The Gentlemen is a super fun cockney crime caper playing to Richie’s undeniable strengths.
Now I don’t think Guy Richie has made a decent film since 2008’s RocknRolla, so it’s a pleasant surprise I can say, Guy Richie is back baby!!!
I had an absolute blast with The Gentlemen. Some wonderful performances, especially from Hunnam and Farrell. Charlie Hunnam was a big surprise for me here, giving the best performance in a great ensemble. McConaughey is fine and Hugh Grant didn’t quite work for me. He was having a lot of fun with the character, but it didn’t sit quite right with me. It could go either way.
The movie does start off a tad slow and a bit clunky, with Hugh Grants character just setting up the story, but when it gets going it’s a cracker. Getting back to his roots, Richie injects heaps of laughs, loads of swearing, and a nice splattering of violence throughout. It’s a pick and mix of Lock Stock and RocknRolla. There’s some great music and action pieces and there’s a couple of scenes that are honestly up there with Guy Richie’s best. Namely a hip hop video and a scene in a council flat where you really get to see Hunnam at top level.
I highly recommend this. I wasn’t expecting too much and ended up loving it, and if you loved RocknRolla you should love this!
Reviewed by Josh
American expat Mickey Pearson has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.
With Little Women Greta Gerwig does a wonderful job of creating something that feels current and will appeal to all ages, young and old. Staying true to a period of time, whilst injected it with young and upcoming actors, Little Women is a wonderfully clever, and surprising relevant look at women’s roles in society.
Wonderful performances all round. Honestly there isn’t a foot out of place. Saoirse is fantastic in the lead, and taking nothing away from her at all, Florence Pugh is the standout for me, and gives her best performance to date. That’s pretty big considering how good she was earlier this year in Midsommar. What a year!! Also Chris Cooper is outstanding, reminiscent of the caliber exuded in American Beauty. And if Timothee Chalamet doesn’t break another million hearts after this I’ll eat my hat.
The chemistry between the sisters, the Mother, the next door neighbours, the love interests is outstanding and a major credit to Gerwig. Her direction is on point, not wavering for one second. While obviously being snubbed so far for awards, I can’t see the Oscars taking the same stance, and would be completely shocked if there’s not a nomination for Best Film and Best Director for the little gold statue.
Little Woman is a very joyous affair. Even though it’s centred around the struggles of life without money, the main feeling you have is one of happiness. Think It’s a Wonderfull Life. Smiling for most of the film you can’t help but feel nice and warm inside as the credits role.
There is a quote in the film that really personified the theme for me, and it’s from Jo.
“Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it! ...... But, I’m so lonely!”
I think this is a wonderfully pertinent moment for this current social climate we find ourselves in. We are all being told what we should be doing, what our ambitions should be, and need to be, but at the end of the day, we still have our most basic human need, love.
Reviewed by Josh
Roope Says (PurgatoryFlicks Full Review)
Overall, the latest version of Little Women is a superbly crafted and acted period/genre piece that’s definitely worth checking out even if the genre is as off putting as it is to me. It’s sophisticated approach to the lives of the March families daily life and the performances are the carrying strength of the movie. I think from this years best picture nominees, this was my least favorite. Even with the critic ratings being as superb as they are, my expectation were surpassed as i left the theater with a satisfied feeling. Happy that i watched this, even happier that i liked it miles more than i thought i’d like it.
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Cluedo on Crack! Knives Out see's writer director Rian Johnson back in the seat where he thrives. A dark comedic caper, film noir, slapstick spattered extravaganza. With exquisite writing, wonderful dialogue and stellar performances across the board, Knives Out is Johnson back on top form. He is a master of redefining a genre by giving it a fresh and vibrant update.
Brick was one of my favourite films of 2005. It was actually one of my most anticipated films that year, and when I got to see it in the cinema it blew me away. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. A film noir set in a high school, with it's own made up language throughout. Sounds like a bit of a train wreck I know, but somehow, he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt made it work, and work extremely well. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to source it out.
After a slightly mediocre second film, in The Brothers Bloom, it was Looper that really got everyone to sit up and notice Johnson. Again, implementing those film noir traits but this time with a Sci Fi background. I'm sure you've all seen it, but another MUST SEE film.
In Knives Out, Johnson breathes new life into the Christie-Style Whodunnit and gives it a dysfunctional shove into the 21st century. The first and obvious method is to put together an incredible ensemble cast. It doesn't get much better. Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield and Ana de Armas. If that doesn't get you in...
Out of all the wonderful performances (There's not one mediocre one) Daniel Craig is a delight in this very refreshing role as a Deep Southern American 'Kentucky Fried' version of Hercule Poirot. Ana de Armas honestly blows this out of the water! She's perfect, nailing every scene with high and heartfelt emotion. I also loved Collette and Don Johnson, and also Noah Segan (who as been in every RJ film) is really great as the fanboy detective. But a film is only as good as it's script, and this a banger! Twists, turns, witty dialogue, and 100% pure entertainment.
