Reviews

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

When you watch the trailer for It Comes At Night and read the tag line (“Fear turns men into monsters”), you’ll assume the film will be a straight horror, but actually, what you get is a low-key mystery about a family forced to take shelter after a virus has wiped out civilisation. Set in a […]

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Buried (2010)

Buried alive. One man, one coffin. That’s the basic set-up in this tense thriller. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), a US truck driver working in Iraq, is the guy trapped in the coffin. He wakes up as the film starts with no idea of who put him there and why. As the events unfold, you’ll be […]

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Classic, Reviews

Mulholland Drive (2001): Pure Art and Vision

Most people say that you have to watch Mulholland Drive a few times to really understand it. I call BS! David Lynch’s classic film is notorious for being complicated, and while the central message is very ambiguous, the basic plot really isn’t all that confusing. Yet it’s far from a straight story, as it’s set in a dream-like […]

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Gone Baby Gone (2007), directed by Ben Affleck

Gone Baby Gone – a tale of mystery and child abductions, with Casey Affleck playing the lead. I have wanted to see this film for a long while and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. It’s one those films that make you consider a moral dilemma (what would have I done?). Any movie that does […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

I’d be lying if I said We Need To Talk About Kevin, is about an innocent boy who grows up to be a tragic villain, like Anakin Skywalker, from the Star Wars prequels. Truth is, Kevin is a monster from the start. He’s presented as a devil child, an omen, a bad seed – you get the picture. […]

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Anthropoid (2016) – Gripping World War II Story

If I were to make a list of ‘top ten good movies with bad titles’, I think I’d have to include Anthropoid. It sounds as though it belongs to a really shoddy alien movie on SyFy Channel. But get past the off-putting title and you’ll find a genuinely thrilling tale of war and resistance. For those […]

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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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HUSH (2016): Home Invasion Horror

So I watched Hush the other day on Netflix, not expecting much, but I was well surprised at how good it was. I liked it a lot! Hush is yet another tale of home invasion, and it’s as if director Mike Flanagan sets out to upturn any expectations we might have. Here’s the set-up: Maddie (Seigal), our hero, […]

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Personal Shopper (2017): A Captivating Ghost Thriller

Fusing different styles, themes and cinematic directions, Personal Shopper is an intriguing puzzle box movie. I can’t explain everything I saw in this film, but there’s no doubting its quality. Going into this, you have to be prepared for serious, artsy cinema, as it’s a testing watch. So, here’s what it’s all about… Maureen (Kristen […]

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Classic, Reviews

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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The Strangers (2008)

It doesn’t seem right to call The Strangers a horror film because it’s atypical and not particularly scary. Yet if the events depicted in this movie were to actually happen, there’s no doubt you’d be traumatised for life. It’s a home invasion film, after all, which focuses on a young couple who are terrorised by three masked […]

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Sicario (2015)

Sicario is the kind of the film that you just don’t want to end. The story, characters and immersive gun-fights had me hooked, and I would honestly pay dividends for an extended cut. Sicario is a brilliant thriller, which takes the viewer on an intense journey through Mexico, where we are aligned with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily […]

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