Monday, 20 February 2017

John Wick: Better Than James Bond? 7 Reasons Why


(John Wick:Chapter 2, (2017), Chad Stahelski. Image found at: https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=742103)


" '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

(Nocturnal Animals, (2016), Tom Ford. Image found at:  http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Nudity-Nocturnal-Animals-42359316)

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.