Dumplin’ review “A diamond in a world of rhinestones”

Dumplin movie posterSome movies are made just to put a spring in your step. With just the right amount of saccharine sweetness combined with the perfect amount of laughs and a good old obstacle for the protagonist to work their way around, it seems as though a feel-good movie is a piece of cake to make. However, Netflix’s recent release, Dumplin’, as poised as it may be to take the crown of a feel-good movie, may have slightly missed the mark.

Dumplin’ follows Willowdean, the daughter of a pageant queen and life long Dolly Parton fan. After the death of her beloved aunt, she decides to join the pageant her mum runs to prove the point that it says nowhere in the rules, ‘big girls need not apply’. Continue reading

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House review “A well written Ghost”

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House posterWhether you call them apparitions, ectoplasms, or guilt-ridden hallucinations, ghosts have made their presence known in and out of fiction. Ghosts have a creative edge by being universal and interpreted in many forms. They can be vengeful sprits or helpful guides to the living. Netflix’s newest ghost story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, is a more traditional take on the ghost. They are opaque, haunting and a real hassle for the living. With such an established trope (and before I make a bad ghost pun), let’s take a look at what I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House brings to the table.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is about a hospice nurse named Lily (Ruth Wilson) who is hired to look over the elderly Iris (Paula Prentiss) in her haunted estate. The movie opens with narration from Lily retelling her deadly experience in the house and from there the her words come to fruition. Continue reading

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs review “A western with a twist”

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs posterThe Wild West. Full of outlaws, cowboys and guns, this has been a topic of many a blockbuster movie. However, Netflix’s latest release, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is a western with a twist. Comprised of six separate stories, this movie explores many aspects of the Wild West, without just focussing on the shooting part.

The movie follows a variety of characters, as well as the titular Buster Scruggs. We see them as they begin many adventures, fight a lot of random people, and perform a lot of boring shows. With a stellar cast, a few laughs and a pair of veteran directors, this movie seems like it’s on to a winner. Continue reading

Apostle review “Not for the squeamish”

Apostle movie posterWith Halloween still on people’s minds, the time for horror movies is nigh. With Halloween back in cinemas, it is safe to say that people are craving a new way to scare themselves senseless. However, over the years, it can be said that people want to be less scared and more…disturbed. Netflix’s latest release, Apostle, has the potential to happily fit into both of these categories – but does it succeed?

Apostle follows Thomas (Dan Stevens) as he ventures to a mysterious island, overtaken by a cult, in order to find his kidnapped sister. The cult, run by Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen), relies on the protection of the Goddess of the Island for the people to prosper. As we soon find out, the protection of this goddess is a lot gorier than expected. Continue reading