Sunday, 19 November 2017

Thor: Ragnarok - Review

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Finally, a studio film that makes a point of acquiring a fantastic director, with no prior work in the genre,  for a project - one which admittedly had taken a hit after the second entry to the franchise (sorry Thor: The Dark World).  Ragnarok barely feels like the third entry in a trilogy, more so as the first Thor film that really feels like you're watching the God of Thunder rather than just a norse-inspired superhero who can fly and hit things really hard. When a director like Taika Waititi gains control of a universe, you're right to be excited. Waititi once said:

"I've become more like water, I'm more relaxed and I'll say, "Okay, let's just completely change it and do it that way"

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top Picks: Ironstar International Film Festival



The Ironstar International Short Film Festival was recently held in Scotland, at the Dundee Contemporary Arts, with over 60 entries from 14 different countries. Ironstar narrowed down its winners into nine separate categories and the winners were then showcased at the festival, where the audience were given a voting card to determine which would receive the Ironstar film festival audience award. The categories allowed for a wide range of films ranging from horror to experimental to local talent, there were a few real gems amongst them, so here is the top picks and recommendations for Cinemaccess. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wakefield - Review

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'I never left my family, I left myself.'

Wakefield is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me, it was like watching a novel. I expected a magnified Wall Street struggle with the dark comedy genre labelled across it, which is often treacherous waters. Instead, I was given an incredible almost one-man show that deals with a nervous breakdown and allows Cranston to deliver his best performance since Breaking Bad and Trumbo as the distant, deprived and sometimes disgusting human that is Howard Wakefield.  

Monday, 24 July 2017

Top 7 Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Film & TV

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Artificial intelligence in film and TV is being given more and more attention as its own sub-genre, somewhat separate from generalised science fiction at this point. With this, different creatives are taking it in more unique and exciting directions whether it be as the main focus of the plot or simply as a side bot. Several groundbreaking films have peaked the interest of the masses in this mesmerising mix of existentialism, forward thinking and playing God, but which are the top picks in terms of innovation and exploring the genre?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Kedi - Review

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It wasn't difficult to convince me to watch an independent documentary on stray cats in Istanbul for an hour and twenty minutes but it's much more than a cat lover's favourite documentary film. Kedi (feline) is as much floff as it is philosophy and about the nature of not only these animals but the people who coexist with them and I can't say I've seen a purer film in my life or been so caught off-guard by the hardships and trials each individual cat's story tells. 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Baby Driver - Review



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I'd say Edgar Wright's Baby Driver was like a musical without the song and dance but, well... there is song and dance. Not in a traditional sense, or exactly like a musical because that word still strikes fear into a lot of film-goers and I disagree but you know, I get it. Baby Driver is like a musical in the undeniable rhythmic feel of the film, there's a great soundtrack that integrates into each scene, which I'm always a sucker for, especially in this instance where it seems to signify more than just the tempo.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Okja - Review


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If I told you, a blockbuster film will be released, a film that not only tackles some truly controversial and scary subjects, displays pure human emotion from mental instability and depression to utter happiness, and then sprinkled an outstanding cast featuring not only established and familiar talent but is in fact led by an amazing young girl - now, that already sounds award worthy. Make no mistake, Okja is award worthy and I still can't grasp the excitement that comes with being given a film like that upon release that I watched in my home mere minutes after.

Dark Tourism - A Short Film on a Shielded Topic

Chris Lloyd, a filmmaker and student in his final year at USW Cardiff, recently released a short film called Trips to Tragedy: Dark Tourism concerned with the controversial yet therapeutic experience of dark tourism. As you may have guessed, this specific 'genre' of tourism is associated with tragedies and loss in most cases, think serial killers, natural disasters, unsolved horrors. The punishing factor of the subject is the realism of these instances, the kind of realism that wraps around your ankles and hauls you back down to sorrow and disbelief, but fundamentally brings you down to the depths of the world you live in.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Give it a Chance: Rick and Morty


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Most people have heard of Rick and Morty by now, whether it be from small clips on social media, a friend ranting and raving about it or in references you don't understand and then promptly informed 'it's from Rick and Morty, you should watch it!'. Well, you should. The big off-putting factor of Rick and Morty for those who have ruled out watching it is because it's an adult cartoon. The connotations of an adult cartoon mostly imply vulgar jokes, non-realism, a bunch of sketch-like  'bits' between the plot of an episode and not much substance. Frankly, Rick and Morty throws that to the wind to the point you'll be grasping for more little bits and finding yourself guilt-ridden as you catch yourself laughing and realise, damn, this isn't actually bad at all. Think how big and unlikely The Simpsons emerged originally as an adult cartoon and add a little extra funky.

Friday, 16 June 2017

The 2 Hour Film Dilemma


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Now, we've all been there, you're all ready to start sifting through Netflix with your friends or partner when the dreaded 'so what do you wanna watch?' question makes its inevitable return. You're left uncertain, wondering what the others around you fancy, is there a compromise or something everyone is feeling? You stumble across a Django Unchained or Watchmen and think aha! I've been meaning to watch this or one of your group does and the rest follow suit, you've heard all good things so it just makes sense, but wait... It's over two hours long and, for some reason, this sets of alarm bells.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Access Files: Mahershala Ali


(Mahershala Ali after receiving Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Oscars. Image found at: http://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2017/02/26/mahershala-ali.html)

What we see of actors on-screen is just a snippet, Access Files are my aim to look  at their influence beyond the screen.

