Ghost in the Shell | Spoiler-free Review

When Ghost in the Shell debuted in manga form in 1989, we were living in a pre-Internet age – a time of William Gibson cyber-punk fiction, the personal computer held infinite potential and the year 1999 still felt like the far-flung, robot-filled future. It was a pre-The Matrix time. It was a more innocent technological age.

A Cure For Wellness | Movie Review

You remember that kid in school, or maybe at work, who always thought he was smarter than everybody else – when in fact he was a grade-A dumb-shit with a big mouth and lot of swagger? That’s A Cure For Wellness – easily a contender for the worst film of the year – and it’s only March.

Live By Night | Spoiler-Free Review

Words: Chris Neill The last 12 months have been rough for Ben Affleck. He’s had to suffer through the embarrassment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the overwhelming whatever-ness of The Accountant and his new status as a kind of funny Internet meme. While the announcement that he’s helming the new solo Batman movie…

Paterson | Movie Review (Spoiler-free)

There’s an old saying that you should appreciate the small things in life. These small things are where Paterson finds it’s meaning; that inspiration and happiness can come from the smallest objects or interactions.

The Accountant – Movie Review [SPOILER-FREE]

In his book Bambi Vs. Godzilla, screenwriting legend David Mamet puts forward an argument as to why we watch so many lacklustre, big budget Hollywood films: one time we saw a really phenomenal one, and ever since then, we’ve been “chasing the dragon”.

Doctor Strange – Movie Review [SPOILER-FREE]

I appreciate Doctor Strange—it tries really hard to hit all the right notes; it works to make you smile. Scott Derrickson had a tough gig with this one, I suspect—trying to sell audiences on the philosophy and magic of Marvel’s laconic wizard in a post-Avengers, post-Guardians of the Galaxy world.

The Grand Budapest Hotel: A review and study

*Author’s note: As always, I have avoided spoilers – so there will be little discussion of the story itself. *   Wes Anderson’s work has a tendency to rub some people the wrong way. I will never understand them. They must see the world weirdly, in a different hue, to a different score. So does Wes,…

Review: Grudge Match

A film called “Grudge Match” starring Stallone and De Niro sounds like it would be dark, gritty, bloody, violent action film. The sucker punch is that it’s actually a comedy with more emphasis on love and family. As an elderly comedic duo, Sylvester Stallone as Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp and Robert De Niro as Billy ‘The…

Review: ‘Iron Man 3’

When Robert Downey Jr.’s opening monologue kicks in over ‘Iron Man 3’s smartly edited opening sequence, the standard is set for a tonally different Marvel Comics film adaptation. You can thank veteran action film director Shane Black for that. His previous catalogue reads like a how-to guide to crafting smart, sexy action – itself exactly…

Review: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Many of you will have already discovered, with some dismay, that ‘Paranormal Romance’ now constitutes its own section at your local bookstore. As a genre, it boasts such flagships as the ‘Twilight’ saga, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and, more recently, ‘The Caster Chronicles’ – the first instalment of which is ‘Beautiful Creatures’, the inspiration for a…