Review – The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, is a film that spends 95 minutes desperately trying to set up and explain its world, its characters and the rules that bind them, and yet after all that, I am still no clearer as to what the point of any of it was. There is no fun, excitement or intrigue in this film – that was bled out of the film a long time ago. There is just failed exposition and some truly odd performances from actors who are usually dependable. So let’s get onto dissecting this film, through my review, and see what it is that doesn’t work about it.   Read more

Review – The Birth of a Nation

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The Birth of a Nation, directed, written and starring, Nate Parker, is a film that struggles to concisely tell its story. Too often does the film give little glimpses of story elements, only for it to then move on and begin to focus on another. This lack of time means that a lot of the elements in the film feel underserved, and lacking in meaningful depth. So though the film has a powerful story at its core, there is a clear lack of time or development for any of it. But let’s get to the full review, and see just how, The Birth of a Nation shapes up. Read more