Mahershala Ali, the man most people will recognise from his role in Oscar's 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight, as well as picking up the Best Supporting Actor award for himself on the night. Now, to say Ali is a new face to film would be entirely untrue, but it can't be denied he has certainly burst into mainstream media and success in the past few years. So let's look at everything Ali from his film debut and history, his accomplishments, future works and his influence outside of film.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Wonder Woman - Review



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It was less than a year ago that came the crushing two-punch of Batman vs. Superman; Dawn of Justice followed by the even more painful blow of Suicide Squad - which we were just hoping wouldn't  suck. It's fair to say quite a lot of people had just given up hope in the DC cinematic universe of late, seemingly always cowering behind the Marvel Avengers. However, a shining hero is about to pull them from the depths and that is Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Alien: Covenant - Review

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If you're looking for another typical 'Alien slowly picking the crew off in a spaceship' type thrill ride you'll likely be disappointed with Alien Covenant, quite possibly the first film in the series to suffer from having the heavily influential and idea inducing 'Alien' in the title. This suffering however is specific to the audience seeking to have much of the old reprised and recycled anew, Covenant's direction is incredibly more thought provoking, horrific and tense in a vastly different way to the original Alien films.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dragon Ball Then and Now: 5 Reasons You Should Watch It Again


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Dragon Ball has always, at least to me, been something that I've always appreciated, most likely with a sprinkling of the nostalgia filter these days but I'm sure I'm not alone on that. Whether you used to be a fan, have always been or like my self have always low-key enjoyed seeing it still around here are 5 reasons that you should revisit the series that still has something to offer you after all these years.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Free Fire: Review


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When you bring a gun to a knife fight people get hurt, when you bring the wrong guns to a very important arms deal people get killed. Free Fire is one and a half hours of an entire arms deal that should really be pretty simple, but the ragtag collisions of misfits and misfires accumulates to something much much more than that.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Logan - Review


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It was announced prior to filming that Logan would be Hugh Jackman's last appearance with his ever-entertaining on-screen partner; the adamantium claws. Jackman has portrayed the role of X-Men's Wolverine for 17 years now, so I, like many other fans, was sad and excited about his final appearance as the character - which had been revealed to be based upon the 'old-man' version of the Marvel comic book favourite.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hellboy 3: A Netflix Original Series?

We've not seen Hellboy on-screen for around thirteen years, so it's fair to say it's been a while, unless you, like myself, have revisited them since because they're genuinely quite good, very true to their comic origins and display some of the top tier CGI and make-up transformations in cinema. Well, turns out it may very well end up sitting nicely amidst your 'my list' section of Netflix very soon as the newest addition to the Netflix Originals.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Oscars 2017 Best Picture Review: Moonlight

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Juan: ...This old lady, she stopped me. She said...
[imitates old lady voice] "Running around, catching a lot of light". "In moonlight, black boys look blue". "You're blue". "That's what I'm gonna call you: 'Blue'."
[pause]
Little: Is your name 'Blue'?
Juan: [laughs] Nah.
[pause]
Juan: At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.

Monday, 20 February 2017

John Wick: Better Than James Bond? 7 Reasons Why


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" 'Are you working, John?' 'I'm afraid so' "

Well John, I'm afraid too, afraid you're getting dangerously close to James Bond's territory and I'm absolutely loving it. The first chapter of Stahelski's John Wick character came in 2014 and unexpectedly rifled to success with fast-paced action scenes and beautiful world-building from the entrancing soundtrack to the sleek costume design. John Wick:Chapter 2 has just hit cinemas (10th/17th February) and is looking to top it's already stellar success but can it rival the best? Here's 7 reason why John Wick could well be better than Agent 007 himself.

Friday, 17 February 2017

2016 in Review - Dark Times, Darker Cinema

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2016 will be looked back on in anguish - similarly to how Jake is looking above - and unsurprisingly so, a lot of bad shit went down and it seemed to come in waves toward the end of the year. However, there was definitely some good in 2016 and there was even some good in the bad - thriller movies were on the rise. Whether it be the because of the overall gloomy outlook of the year or simply coincidence, thriller movies were appearing thick and fast. The kind of dark cinema that has you wincing and writhing, sometimes you want to look away but your gaze is at the mercy of suspense, tight within the clutches of a merciless director who loves to make you squirm. I love that kind of cinema, and here I'll touch upon some cinematic experiences from 2016 I feel you should surrender yourself to.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Horror Review - The Autopsy of Jane Doe


(The Autopsy of Jane Doe, 2016, André Øvredal. Picture found at: http://www.rogerebert.com/festivals-and-awards/tiff-2016-free-fire-the-autopsy-of-jane-doe-sadako-vs-kayako)

It's not often that a horror film doesn't make it to the cinema or at least isn't constantly harassing you via TV ads,  but lately, this screams that it could be a possible indie gem that isn't constantly reliant on jump-scares - like The Babadook or Hush - both of which I recommend, but André Øvredal's The Autopsy of Jane Doe is in a field of it's own.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

CGI, a Help or a Hindrance?



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Computer generated imagery is still a fairly new and advanced statement upon the film industry, many directors and visionaries opting to utilise it and convey its potential in different ways, and there is certainly a right and a wrong way, as I'm sure most of you know. It's 2017 now, and still we can be plunged deep into a film narrative when out of nowhere comes a horrendously produced CGI - thing. It takes you away from the experience, it becomes a parody of itself and essentially was unnecessary. On the other hand, there are cases where the implementation of CGI characters or effects intertwine and astonish so perfectly fitting to the film that it blows the audience away. I want to look at some cases where it's been nailed, some not so much, and where we're at with CGI in cinema right now in 2017.