The Avengers journey has been a true cultural phenomenon of modern film, reigniting the superhero genre while dovetailing a whole cinematic universe of colour and diversity into a core central journey alongside characters of depth. While not always perfect in plot devices, Endgame manages to deliver an exquisite curtain call for characters who have become central to the rebirth of comic books on screen.
Monthly Archives: April 2019
(Spoiler Free) Neil Jordan (Breakfast on Pluto, The Butcher Boy and Company of Wolves) is well known for bringing adult fantasy/horror to the big screen. Often dovetailed with social commentary and contemporary themes, Jordan’s filmography is that of a truly visionary force in cinema. With Greta, Jordan opts for a far more mainstream thriller/horror that delights in parts, but struggles …
Bo Burnham’s stunning directorial debut Eighth Grade, is a beautiful reflection of early adolescence in all its awkwardness. The tentative steps into adulthood mixing with the humour of coming of age. While providing a truly remarkable film that captures the emotions, turmoil and development of being 13 in a fresh and natural style. Eighth Grade never seeks to over dramatise …
At 34 years old Goonies still provides a journey into adventure, fantasy and emerging adolescence unparalleled in its sheer vision and creativity. Goonies enthrals it’s younger audience while asking its older viewers to suspend the realities of adulthood and remember the excitement, discovery and energy of youth.
While there are elements of Kubrick’s classic that may now look worn, this is a film that still delivers a unique and audacious vision, reflecting social issues still present in modern society
Mid 90s is a beautiful exploration of early adolescence, encapsulating the fear, joy and naivety of early adult experiences with an unvarnished brush. The interface between peer groups and family is delivered with sincerity and dynamism with a visual aesthetic that encapsulates 1990s youth culture.
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Pet Sematary falls into the same trap as countless film remakes, trying to offer something unique and different, but in turn straying from the original source material and the power of the story. Ultimately this is an unneeded remake of a classic horror film, that deviates from King’s book in a haphazard and clumsy way, leading to disappointing final product.
Some barriers are not meant to be broken; remaking Pet Sematary was one of them. Watch the original film or read the book instead. Click for the full review
Despite its flaws, The Sisters Brothers takes the western genre and blends it with character studies that provide humour, depth and warmth; challenging a series of age-old genre boundaries. This is a film that provides an eccentric and beautifully shot journey while providing enough mainstream entertainment alongside its creativity and difference to appeal to most audiences.