Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”

At the core of ‘The Punisher’ is Frank Castle’s desire to not only avenge his family, but also reinvest himself in relationships, to find a new family of sorts. The opening hallucination excellently illustrates this, as Castle’s two ‘families’ interact as one. It showcases the evident magnitude of his quest, and the effect Micro and … Continue reading Review: The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”

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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: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 10 “Episode 10”

With this superbly directed and written episode, ‘Mindhunter’ confirms this is Holden Ford’s show. It is no accident that his name reflects a contrast of brands, as the character’s actions here clearly indicate a duplicity beyond perspective. Through the many hours of interrogations, study and self-involved analysis, Ford has become a Dr Jekyll and Mr … Continue reading Review: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 10 “Episode 10”

Review: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 9 “Episode 9”

David Fincher’s dark, delicate grip is instantly prevalent from the excellently disturbing opening sequences. The grim, gritty reality that Fincher paints is well reflected by Ford’s continued downfall and disregard for women as mere objects and mechanisms of research and insight into the mind of their controllers. Jonathan Groff conveys this growing sinister nature perfectly, … Continue reading Review: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 9 “Episode 9”

Review: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 8 “Episode 8”

Ford’s need for control and ownership of the study is clearly displayed here, as the character attempts to apply the research and his understanding of deviant behaviour into a real world context. The writers cleverly find a way to highlight this while continuing the theme of academia versus practicality, consistently constructing the notion that many … Continue reading Review: Mindhunter Season 1 Episode 8 “Episode 8”

Review: Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 9 “Chapter Nine: The Gate”

Similarly to the ending of Season 1, I have major issues with how the show constructed this cliff-hanger and how it views its audience. The ending is extremely derivative, predictable and ultimately not even exciting, as the face-less villain, while threatening in concept and in regard to its scope, seems to meander in the background. … Continue reading Review: Stranger Things Season 2 Episode 9 “Chapter Nine: The Gate”

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”