The Equalizer 2, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is a film with no tension, no suspense, no moment that thrills the senses or engages the mind. It is a film that holds within it… nothing. As someone who doesn’t like deconstructing a film purely on negative points; someone who tries to find the good in films and celebrate a medium of art that I adore and obsess over, I am going to severely struggle with this review, as there is truly no positive point that I can find to talk about. So, let’s make our way into a review that I won’t enjoy writing, and talk about a film I did not enjoy. Read more
In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.
But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more
Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, is a brilliantly focused look on some truly honest and damaged individuals who all bring so much of their lives to the table. The film is limited in what it offers, but what it offers is just so commanding that you almost never notice. I was engrossed in the meaty, real feeling dialogue, and I genuinely became connected to the lives of the characters. So much so that I almost wanted to stand up and start shouting at some of them. But people may struggle with the length of the film (due to how limited in scope it is). I know I found many things to love, but is it enough to make this film worth seeing? Well, let’s get this review underway and see. Read more