Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review

Guardians 2 Mantis

With a subtitle of Volume 2, it should be immediately obvious that James Gunn’s follow up to his surprise smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is not so much a sequel to the original’s story, but more a continuation and heightening of its mood. Doubling down on everything that made its predecessor such a unique and beloved blockbuster, from the jokes to the colour palette, it lacks the freshness of Guardians 1 but is still an absolute blast of a sequel that proves that the MCU is still more than willing to take risks as it extends its reach into the wider cosmos.  Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon Review

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2010’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was one of the biggest news stories of the year. An environmental catastrophe that led to calls for criminal charges against BP executives, it dominated headlines with nightmarish pictures of the aftermath. Largely forgotten about in this news cycle, however, was the immediate human cost. 11 men were killed during the disaster on Deepwater Horizon, and it’s this story that Peter Berg tells so spectacularly in his latest. Balancing a likable and believable set of characters with nerve-shredding action beats, Deepwater Horizon is one of 2016’s very best films, and certainly the year’s most pleasant surprise.  Continue reading

Bone Tomahawk Review

Bone Tomahawk

In recent years, the western has almost become an instant marker of movie quality and directorial confidence. Since 2007, we’ve had all-time greats like There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, critical and commercial successes like Django Unchained and The Revenant and a raft of smaller but no less interesting and engaging films. In Craig Zahler’s exceptionally assured debut film, Bone Tomahawk, he attempts to match this elite genre with one with a far less illustrious and prestigious history – the cannibal horror. While infamous ‘video nasties’ like Cannibal Holocaust have acquired sizable cult followings, it would be very hard to argue that many people-eating-people movies have reached the top tier of cinema.  Continue reading

The Hateful Eight Early Review

Hateful Eight

 

For his eighth film, Quentin Tarantino has mashed together the Spaghetti Western, Agatha Christie murder mysteries, and his own distinct sensibilities into a three-hour epic with an overture and an intermission, all shot in 70mm Ultra Panavision and featuring a score by the revered Ennio Morricone. The Hateful Eight is a rousingly successful attempt to reach back and grab some of the most glorious elements of Classic Cinema and pull them into a fresh-feeling and brilliantly written piece of modern moviemaking. Cementing 2015 as the year of the snowy western after Inarittu’s masterful The Revenant, The Hateful Eight is a gorgeous, funny, and very exciting addition to Tarantino’s catalogue.  Continue reading