Film Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Spoilers below. After seeing many voices on the internet reviewing, reacting to, and discussing the highly anticipated Batman v Superman, I thought it was about time to put my thoughts down. Batman v Superman is a highly problematic and flawed film in many ways. It packs about five films into 2 hours and 30 minutes, without any stitching […]

Film Review: The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated new film, is a puzzling, disturbing experience. I think it’s safe to say that for most of Tarantino’s filmography, his films often have a focal character which the audience can align themselves with. A character who, if not morally, we can see ourselves agreeing with their decisions and actions. […]

Film Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015) (Spoiler-Free)

So here we are. 32 years after the release of The Return of the Jedi (1983), we finally have the next vital chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens (2015). How does it measure up to the quality of the original films? Thankfully, both long-time fans and newcomers will find lots to love […]

Film Review: Chef (2014)

Chef (2014) had two main draws for me: the stellar star-studded cast, and the fact that Chef was the brainchild of Jon Favreau, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film. Jon Favreau’s much earlier film, Swingers (1996) is a personal favourite of mine; it starts out quite shallow but as the film goes on the characters […]

Film Review: Kill List (2011)

Spoilers follow. My attention was brought to this film during the research and preparation for my earlier article, Top 10 American folk horror stories. I had heard (and was intrigued by) of Ben Wheatley before, mostly from his well-reviewed film A Field in England (2013), so when I saw that Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) was the […]

Film Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

After reports of ridiculous production woes and months of online ridicule by comic-book fans, I almost wanted Fantastic Four to blow everyone’s socks off. It wasn’t the Fantastic Four movie I wanted, and that was apparent from the earliest trailers and snapshots, but it looked like it had the potential to be an interesting, hard science-fiction […]

Film Review: Ordet (1955)

Spoilers follow. I came to seeing Ordet after previously having seen Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent masterpieces La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928) and Vampyr (1932). Whilst Ordet, made more than twenty years after these previous films, continues the line of religious inquiry in La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, it does so with a much more […]