• The Found Footage Phenomenon

    The Found Footage Phenomenon

    ★★★

    This documentary explores the history and impact of found footage films.

    Although it doesn't explore the topic in depth, The Found Footage Phenomenon is an interesting watch for fans of found found footage films. It is well presented through the history of the major films (Cannibal Holocaust, Blair Witch Project, etc). At times it felt like it was repeating itself but there is a genuine love and passion for the subgenre by the filmmakers which comes through in their film.…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watching this to prepare for the new Top Gun.

    The film follows ace by reckless pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) as he attends flight school at TOPGUN with his wingman “Goose” (Anthony Edwards).

    Top Gun remains a genuinely enthralling mix of action and drama. The story is a bit slow but what keeps it so compelling is the very human story at its centre. Maverick is an interesting protagonist and the way the film shows the many layers of…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★★

    Adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the film follows Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a 11-year-old girl with pyrokinetic powers, as she and her dad Andy (Zac Efron) run from a secret government agency.

    The new adaptation of Firestarter is a decent mix of horror and sci-fi thriller. Its narrative is a bit slow and predictable but is kept compelling by the way it presents its central conflict of a father trying to protect his daughter.…

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★★

    The film follows writer Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) as she is kidnapped by a millionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to find a long-lost treasure she wrote about in her book. Luckily for her, her cover model Alan (Channing Tatum) follows to rescue her.

    Although it isn’t hugely original and very predictable, The Lost City is a fun mix of adventure and romantic comedy. The story is a bit slow in the middle but enjoyable and compelling throughout with funny one-liners and decent…

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    ★★★

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    The film is set in China in the 1940s and follows a wannabe gangster named Sing (Stephen Chow) as he attempts to join a gang who are currently in a middle of a turf war with residents of a local village.

    Kung Fu Hustle is a fun throwback to the classic martial arts films. The story is a little unfocused in places but is still decently told and enjoyable. Despite the short run time, it does suffer some pacing issues…

  • Boss Level

    Boss Level

    ★★★½

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    The film follows Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo), a special forces agent, as he tries (and tries again and again) to figure out the mystery behind the time loop he is stuck in.

    Boss Level might not add much to the time loop story but it sure is a whole load of fun. The story is decently paced and although predictable, is well told. Roy’s arc of realising he needs to be there for his son and estranged wife (Played by…

  • Last Action Hero

    Last Action Hero

    ★★★★

    The film follows a teenager named Danny (Austin O’Brien) as he is sucked into the latest film featuring his favourite action hero Detective Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by a magical ticket.

    Last Action Hero is a fun take on the buddy cop film. The story, though a little slow in places, is well-written and has a lot of sincerity to it. It kind of loses momentum in the third act when the characters start showing up in the real world…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★½

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    TW: Brief sexual violence.

    Zola is based on a series of tweets that went viral and follows a stripper named Zola (Taylour Paige) as she meets another young woman named Stefani (Riley Keough) and follows her to Florida to make some money.

    Zola is a funny, well-paced and very dark black comedy with two great central performances. The story gets a little weak and predictable in the second half, but it is still made compelling by the dynamic between the…

  • Don't Breathe 2

    Don't Breathe 2

    ★★

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    TW: Animal violence

    The sequel follows The Blind Man (Stephen Lang), now living a quiet life with a young girl named Phoenix (Madelyn Grace) until a small group of mysterious men arrive with the attention of kidnapping Phoenix.

    The first Don’t Breathe was a tense, claustrophobic thriller that went to some very dark and surprising places. Unfortunately, even with the same team that made the original film so good, its sequel is a very dull and forgettable story. On the…

  • Girl on the Third Floor

    Girl on the Third Floor

    ★★★½

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    TW: Animal Violence.

    The film follows Don (Phil Brooks)-AKA CM Punk, a man with a criminal history, as he starts to renovate an old house with its own dark history.

    Despite a very flawed and predictable ending, this was a decent and interesting take on the haunted house story. It is a little slow in places but still tells a compelling story about a flawed human being tested by supernatural forces. Don is a well-developed character, hard to like but…

  • Deadgirl

    Deadgirl

    ★★½

    TW: Several scenes of sexual assault and animal violence.

    Deadgirl follows two highschoolers (Played by Shiloh Fernandez and Noah Segan) as they discover a mysterious mute woman (Jenny Spain) tied up in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.

    Deadgirl has an interesting and unique premise for a horror film that unfortunately the final film doesn’t quite deliver on. It does have some good bits, especially the dynamic between the two main characters, but overall it just feels predictable and just doesn’t do…

  • The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys

    ★★★★

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    The film follows a family as they move a small beach town in California...That just so happens to be populated by a gang of vampires.

    The Lost Boys remains one of the classic eighties' horror films. It may be predictable and a little silly in places but overall, it is a lot of fun and has its heart in the right place. Characters don't have a massive amount of development but there are so small details which do a brilliant…