Knives Out is utterly dysfunctional, entirely surprising, and outright hilarious!
Roope Says (PurgatoryFlicks)
An unapologetic, damn surprising, ensemble casted & risky spoofy whodunnit murder mystery from Rian Johnson who always has something fresh to add, whether you like or hate his work. The movie is extremely funny, downright hilarious.
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.
Taika Waititi is back in the indie seat with another quirky and off kilter tale, this time tackling Nazi Germany in the only way he knows how. Comedy and satire at the forefront of a uniquely emotional story.
While most of Jojo Rabbit works, and works well, there are elements that didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The way the comedy intertwined with some extremely emotional scenes sometimes felt quite jarring to me. Being thrown into a devastating scene while still chuckling from the previous one, I found it hard to instantly and entirely engage.
The comedy is quite sporadic throughout, mainly from Taika himself as Adolf. Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant and Jojo’s No2 best friend all inject some extra humour, but the cinema was loudest whenever Taika was on screen.
On first watch, I think I really missed that Kiwi charm of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy. Jojo Rabbit is still another strong film from Taika, and certainly has an important message. I will definitely need to give this a second viewing to really make up my mind. Any film like this that I have a really high anticipation for, can be slightly muted and overwhelming on the first viewing.
Well worth seeing!
A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
With three wonderful performances at the centre of this by the numbers political drama, Bombshell shines a cinematic light on the fall of Fox News boss, Roger Ailes. Ailes (John Lithgow), was fired in 2016 for multiple sexual harassment cases with 23 known victims.
Bombshell is written by the writer of The Big Short, and that style is plastered all over it. The tone and direction are kindred to an Adam Mckay film (The Big Short). Jay Roach employes a similar mockumentary technique Mckay has become well known for. It is however, the performances that are the highlight of this, based on a true story, drama. Kidman and Robbie give great supporting performances, with the major talk and award nominations centered around Margot Robbie's outing. She is great, particularly in two emotionally charged scenes. But Bombshell is fully weighted on Charlize Theron's portrayal of Megyn Kelly, and I'm surprised that's not the performance that is consuming the conversation around this film.
Bombshell is a good film. It's not great, but it is good, and certainly worth watching. The pacing is a little slow at stages, but for the most part, keeps you entertained. I also thought that the score wasn't great, needing more tension than it was given. I didn't know too much about this story, and it has sharpened my desire to delve into it further. I've been hearing great things about The Loudest Voice, in which Russell Crowe plays Roger Ailes, so that's been added to the Tv watchlist.
If you like political dramas like recent films, The Report and Official Secrets I'm sure you'll get enough out of Bombshell. The performances are worth the price of admission.
Written by Josh B
Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.
I can't believe I'm saying this, I really can't, but....... this is Will Smith's best film in years! A lot of years. I honestly can't believe it. I'm shocked and baffled. The preview to Bad Boys For Life looked terrible. Horrendous would be a good word to describe it. I couldn't shake the current Will Smith curse and Martin Lawrence just looked desperately unfunny. Maybe they were trying to dampen expectations. Maybe they need some new movie trailer people.
Bad Boys For Life is everything you want from the genre. It's laugh out loud funny, and much to my surprise it's mainly Lawrence who is delivering the comedy. He's really funny in this role, a role that he has made his own, even 17 years between drinks. You've also got great action sequences. Car chases, bike chases, gun fights, fist fights, it's all there, and it's thrilling to watch. Then there's the all important sentiment and nostalgia. I definitely didn't expect it to be there, let alone, emotional.
These two, fairly new directors do a great job of putting all this together. I'm sure people were a little worried Michael Bay wasn't on board in any way ;), but I think it's all the better for it. This would have been a $200M blast fest with no rhythm or rhyme (They made this for a very respectable $90M). Don't get me wrong, there are some Fast and the Furious-esk moments here that are completely unrealistic, but what are you expecting. For new directors I'm impressed and keen to see what they do next.
The script was the place this was going to fall over if anywhere, but with great writers on board, (The Grey, Narc, A-Team, The Town, Blood Father) it's solid. The pacing of the story is excellent. It keeps it funny, entertaining, and action packed. What more do you want?!
Go have some fun! Bad Boys For Life is now showing in cinemas from today.
I’m a fan of the directors previous works. I dug Krisha, but what really peaked my interest was It Comes At Night, which i think is absolutely phenomenal. So my expectations were high for Waves.
The story sounds pretty cliché on paper, and for the first 30 minutes or so, that’s exactly what it is. We follow a talented young wrestler having to deal with a very demanding father and the pressures given. Along the way bunch of other issues emerge and that’s where the film really gets going, and starts standing out of the pool of films dealing with coming of age themes. The way the film utilizes wonderful cinematography, mesmerizing score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross and editing to set the mood for what’s going on is phenomenally executed.
