Army of the Dead is billed as a ‘zombie heist’ film. Sign. Me. Up. The mind boggles with the genre-mashup possibilities and it starts ever so well with a classic Snyder opening montage that is both gorgeous and hilarious. It succinctly sets the scene: Las Vegas is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse, but the…
Spiral is a messy, gory film, incoherent in its characterisation and politics while relying heavily on twists telegraphed a mile out. In short: it’s a Saw sequel. With Darren Lynn Bousman – who directed the first through third sequels – at the helm it’s an archetypal Saw sequel in pretty much every respect. For me,…
As you might have guessed, my triumphant return to ccpopculture hasn’t quite gone off as planned. There’s a lot I can attribute that to, but my main explanation is that the cinematic landscape as it stands isn’t particularly inviting to a COVID-inspired funk; big brainless blockbusters are perpetually delayed and I’m increasingly not in the…
The King of Staten Island isn’t going to be anyone’s favourite film. But it’s nice. It feels authentic. It’s even a little moving from time-to-time.
We Summon the Darkness is a perfectly competent horror film.
Guns Akimbo is blessed with a few encouraging attributes, but undermined by its messy, misguided politics.
Stanley’s film eschews familiar threats for something indefinable.
Eastwood’s gentle touch steers Richard Jewell towards sympathy at every turn.
Birds of Prey is a restlessly fun, unapologetically female action-comedy breathing new life into the DCEU.
I feel bad about giving Just Mercy two stars, because it’s not an especially bad film. It’s an unnecessary film.