Film Review

Irrational Man
Film Review

Irrational Man (2015)

Well we’ve been here before. There’s the usual sprinkling of cultural references (Kant and Antonioni make it into the opening voiceover), the stricken but charming leading man stuck in a perpetual existential crisis, and the attractive young waif who exists to pull him out. It diverts off the path in […]

The Shameless (2015)
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The Shameless (2015)

Life as a fictional police detective is never dull. Take poor old Jung Jae-Gon (Kim Nam-Gil). One moment he’s doggedly pursuing mob enforcer and murderer Park Jun-Gil (Park Sung-Woong), the next he’s undercover as the floor manager at a seedy hostess bar where he can’t help but find himself drawn […]

The Lobster (2015)
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The Lobster (2015)

If you could turn into any animal, what would you choose? An academic question where we come from, in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ universe it’s a practical matter requiring careful consideration. In his surreal dystopian romantic satire, also his English language debut, it’s the final punishment facing anyone who fails […]

Our Little Sister (2015)
Film Review

Our Little Sister (2015)

The shadow cast by lacklustre parenting looms large over Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new film, even as the parents themselves are all but absent from the screen. Having made his debut two decades ago, Kore-eda has mastered the understated family drama, producing a consistently strong body of work. Sad without […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Oh, look: another hero. In 1985, apparently sending George Miller’s Mad Max franchise to the hereafter, Tina Turner sang “we don’t need another hero”. Thirty years later, Miller has had a change of heart. Mad Max is back, with another hero, and she’s called Furiosa. Mad Max: Fury Road is […]

Amnesia (2014)
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Amnesia (2014)

I was very tempted to just make this review one line. An obvious one. I really just wanted to say: “Forget about it.” That sums up my attitude to Amnesia, a horribly disappointing thriller that simply compounds its glaring errors by taking itself far too seriously when almost everything about […]

When Animals Dream (2014)
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When Animals Dream (2014)

When Animals Dream is an impressive, thoughtful horror movie that mixes themes and atmosphere from films such as Ginger Snaps and Let The Right One In. It’s all about a young woman named Marie (Sonia Suhl) who has her transition to adulthood complicated by the fact that she may end […]

Blood Punch (2013)
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Blood Punch (2013)

Blood Punch is a horror comedy that’s light on bloodshed and any scares. So maybe it’s best just to label it as a comedy. Then again, you’ve got an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods, a high (albeit unusual) bodycount, and some supernatural shenanigans. So we’ll still call […]

Film Review

The Pool (2014)

The Pool (or De Poel, to use the title as it is displayed in its native tongue) is a psychological horror movie that alternates between moments of creepiness and occasional nastiness to make you wince. It doesn’t exactly shake up the genre, but instead relies on a solid cast of […]

Cub (2014)
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Cub (2014)

Welp AKA Cub is a film full of familiar horror movie tropes. There’s a large group of people (read = potential victims) setting up camp in the middle of the woods. There are lethal booby traps. And there’s an urban legend that may turn out to be more than just […]