TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: Luther (Series 5)

Luther: Series 5 – Aired on BBC (UK) 1st- 4th January 2019 (Review contains SPOILERS) Luther has been a flagship show for the BBC since 2010. Combining the less glamourous landscapes of east London with grisly murders and a troubled detective (who just happens to be played…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

JUMPSCARECUT: Fractured

Young lovers Rebecca (April Pearson) and Michael (Karl Davies) are on their way to a romantic get-away when they find themselves with a flat tyre, in the dark, in the middle of the British countryside. Rebecca becomes paranoid that someone is watching them and tensions…

Film Reviews

JUMPSCARECUT: Mandy (2018)

Set deep in the backwoods of  the northwest of USA in 1983, Panos Cosmatos phantasmagorical horror sees Nicolas Cage’s stoic lumberjack, Red Miller, seeking vengeance against a variety of ghoulish figures following the murder of the love of his life, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough). The couple…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: The Escort (2018)

A short film written, directed and produced by Bizhan Tong, starring Kevin Leslie and Olivia Moyles. Currently doing the rounds on the festival circuit the film sees Eric (Kevin Leslie) turning up at the door of escort ‘Veronica’ (Olivia Moyles), flowers in hand. It soon…

Film Reviews, Horror, Z - 2017

REVIEW: Veronica (2017)

Set in Madrid in 1991 and based (extremely loosely) on true events, ‘Veronica’ tells the chilling supernatural tale of the 15 year-old titular heroine and a series of unexplained events taking place over a few days. Veronica is the carer for her three younger siblings,…

Comedy, Family, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Paddington 2 (2017)

The 2014 ‘Paddington’ film took everyone by surprise. Having had to recast the voice of Paddington himself when Colin Firth stepped away from the project, many of the already sceptical folk were worried that the end product might be a bit of a mess. However,…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian sci-fi epic ‘Blade Runner’ saw Harrison Ford playing Deckard, one of the titular blade runners, who had been tasked with hunting down and killing four replicants, (extremely life-like androids), who had escaped from the colonies and were now posing a threat…

Film Reviews, Horror, Mystery

REVIEW: The Limehouse Golem (2017)

Set in the gloomy East End of London, ‘The Limehouse Golem’ is a gory Victorian whodunnit with a gloriously twisted difference. Directed by Juan Carlos Medina (director of 2012 film ‘Painless’) the film is based on a 1994 novel by Peter Ackroyd, “Dan Leno and…

Action & Adventure, Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Atomic Blonde (2017)

Former stuntman David Leitch’s first solo directorial outing is somewhat of a mixed bag. Set in November 1989, the just-at-the-end-of-the-cold-war spy thriller takes place against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin wall. The opening scene sees  a mustachioed man being chased through Berlin’s…

Drama, Film Reviews, Mystery, Romance, Z - 2017

REVIEW: My Cousin Rachel (2017)

Roger Michell, probably best known as the director of Notting Hill, brings us this fresh take on Daphne Du Maurier’s dark thriller, ‘My Cousin Rachel’. A wealthy young man, Philip (Claflin) plots revenge against his mysterious cousin Rachel (Weisz), believing her to have murdered his…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Ken Loach has long been a fearsome and tireless campaigner for political change, giving a voice to those in society who might otherwise be overlooked, through films which merge drama and reality. When ‘I, Daniel Blake’ won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, Loach took…

Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

It’s hard to believe that ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is only the second directorial outing for fashion designer Tom Ford, seemingly already establishing himself as somewhat of an auteur. Producing, directing and writing the screenplay, Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a dark, hallucinatory noir thriller which has already…