Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

While the black and white vistas may look gorgeous, with the cinematography excellently creating tension in both intimate spaces and wide, expansive landscapes, such an artistic imprint feels purposeless other than to enforce a post-apocalyptic tone. Purposeless is the epitome of this episode, as while it draws upon horror tropes in both a scary and … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

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Review: The Florida Project

Some of cinema’s greatest stories encapsulate a rift between the hopeful and the hopeless, often projecting a fairy-tale like movement of characters becoming rejuvenated and moving from rags to riches. ‘The Florida Project’ is a nuanced, socially responsible and deep, yet also accessible, realisation of this, noting a real contrast between uncontrolled freedom and childhood, … Continue reading Review: The Florida Project

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crackling with wit yet also ablaze with violence, racially charged rhetoric and complex, meaningful and haunting characters, Martin McDonagh's screenplay is a beautiful beast. It elicits a crowning achievement in acting by Frances McDormand, as well as powerful and thought-provoking performances by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. These actors' three primary characters are of the … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Due to the poor resolution to Lewis' story and a minimal amount of consequential character development, this episode feels like an unnecessary sidetrack to the larger narrative, utilising a time jumping structure for no apparent reason. Initially, the structure seemed to be highlighting a difference in perspective, centred around contrasting views of the role of … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10 “Virtue of the Vicious”

Review: Mudbound

Upon a canvas of torment, sweat and unstoppable commitment to ones’ family, ‘Mudbound’ is an epic that presents a current of conflict, duty and emotion. The story flows naturally, a sophisticated and respectful exploration of a small but symbolic snapshot in American history, addressing a key theme of obligation, not just in the social sense … Continue reading Review: Mudbound

Review: Justice League

Considering the intense scrutiny surrounding this film, I have decided to break from format for a review that is a little longer than usual: ‘Justice League’ exists within a tricky, awkward environment, as the film attempts to both cater towards critique of ‘Batman V Superman’ and reaffirm DC’s distinctive cinematic tone and visual flair. One … Continue reading Review: Justice League

Review: Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 8 “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”

The Duffer Brothers provide exceptional direction throughout this episode, masterfully matching and fitting sequences together to sustain momentum and the horrific confrontation within the science facility. The characters all come together organically, and while Billy’s story and abuse seem awkwardly irrelevant, the heightened sense of dread is rarely displaced, as the writers continue their onslaught … Continue reading Review: Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 8 “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”