Sleeping Dogs is a landmark film for the cinema of New Zealand. It kick-started the countries very own new wave cinema movement and it heralded the arrival of two new voices with director Roger Donaldson and star Sam Neill.
But away from all that, it’s also just a really good thriller. The pacing is occasionally uneven but the film is certainly never boring. The beautiful cinematography and explosive action sequences disguises the film’s low-budget roots while Donaldson’s passionate direction shines throughout.
Read More Cinema of New Zealand: Sleeping Dogs (1977) Review
Like the ‘Saw’ franchise, from 2000 to 2011, Final Destination became a cinematic tradition. Released every few years, the series hooked audiences in with the promise of ridiculously gory and over-the-top deaths. But it did this with a surprisingly consistent approach, establishing and updating it’s strict set of in-world rules and building a impressively rich mythos. And also someone gets their guts pulled out of their arsehole.
Read More The ‘Final Destination’ Franchise – Worst to Best
Greenland is the latest action vehicle from Gerard Butler. Helmed by his Angel Has Fallen director, Ric Roman Waugh, It follows Butler’s John Garrity and his family as they try to find safe haven before the end of the world. It sounds a hell of a lot like Roland Emmerich’s 2012 but surprisingly, Greenland has so much more to offer…
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After jumping into the ‘Saw’ franchise amid the country-wide lockdown, we decided to follow it up with James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s other franchise, ‘Insidious’.
Unlike ‘Saw’, there’s no bad entry, so ranking these were much more difficult. But here’s my list! Let me know what you think.
Read More ‘Insidious’ – Worst to Best
The world is currently in the midst of the very worst year in recent memory. What better way to deal with the crushing existential despair than watch one of the wackiest, most insane movie franchises of all time?
Here’s my ranking of all the films in the Saw franchise.
Read More The ‘Saw’ Franchise – Worst to Best
“What if you had to tell someone the most important thing in the world, but you knew they’d never believe you?” I had planned on reviewing Tenet after I saw it opening week, on a very big and loud IMAX screen, in the middle of a socially distanced cinema. I was hugely excited about the film, if […]
Read More Déjà Vu (2006) is better than Tenet (2020)
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“Devil’s changing you already.” Ok so lets talk about 8MM. The film is directed by Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher of Batman and Robin fame. Upon going on Metacritic to see the reviews of this film I found it actually has less than Batman and Robin. Let that sink in, if the reviews are to be…
Netflix has a chequered past when it comes to their ‘original’ programming. For every standout like ‘Okja’, ‘Dolemite is my Name’, or ‘The Irishman’, there’s a bucket load of terrible films like ‘The Ridiculous 6’ or ‘The Outsider’ or ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’.
‘Extraction’ falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality – but in terms of enjoyment it’s one of the best film’s Netflix currently has.
Read More Extraction (2020) Review
Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in a film that is far from being a straight-up biopic.
Read More A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2019) Review and Discussion
Like practically every 90’s kid, we got scooped up in the hype train that was Harry Potter. From the books to the films, that world was amazing. We all saw each film at the cinema over the years and suddenly it was over. While it was still an interesting world, the magic of it fizzled a little bit. So we thought it was time for a reappraisal.
Read More We Just (Re-)Watched… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone