2017, for all its myriad horrendous flaws (including those finally outed in Hollywood itself), was an exceptional year for exceptional movies. I was utterly unable to round up just a top 10 of the 120 films I saw this year, as I’d just be leaving too much great stuff out. Even with 20, I’m still missing superb stuff like Lady Bird, The Death of Stalin, and Paddington 2, but here’s the countdown. Continue reading →
If you thought Logan might end up taking the crown of 2017’s most violent blockbuster movie, then here comes Ridley Scott to re-prove who the king of fantastical gore really is. Alien Covenant is a vicious and gruesome sci-fi horror, incredibly effective in that aim, but also possessing far loftier ambitions that elevate what is already a brilliant thriller. Scott has already returned to the splendidly terrifying universe he created in 1979’s Alien, with the shaky 2012 entry Prometheus, but Covenant is his first true reunion with the monstrous Xenomorph that made his name nearly 40 years ago, and he clearly relishes every second. Continue reading →
20: Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie (Dir; Julius Onah, Starring; David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, Release Date; 27th October)
Formerly known as God Particle, this film follows 10 Cloverfield Lane as a surprise entry into what is swiftly becoming a new Twilight Zone series for modern Hollywood. A fantastic ensemble (Oyelowo, Mbatha-Raw, and Bruhl are joined by Elizabeth Debicki and Chris O’Dowd) take on one of next year’s most exciting premises. As a team of scientists perform experiments on the ISS, the Earth disappears, forcing the team to survive whilst solving the mystery of the arrival of a new space station.