*Warning: minor spoilers ahead* With throats ripped out, noses chopped off, and penises slapped around, The Northman is a wild ride from start to finish. The plot focuses on Prince Amleth (played by Alexander Skarsgård) and his mission to avenge his father’s death and save his mother from his uncle’s clutches. An action-packed viking epic; it was so gory I found it difficult to watch at times. Although I … Continue reading Review: The Northman (2022)
It’s been ten years since the first Hunger Games film was released. Can you believe it? Let me take you back to the 2010s, before Tiktok, before Zoom, before Masks…ah, a blissful time. Before our own real-life dystopia happened, the 2010s provided us with many examples of what could happen if the world was plunged into disaster. There’s no doubt that dystopia is a wide genre; many may think of The Walking Dead, The 100 or The Society (so many ‘thes’), but there was something about the Teen Dystopian Movie that hypnotised our generation. Continue reading The Death of the Teen Dystopian Movie
“Rob, I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films – these things matter…” (High Fidelity 2000, 2020) High Fidelity (2000) has been revamped for a new audience twenty years on. Before watching the TV series, I decided to watch the original film (*gasp* I know, I don’t know how I haven’t watched High Fidelity already!). The film gave me … Continue reading Review: High Fidelity: New Rob, Same Feel?
Deliciously sharp in its retaliation against conventional understandings of motherhood,Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut (adapted from a novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante) discards the undercurrent of love that festers beneath any cinematically troubled maternal relationship and sweats out the chaos in the unnatural mother. Olivia Colman’s knack for fascinatingly hateful characters treds new soil as a comparative literature professor and reluctant mother, Leda; … Continue reading Review- The Lost Daughter
Is Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ really the worst MCU film ever? No, personally I went into the film with low expectations due to the slander it had been receiving online and I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed the film and cast as much as I did. Released on November 5th 2021, ‘Eternals’ directed by Chloé Zhao, was certainly one of Marvel’s most ambitious movies yet, introducing the first LGBTQ+ kiss and having a wide representation within its cast. Continue reading Review: Eternals
*Spoiler Warning* No Time To Die is a thrilling piece of action cinema, with all the spectacle and panache you might expect from a Bond film. More importantly, it’s a tribute to Daniel Craig, as he throws in the towel after fifteen years. The film picks up where Spectre (2015) left off all those years ago. Bond is holed up on an island somewhere, enjoying … Continue reading Review: No Time to Die (2021)
The movie Belle, directed by Amma Asante, was inspired by a portrait of Dido Elisabeth Belle found at Kenwood House. It tells the story of an empowering black woman, Dido Belle, born from the relationship between a navy officer and a slave. Despite her recognised and accepted place in the family, she is faced by a racist society that is not ready to consider black … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Belle (2013)
After the Venom (2018), I did not have high expectations for this year’s sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This movie starts with Eddie Brock living with a symbiote Venom, bickering about how they want to live their shared life. This appears to be the main conflict until another symbiote enters the scene; one that wants both Eddie and Venom dead. If you want a … Continue reading Review: Venom, Let There be Carnage (2021)
The ‘Bond Girl’ is one of cinema’s most notorious female representations, with critics never seeming to be able to agree as to whether the gun-toting, luscious-haired women are empowering or objectified. The 007 franchise has always had an issue with women, from blatant misogyny and objectification in earlier films to more subtle sexism in the more recent releases. In Spectre, Monica Bellucci (whose character was … Continue reading Should the Next James Bond be a Woman?
So now you’re telling me that using re-runs of Absolutely Fabulous as my coping mechanism for three years is no longer allowed? I think not! Being the queen of ‘finding one television show or film I like and watching it every week for 6 months’ means that shackling reboots to an unhealthy obsession with the past is going to be a hard angle for me … Continue reading Embracing the Remake: Neo-Gossip Girl and Other Shows Reborn