Category Archives: Reviews

Film Review: Isle Of Dogs (USA, 2018) is a tail of love and adventure in the face of adversity

Director Wes Anderson has gradually been making a name for himself as a quintessentially quirky auteur with his unique but meticulously detailed style. So it is no surprise at all that his latest stop-motion animation feature, Isle Of Dogs, is probably his most fine tuned film to date. Bringing a heartwarming tale about love, loyalty and adventure in the face of adversity and doggos… lots of cute adorable doggos.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: Wobble Palace (USA, 2018) is alt-lit in cinema

You anticipate a film to be vogue when millennial buzzwords and Internet culture forms the first ten minutes. You probably wouldn’t expect that film to be any good either. I didn’t. But by the time Wobble Palace had reached its epilogue, it had convinced me of a couple of things. The first, that it wasn’t the film it seemed doomed to be.... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Party (UK, 2017) delivers pitch-black comedy at its best

Black comedies can be a very hard genre to pull off. Since it dwells within serious issues that could potentially be seen as taboos within the genre, it requires a certain balance between empathy, humour and darkness. But like all films, they have to have a certain amount of humanity for the audience to cling onto.... Continue Reading

Film Review: A Quiet Place (USA, 2018) is masterful genre filmmaking that soars leaps and bounds above expectation

Even when working off a plot device that doesn’t exactly test the limits of originality, a clever script and utter dedication from its workers can transform the familiar to something beyond our expectations.  Such is the case with A Quiet Place, an impossibly eerie chiller that presents civilisation as a fallen project, and those who have survived must exist in a plane of silence.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Sweet Virginia (USA, 2017) is a suspenseful and absorbing thriller

Mild-mannered Sam (Jon Bernthal) is a retired rodeo champ living a quiet existence as a motel manager in a quiet Alaskan town. We get the impression that he’s not asking for much – just a space to live out his days as peacefully as he can, perhaps get to know Bernadette (Rosemarie DeWitt) a little better. The ripple in the very calm pond in Sam’s life comes in the form of intensely furious Elwood (Christopher Abbott), who befriends Sam and sets off a chain of events that will disturb Sam’s peace and those around him.... Continue Reading

Film Review: A Wrinkle in Time (USA, 2018) aims valiantly for the stars, but falls flat on its face

Fantasy films aimed towards children can be a very tricky proposition. Usually, films of this type aim to entertain the entire family but for ones that specifically aim for children, how does one critique a film like this? Judge the film for what it is? Or judge the film through the eyes of a child?... Continue Reading

Film Review: Blockers (USA, 2018) is a hilarious and heartwarming piece of work

2018’s anticipated teen comedy Blockers is helmed by a lot of “first-timers”. Making her directorial debut is  Kay Cannon, mainly known as a scriptwriter for the successful Pitch Perfect films as well as the TV series 30 Rock. And then newcomers Jim and Brian Kehoe have made their film screenwriting debut. This can often spell disaster for a teen comedy – so do these newcomers, under the vision of Producers like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, bring a fresh voice to the genre, or is this one film you should block from your viewing plans?... Continue Reading

Film Review: Ready Player One is bursting at the seams with escapist nostalgic fantasy

So some full disclosure here, I have not read the book upon which Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline is adapted from. So henceforth this review is based solely on my viewing of the film and my experience with pop culture in general. There seems to be a fairly general consensus that a lot of critics have enjoyed the film. I’d definitely class myself in that category but at the same time I also do have some issues with it. ... Continue Reading