Performances are somewhere between alright and good mostly, but who without slightest of doubt stands out here is Sterling K. Brown who plays the father of the family portrayed. Guy has some serious range, which has already been proven in This is Us and People vs. OJ. On a different year, i’d say he’d be a lock for best supporting actor nomination.
Waves doesn’t shy away from approaching extremely depressing themes, and even though there is some glimpses of happiness here and there. The film is a beautiful, harrowing and extremely sad experience that feels very much real. It should offer something for everyone, if given the chance. A very powerful drama with important things to say.
I had my issues with the movie and the way it’s story unfolded, at some point it really felt like some characters were overused and others mainly forgotten. That might be just between my ears, but the way one particular and to me the most important storyline and the way it concluded felt really clunky in some ways. Might be a bit slow and tedious for some people and the film often feels a bit self absorbed and pretentious but those are elements i really don’t mind.
A24 is known for distributing some of the best and original films these days, and even though Waves doesn’t reach the top of the list it sure is a well-made movie and worth watching to see an entirely different take on the genre.
Movie Review by Roope (PurgatoryFlicks)
A controlling father’s attempts to ensure that his two children succeed in high school backfire after his son experiences a career-ending sports injury. Their familial bonds are eventually placed under severe strain by an unintended murder.
1917 is Sam Mendes second foray into the war genre. Ah yes, you forgot about Jarhead didn't you... After 2005's Jarhead, which I myself loved, 1917 is a hugely ambitious step up for Mendes. He has to be commended for using this 'one shot' technique for what seems to be it's perfect use.
Believe the hype. 1917 is this years Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge, Dunkirk. It's 100% fitting that it's in the conversation surrounding these war greats.
The use of the one shot technique for this type of film is genius, as it completely immerses you in the action with little reprieve. Seemingly menial moments like following these two young men walking through the trenches is enthralling & captivating. This is also superbly elevated by the pitch perfect score that is coursing through the veins of the film. Honestly, the score is impeccable, goosebumps a plenty... and the Oscar for best score goes to Thomas Newman, 1917. Then there's Roger Deakins cinematography. Need I say more. It's stunning from start to finish, with some scenes very reminiscent of 2049.
Let's get some minor flaws out of the way. Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen from GOT) was the wrong casting for this one. A) he's a little too chubby for this role. It's even eluded to at the start there is no food around, yet Blake looks very well fed. Chapman also doesn't nail some of the important scenes, which takes some of the emotional punch away from them. The only other thing to mention might be the fact the Germans can't seem to aim to save their lives. It did start to feel a little hard to believe at times.
George MacKay does a wonderful job as the lead. He hits all the right notes of emotion and intensity. There's also a bunch of great cameo appearances spread throughout the film, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Andrew Scott in a great little scene where a few smiles are to be had.
1917 is a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen, the biggest screen. It's definitely one of the best films of the year, and an amazing effort in cinema.
Written By Josh B
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them.
The Lighthouse is definitely a film for 'cinephiles'. A master class in film making, director Robert Eggers turns up the style, the tension, and the downright weirdness, since his last film, The VVitch.
Two feature films made and Eggers is making his own hefty mark in the horror genre. With his own unique style of storytelling, his films won't please everybody. They are uncomfortable, disturbing and slow paced.
There's little wonder The Lighthouse has been nominated for Best Cinematography at this years Oscars. The Black and White, almost square 1.19:1 ratio is shot with such beauty it will mesmerise and haunt you in equal parts. Eggers teaming up again with Director of Photography, Jarin Blaschke, after their collaboration on The Witch, have created one of the best looking films of 2019. Also reteaming with The Witch composer, Mark Korven, the score accentuates the horror, the claustrophobia and the descent into madness the film has to offer.
The performances are outstanding. Willem Dafoe transforms into a grizzly pirate of a man, while Pattinson plays a quiet and subdued young man, who is seemingly running away from something in his past. They are both exceptional. The Lighthouse is predominately just the two of them stuck on a volcanic rock of an island. The lighthouse and the violent oceans that circle them become characters in their own right. One towering over them and the other surrounding them with suffocation.
Folklore and supernatural ancient yarns abound, The Lighthouse is a horrific tale of yesteryear that can also give us insight into human traits we still deal with today. It's not an easy watch, but it's wildly weird and entertaining.
Written by Josh Barry (FilmNotions)
Nick Says (NicksFlicksFix)
Incredible cinematography. Extremely weird. Amazingly unsettling. Spontaneously hilarious. Superb performances. It’s damn good.
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Peanut Butter Falcon is this years Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and if you have a beating heart, it's one that's not to be missed.
