBT community or a movie that daren’t go too far? Continue reading

Isle of Dogs review “Man’s best friend”

Isle of Dogs posterIf you’re familiar with the work of Wes Anderson, you’ll know what to expect from his films: oddball characters, immaculate set design, a quirky plot and an immaculately assembled ensemble cast. In his latest feature, Isle of Dogs, Anderson not only meets your expectations but exceeds them.

The story is set in future Japan, where all dogs have been quarantined on Trash Island due to an outbreak of highly contagious dog-flu. A young boy, Atari, flies to the island, in order to find his beloved guard dog, Spots.

First, let’s start off by saying this: this movie is a masterpiece. It has heart, it has beauty and it has a screenplay that most movies could only dream of having. It’s sharp, witty and perfectly crafted. Continue reading

Cinema Etiquette: My Love/Hate Relationship with the Cinema

My Love/Hate Relationship with the CinemaDo you know the cardinal sins of cinema-going? As a film critic, you kind of have to enthralled by going to the movies, it’s in the job description surely? And yes, I absolutely love nothing better than sitting in the cinema watching some of the newest films out at any given moment.

Even better, being a film reviewer, I get to go and watch all these incredible movies for free. And that’s not meant to be bragging or gloating in any way, it’s just a fact. I get paid to go to the movies; what an amazing job right? Well, in some ways yes it really is. But in others, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m now comfortable enough to visit the cinema completely on my own and I actually enjoy that experience a little more than going with someone else. That’s because you don’t have the distraction of someone else munching their popcorn, asking questions or popping to the loo every five minutes. But even with this new found love of being on my lonesome, I’m starting to fall out of love with the cinema. Continue reading