The Predator, co-written and directed by Shane Black, is a bewildering, nonsensical mess that left me confused, conflicted and struggling to understand the reactions I was having to it. There were elements and moments to this film that I liked, and I’ll definitely talk about them in this review. But there was a lot in this film that I didn’t like, and I’ll perhaps go as far as to say I hated, but more than my likes and my dislikes there was in general a lot about this film I just didn’t understand. Whether it was decisions made by the characters, decisions made by the writers or decisions made by its director, The Predator is a film that left me utterly divided on how I felt about it, what I had watched and if I actually enjoyed it. This will be an interesting (difficult) review to write so let’s get to it and see if I can begin to get a grasp on the various bizarre elements of this film and how I truly felt about it. 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
Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, is raw, real and human. I was instantly pulled into this film; the characters and their stories was something that I just wanted to watch, and become a part of their journey. Jenkins achieves a lot in this film – it’s actually kind of unbelievable the feelings this film elicits. I was stunned by the characters and the performances behind them, and I was in awe of just how upfront and honest the film was in its filming and overall approach to its subject. I’m looking forward to writing this review, as there is much to say, so let’s get to it. Read more