Reviews

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Who in their right mind would spend 150 million on a sequel to Blade Runner, released in 1982? Sequels are notoriously disappointing and all know it’s impossible to recreate a classic, especially one as experiential as the original Blade Runner. Its legacy makes it a tough act to follow. So, it feels like such an impressive feat that Blade […]

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Blade Runner: Director’s Cut Review

What more can be said about Blade Runner that hasn’t already been covered in the past three decades? The first thing I’ll point out is it that requires deep thinking to understand and appreciate. It’s extremely philosophical and thematic that its quality will be lost on those who draw a blank at anything that’s a bit “out there”. […]

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Fargo (1996)

Pure black comedy mixed with crime, murder and mayhem: welcome to Fargo. This film is another winner by the Coen Brothers, two directors that I love. Masters of offbeat, low-key cinema, they always know how to reinvent the wheel. Set in 80s Minnesota, Fargo starts off by telling the audience that what you’re about to see is based […]

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Al Pacino’s Finest: SCARFACE (1983)

Scarface. One of my favourite gangster movies. Next year sees the release of the reboot, but today I’m talking about the ’80s version by Brian De Palma. Not for a second does this film let you pause to take a breather. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s so good. Many critics said the […]

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THIS IS ENGLAND (2006)

What can I say about This Is England after all these years … if you have not seen this, then you really are slacking! Set in 1983, this movie is full of tragedy, redemption and coming-of-age. 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is a bored and aimless kid, who hasn’t had much happiness in his life. His dad died […]

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KIDS (1995): A Controversial Cult Classic

The most interesting thing about Larry Clarke’s Kids is that it’s not a super amazing film, but it gets in your head and stays there. It was the summer of 1995 when this cult movie came out. John Major was Prime Minister of the UK, Bill Clinton was president, OJ Simpson was on trial and my […]

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Enemy (2013) – Jake Gyllenhaal Sees Double

One word: complicated. Enemy is the kind of film you have to see more than once. For me, a film that is hard to grasp makes it all the more intriguing. I’m a sucker for mind-boggling, complex movies and Enemy certainly is that. This film, I guess, is a surrealist thriller about doppelgangers discovering their mutual existence. Jake […]

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Is Requiem for a Dream the most depressing film ever? It has to rank up there. Seriously, this film is so bleak and hopeless that I would rather watch a dozen cheesy romantic-comedies one after the other, then see Requiem for a Dream ever again. This isn’t to say that I didn’t think it was any good. In fact, […]

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men starts out at like a modern-day western, then it begins to look like a cape thriller, before turning into a full-blown bloodbath… which involves a psychopathic killer with a really bad haircut. I expected this film to be a majestic, artsy piece of cinema and while it certainly was that, the […]

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American History X (1998)

Some films make you feel good inside. Some can scare you, make you laugh and others can make you want to fist pump the air. But there are films that can rip you to pieces, tear away at any hope you have, and force you to accept that the world is a monstrous place. This […]

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Donnie Darko (2001)

True classics never get old! It was the turn of the millennia when Richard Kelly created sci-fi drama Donnie Darko, which boasts one of the most complex and compelling stories of this century. It was also the moment cinema discovered Jake Gyllenhaal, who portrays Donnie, a schizophrenic high school kid. And his problems begin when a mysterious […]

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DRIVE (2011)

Everything about Drive is just cool. It’s the film that introduced me to Ryan Gosling and I’ve been a fan ever since. He portrays ‘Driver’, a Hollywood stunt man by day, but a ruthless getaway driver by night. When he steps in to protect next-door neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son, from the gangsters that her […]

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