High Flying Bird review “So much more than just another sports movie”

High Flying Bird posterNetflix movies have been gradually moving up the movie food chain. From the outrage that surrounded Beast of No Nation‘s Oscar snub, to recent awards darling, Roma, scooping up the majority of the awards and nominations at most shows, it’s easy to see that Netflix isn’t a foe to be ignored. Their latest release, High Flying Bird, directed by Steven Soderbergh of Erin Brockovich fame, and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), it isn’t hard to expect quite a lot from this movie.

It follows Ray, a sports agent, as he navigates an NBA lockout with his rookie client, Erick. With a star-studded cast and a team that is, arguably, overqualified to orchestrate such a simple plot, Netflix looks as though they’re onto a winner. Continue reading

Polar review “Oh dear”

Polar movie posterThe humble graphic novel has paved the way for many of the iconic movies we know and love today: Watchmen, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and 300 to name but a few.  Netflix’s latest release is a foray into that elusive world of the graphic novel, bringing gory hitman tale Polar to our TV screens. However, did it translate on screen as it did on paper?

Polar follows world-renowned assassin Duncan (Mads Mikkelsen) as he prepares for his retirement at the age of 50. Against his will, Duncan is forced back into his killing ways when he is pursued by a group of people who want him dead. Continue reading

IO review “The end of the world as we know it”

IO movie posterThe end of the world has become quite the hot topic in recent years. From global warming to natural disasters, even to catastrophes on a biblical scale, the movie industry loves to imagine just how the world is going to end. However, the aftermath of the end of the world is an idea that is not quite as well explored. Netflix’s newest movie, IO, explores just what happens when the human race treats the world like a piece of rubbish, and whether or not we can salvage any part of it.

IO follows Sam (Margaret Qualley), who lives in a compound in a ‘clean O2’ zone. She is trying to prove that we can adapt to living on earth in these horrendous conditions, based on research started by her father. After a storm ruins her life’s work, a mysterious man appears at the compound in a hot air balloon, asking to see her father. Continue reading

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