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PET SEMATARY | Film Review

“Sometimes dead is better”

RELEASED: April 4th 2019
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer
WRITTEN BY: Matt Greenberg & Jeff Buhler
PRODUCED BY: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Steven Schneider & Mark Vahradian
MUSIC BY: Christopher Young
STARRING: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo and Lucas Lavoie & John Lithgow

I’m not a huge follower of Stephen King’s works. I’ve read the first few chapters of The Dark Tower (need to get back to it) and seen 2017’s It (overrated), 2017’s Gerald’s Game (excellent) and of course 1980’s The Shining (iconic). With those in mind, I found Pet Sematary to be better than It, but not quite as good as Gerald’s Game or The Shining.

Pet Sematary follows the Creed family as they move from hectic city life in Boston to the Maine countryside (because where else would they go? It’s a Stephen King story). Once there, they are greeted by a beautiful house sheltered by a vast forest, which contains the mysterious ‘Pet Sematary’ – a place that, according to their new neighbour, Jud, has the power to bring things back from the afterlife…

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Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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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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THE LAST OF US | PlayStation 4 Review

The Last of Us was one of the main reasons I bought a PlayStation (alongside Spider-Man, obviously). For years, people had raved at me about how good it was and how it was a shame that, as an XBox player, I would never get the chance to try it. Well, times have changed, and I’ve finally played and completed The Last of Us. Does it reach the high expectations set by my friends and gamers around the world?

RELEASED: June 14th 2013
DEVELOPED BY: Naughty Dog
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Computer Entertainment

Yes. Yes it does.

Review over.

5-stars

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Posted by on November 16, 2018 in Video-Game 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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