The Bad Batch, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, is… well to be blunt, it’s bad. The film tries desperately to seem edgy and different. It fills scenes with quirky looking/acting people, and it has scenes filled with things that look like their trying desperately to be odd. That’s all it seems to think it needs to make something attention grabbing, but it becomes apparent very early on that the film lacks any actual substance and anything actually interesting. This is going to be one of those reviews I hate to write because it isn’t going to be a kind one. Read more
John Wick: Chapter 2, directed by Chad Stahelski, takes what was a film that understood itself, and knew how to overcome the tropes of the genre, and unfortunately relies on what it once had overcome. This film still boasts the unrivalled action (in western cinema) that the previous had, and the work and time that goes into it cannot be overlooked. I still found much enjoyment in the film, but it doesn’t fully capitalise on what the first film set out with. This will be a mixed review; some good and some bad, so let’s get to it and see what works and what really doesn’t work in, John Wick: Chapter 2. Read more
So 2016 has been a mixed year in terms of films; the summer blockbuster season was… well a bust, and there have been a lot of films that haven’t fully hit the mark (for me). But, there have also been some real treasures – some films that have been absolutely exceptional; ones that I didn’t see coming. Now of course this is all about the films that for me, just couldn’t escape my head. The ones that burrowed themselves into my memory banks, set up shop, and politely – or sometimes quite forcefully – told me that they planned on being there for the long-haul. This was something I was completely okay with.
I suppose I should lay what you can expect from this piece, as I’m not intending for it to be the usual ‘Top 10’ lists that you’re going to be seeing around this time of year. What I want to do with this is not necessarily focus on what might be considered the absolute best-of-the best from 2016; the films that were perfect in their every effort and deserve to be recognised as the next masterpieces. This is more about me shining a light on some films that, for one reason or another (those reasons will be laid out in detail when I talk about each film) just had an effect on me, made it so that they stuck around and kept me thinking about them. The films are in no particular order, but my favourite film of 2016 will be in there somewhere. But don’t worry, you’ll know when that comes up.
I also want to point out that this list only contains films released in the UK in 2016. So films like, La La Land, Midnight, Manchester by the Sea, etc. films which everyone is singing the praises of, will not be contenders for this list. I want to keep it contained to only films released in UK cinemas in 2016. That way I can give everything a fair shot from this year.
So yeah, that’s what I intend to do with this piece. You’ll definitely recognise a lot of these films, and many other people will assuredly be talking about them, but I’m also hoping there will be 1-or-2 that slipped under your radar, and reading about them here gives you that little nudge to go watch them. So without further-a-due, let’s get into the films that stood out to me, and made their presence known, in 2016. Read more
The Neon Demon, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, can be described perfectly with one word: obtuse. Refn is certainly a polarising director, and so it should come as no surprise that his new film – The Neon Demon – is a film that many will struggle to get through. There are things that I like about Refn as a director, and there are things I don’t like; both are present in this film. Let’s drop ourselves into the immaculately uncomfortable world of, The Neon Demon (through this review) and see what it offers up. Read more
John Wick, directed by Chad Stahelski is a film that knows exactly what it is and makes no noticeable effort to be anything other than a silly but fun to watch action movie. It is one with some brilliantly constructed fight sequences and a plot just simple (but once again silly) enough for you to get on board and follow along with. Read more