The Breaker Upperers Review – Kiwi Comedy That Could Do With More Weird (Rating: 6/10)

With Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s growing popularity – the former involved with Marvel and the latter with Disney Animation – New Zealand comedy is a genre on the rise. Arguably gaining initial traction with Flight of the Conchords and later What We Do In The Shadows, the quirky aesthetics and awkward dialogue have now entered into the global popular culture – ‘werewolves not swearwolves’ is a quote … Continue reading The Breaker Upperers Review – Kiwi Comedy That Could Do With More Weird (Rating: 6/10)

Polar Review – An Ugly Example Of Bro Auteurism (Rating: 2/10)

The more I discover new, innovative filmmakers, the less I care for Quentin Tarantino. Unquestionably I enjoy watching his movies, and like many people I first got into film via Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, but after noticing his overreliance on violence and his careless treatment of racial politics, I became far less keen. I bring this up because of the enormous influence he seems to have … Continue reading Polar Review – An Ugly Example Of Bro Auteurism (Rating: 2/10)

Velvet Buzzsaw Review – A Horror Satire That Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Either Genre (Rating: 6/10)

With recent releases like Bright and Bird Box disappointing and alienating a fair few sofa viewers, it’s reasonable to be skeptical of Netflix Originals. However, they don’t make it easy to keep expectations low – both of the previously mentioned films at least had some interesting and fairly original premises, even if the execution definitely could have been thought through better. Velvet Buzzsaw, though a decent enough … Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw Review – A Horror Satire That Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Either Genre (Rating: 6/10)

Bandersnatch Review – An Ambitious And Engaging Thriller (Rating: 8/10)

Though I never had any doubt that I’d end up checking it out, I did have some doubts about the hype around the ‘choose your own adventure’ structure of Bandersnatch. Not because it sounded like a gimmick, but because I had already played series like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games, who used a similar idea to great effect several years ago. The … Continue reading Bandersnatch Review – An Ambitious And Engaging Thriller (Rating: 8/10)

Bird Box Review – Confusing And Messy, Yet I Kept Watching (Rating: 5/10)

While I was looking for the featured image for this review, I kept coming across news articles about how Bird Box has been ‘Netflix’s Biggest Hit Yet!’, bringing in over 45 million accounts, and subsequently even more viewers. Upon first hearing this, it sounded impressive – if only movies like Widows had brought in such a huge crowd. Then I remembered that there’s a pretty key difference … Continue reading Bird Box Review – Confusing And Messy, Yet I Kept Watching (Rating: 5/10)

Roma Review – A Thoughtful, Loving Portrait Of A Neglected Woman (Rating: 10/10)

Following the BFI London Film Festival back in October, the Twitter buzz for Roma was completely unavoidable. From debates on whether it’s even worth watching through Netflix on TV instead of in theatres, to discussions of how it was undeniably the best film of 2018, the hype was unbelievable. So I put it off – only for around a week after the initial Netflix release, but … Continue reading Roma Review – A Thoughtful, Loving Portrait Of A Neglected Woman (Rating: 10/10)