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GLASS | Film Review

A bit later than everyone else, but I finally got round to seeing Glass. The Unbreakable review will follow at some point, I’m sure.

RELEASED: January 18th 2019
DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan
WRITTEN BY: M. Night Shyamalan
PRODUCED BY: M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan & Jason Blum
MUSIC BY: West Dylan Thordson
STARRING: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clarke & Charlayne Woodard

Rejoice! This movie wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. It was actually kind of enjoyable. But also, like Split, pretty stupid.

Set two weeks after the events of Split, Glass sees David Dunn, now known as the Overseer, on the hunt for the super-powered serial killer known as the Horde. However, before the two can settle their differences, they are caught by the authorities and taken to the mental institution housing terrorist Elijah Price, the infamous ‘Mr. Glass’, where they are presented with the possibility that they are not actually superpowered beings, and their ‘abilities’ are all in their heads.

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Posted by on January 30, 2019 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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SPLIT | Film Review

RELEASED: January 20th 2017
DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan
WRITTEN BY: M. Night Shyamalan
PRODUCED BY: M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock & Jason Blum
MUSIC BY:  West Dylan Thordson
STARRING:
 James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Brad William Henke, Sebastian Arcelus & Bruce Willis

I’ve never particularly been a fan of this series. Prior to Glass‘ release, Unbreakable and Split were amongst the only three M. Night Shyamalan film’s I’d seen (the third being The Village) and none of these films had left a lasting or favourable impression on me.

However, with Glass now in cinemas, I decided to go back and explore the prior films, starting with Split (because I seem to have lost my copy of Unbreakable and Split is on Netflix).

Split sees three young girls abducted by a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb. Crumb has dissociative identity disorder, and some of his split personalities have united to kidnap these girls as a tribute to an oncoming twenty-fourth personality, who is known only as ‘The Beast’.

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Posted by on January 27, 2019 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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DOCTOR WHO: RESOLUTION | TV Review

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019, I’ll be looking at the New Years Day Special Episode of Doctor Who, ‘Resolution’. Enjoy!

RELEASED: January 1st 2019
SHOWRUNNER: Chris Chibnall
WRITTEN BY: Chris Chibnall
DIRECTED BY: Wayne Yip
MUSIC BY:  Segun Akinola
STARRING:
 Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Charlotte Ritchie, Nikesh Patel, Daniel Adegboyega & Nick Briggs

Despite a somewhat lacklustre eleventh series, I was still excited for the release of the Doctor Who New Years Day Special, ‘Resolution’. However, my excitement still lulling after showrunner Chris Chibnall’s debut season, I once again found myself in no hurry to watch the new episode.

Fortunately, this episode, I feel, was in many ways stronger than it’s predecessors, albeit it far from perfect.

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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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DOCTOR WHO: Season 11 | TV Review

We’ve covered Star Wars and movies, we’ve covered Marvel, DC and comic-books. But out of my trifecta of favourite things, one has been conspicuously missing, until now…

RELEASED: October 7th 2018 – December 9th 2018
SHOWRUNNER: Chris Chibnall
WRITTEN BY: Chris Chibnall, Malorie Blackman, Vinay Patel, Pete McTighe, Joy Wilkinson & Ed Hime
DIRECTED BY: Jamie Childs, Mark Tonderai, Sallie Aprahamian & Jennifer Perrott
MUSIC BY:  Segun Akinola
STARRING:
 Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Sharon D. Clarke & Samuel Oatley

I love Doctor Who, and although, like many other fans of the series, I can be a bit skeptical when a new Doctor comes on board, generally speaking, I have thus far enjoyed each Doctor more than the last (more or less – but that’s probably a post for another time – or maybe not since I essentially just said how it was going to go down). So when it was revealed that Jodie Whittaker was coming on board, with the creator of Broadchurch, no less (an excellent series), I was quite excited.

Tuning in to the first episode, I was wowed by the seemingly fresh take on the show, the beautiful new production design, the epic new score, the interesting through-line of the Doctor’s TARDIS having escaped her, and three likeable new companions – something that hasn’t really happened since Classic Who. Bradley Walsh instantly stood out, as I knew he would, as a highlight; something which continued throughout the series. Furthermore, as the series went on, I was amazed that there were seemingly no terrible episodes. No In The Forest of the Night or Kill The Moons, the likes of which had unfortunately plagued the run of my beloved Twelfth Doctor.

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Posted by on December 11, 2018 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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HALLOWEEN | Film Review

RELEASED: October 19th 2018
DIRECTED BY: David Gordon Green
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Fradley, David Gordon Green & Danny McBride
PRODUCED BY: Malek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
MUSIC BY:  John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies
STARRING:
 Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner & Nick Castle

I’ve never used to be a fan of horror movies. When I was younger, I didn’t see the appeal, but in more recent years, I’ve tried to catch up for lost time, taking the ’31 Days of Horror’ challenge both this year and last. Through that, I watched the original Halloween for the first time last week. I thought it was fine; Michael Myers was creepy, the story was conventional by today’s standards but interesting in how it spawned multiple slasher tropes.

Jump forward to this week (or forty years later, depending on how you look at it) and Halloween has returned to cinemas for the eleventh time. This new movie ignores the events of every film bar that 1978 original, and sees Michael Myers, having spent those forty years back in captivity, escape once again and return to Haddonfield for another killing spree. Standing in his way is PTSD-ridden ‘Final Girl’ Laurie Strode, who has been training in the interim for a final showdown with ‘the Shape’.

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Posted by on October 19, 2018 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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VENOM | Film Review

RELEASED: October 5th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Ruben Fleischer
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Pinkler, Scott Rosenberg & Kelly Marcel
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach & Amy Pascal
MUSIC BY:  Ludwig Göransson
STARRING:
 Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott & Jenny Slate

I had spectacularly low hopes for Venom, which no doubt helped going into the film. The fact that Sony seemed intent on pushing forward with their own Spider-Man universe despite all evidence suggesting they didn’t know what they were doing was the first worrying sign. Then, the suggestion that this universe wouldn’t actually feature Spider-Man was another mind-boggling factor. Finally, the film’s terrible marketing campaign cemented my thoughts that this would be a bad movie.

I had gone from anticipating a film featuring a character from a franchise I love, to being morbidly curious about how bad this film would actually be.

Venom follows Eddie Brock, a reporter disgraced after asking too many questions about the sinister ‘Life Foundation’, headed up by Carlton Drake (I actually had to look up his name just then, even though I only saw this film the other day. That is a bad sign. But let’s continue…). Having obtained a group of alien life-forms known as symbiotes, Drake recklessly hopes to upgrade humanity so they can one day live off-world. But in trying to out Drake’s schemes, Brock is bonded with one of the aliens, and becomes a monstrous anti-hero. Together, he and his symbiote become determined to stop Drake at all costs, as his unchecked schemes could mean the end of mankind.

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Posted by on October 6, 2018 in MARVEL, Movie & TV Reviews

 

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THE PREDATOR | Film Review

RELEASED: September 12th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Shane Black
WRITTEN BY: Fred Dekker & Shane Black
PRODUCED BY: John Davis
MUSIC BY: Henry Jackman
STARRING:
 Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown & Yvonne Strahovski

There are few films that I actively look forward to when it comes to our staff showings at work. Between all your Star Wars and Marvel movies, you have your Nuns – things I frankly couldn’t care less about.

Fortunately, this drought of sorts was broken up with the release of The Predator, which I was lucky enough to see yesterday morning before work. Initially, the first trailer didn’t do a whole lot for me, but the following trailers got me well and truly hyped up.

And now, having seen it, I can tell you that it’s… alright.

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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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