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
With the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk. I felt now would be a great time to do a wee personal list, ranking all of Nolan’s films. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and with a new film just being added to his incredible filmography, this seems like the perfect time to do so. I should point out that even though I have seen Dunkirk (which you can read the full, in-depth review of, by clicking this link) I still think it is too soon to add it to this list. I need more time to let the film settle, before I begin to rank it alongside Nolan’s other films. But again, if you want to know what I thought of the film, just click on that link above. So, enough with the intro-filled ramblings, let’s get to the thing you and I care most about in this piece: The list.
Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross, is a film that completely fails to explore or enlighten the audience on what is an important and not well-known story from America’s past. Nothing stands out and nothing grabs your interest. We the audience are instead left to watch scenes that feel in desperate need of some context and more importantly compelling content. This review will probably not be the kindest of critiques so let’s get it underway. Read more
Kubo and the Two Strings, directed by Travis Knight, is a film with such originality and style. From the very first frame of this film, I was instantly in love with how it looked and the direction in which it was taking. While the film never surprised me (from a plot standpoint) I don’t think there was ever a time where I wasn’t completely engaged and in love with the world that Kubo travels through. So let’s get into this review and see what works and what doesn’t. Read more