Most years we get one film that soars above all others in the feelgood, heart warming stakes. 2016 brought us the delightfully incredible Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and in 2013 we got Ben Stillers marvellous The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. These are the oh so re-watchable films that get better and better every time you revisit them. They exude passion and heart, and ultimately make you feel better about the world around you. They are films that demand to be watched again and again, because while you're watching them you really don't want them to end.
Welcome to 2019's Peanut Butter Falcon, by debut feature directors, Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Both have directed a few shorts and documentary shorts, but this is their first foray into a cinema feature. And what a damn fine debut! It's one of those beautiful stories, I just can't see anyone not liking. If you don't, I'm not sure your human, and please go and check yourself immediately.
Peanut Butter Falcon is a wonderful piece of storytelling, in a story written specifically for Zack Gottsagen. With stunning cinematography of the Florida coastline, rivers and marshes and a career best performance, this is the movie you need in your life right now!
Reviewed by Josh
Nick Says (NicksFlicksFix)
Heartwarming, wholesome and hilarious. Shia LeBeouf and Zach's chemistry is golden. A gem of a movie that needs even more recognition that it's getting.
A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years.
Richard Jewell is a film jam packed with wonderful performances. Sam Rockwell is fantastic, and isn't being talked about nearly enough for this role. Kathy Bates is great in her Oscar nominated role. And in any other year, I think Paul Walter Hauser would have been nominated for Best Actor. He is incredibly authentic and the emotional punch his portrayal delivers is mesmerising. This is a performance driven drama, that elevates a straight forward story into something quite special.
Clint Eastwood has delivered some great films in the past. Unforgiven, Mystic River, Gran Torino, and Sully to mention just a few. He has been a little hit or miss over the past decade. Hereafter, The 15:17 to Paris and The Mule (I didn't mind The Mule, it was ok). Richard Jewell is a step back in the right direction for the almost 90 year old director.
Based on the true story of Richard Jewell, a security guard who's life is flipped upside down by the media, turning him from hero to terrorist with one front page article. Jewell is an overzealous law enforcement wannabe, and while doing security at a concert at the 96 Olympics, he spots a bag left under a bench. This probably would have gone unnoticed if Jewell wasn't there, but he ends up saving many lives with his actions. But he fits a profile. He's a man who still lives at home with his Mother and shows a keen interest in law enforcement. Is this an elaborate plan to attract attention to himself as a hero? No matter the facts, it makes for a great story.
Clint takes aim at the media in a big way. The power they wield over everyday people, and their eagerness to stretch truths for newspaper sales, no matter the effects on innocent lives. Richard Jewell is a great reminder of the media's effect on our everyday.
Aside from the stellar performances, the film works best in the time it takes to tell the story, with tension and emotion building wonderfully throughout. You really get to know Richard Jewell and at times you're shown the reasons he was an interest to the authorities. The authorities he admires, respects and can do no wrong. It's a sad story, but one we need to be reminded of.
Written by Josh B (FilmNotions)
Nick Says (NicksFlixFix)
Sam Rockwell is the standout here! However, the performances across the board a pretty strong. It’s a little too long and definitely had scenes that could’ve been removed, but you can say that about every Eastwood movie.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, "Richard Jewell" is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. "There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes." The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing-his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Richard Jewell thinks quick, works fast, and saves hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives after a domestic terrorist plants several pipe bombs and they explode during a concert, only to be falsely suspected of the crime by sloppy FBI work and sensational media coverage.
It’s colourful, it glitters and it has an Egg Sandwich! Soooooo that has been the fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn…. As usual I haven't seen a trailer before and therefore I went in without any expectations. Even if I wasn’t overly excited for this movie since, I was so massively disappointed by Suicide Squad, I’m happy to announce that this movie worked pretty well. It’s not a revelation to the business, but it’s definitely worth watching!
Anyone who wants to criticize the feminist touch of the movie should consider looking up the word “emancipation”, which appears in the title.... Because Harley Quinn is definitely a movie that breaks with some visual habits we are used to when we think about comic book adaptations, as well as superhero and actions movies, which are for the most part dominated by a male cast. And this is what feels a bit strange at first about this movie, and I’m saying this from a cinephile point of view. We’re so used to certain standards of portraying women and men in specific movies or genres that we seem to forget that women can easily carry an action movie pretty well all on their own.
Yet it’s hard to describe the feeling I had while I watched this movie. It felt girly but never too much and it was relatable – as a girl you can’t say this often, when watching movies like Iron Man, Batman... you name one... Those are good entertaining movies, but do I feel connected to them?.. Nah not much. With Harley Quinn it's slightly different. For one, Harley and all the other girls look normal, not running around half naked or over dressed with tons of makeup. Just some (almost) ordinary woman, who love to have fun, are sick of being told what to do, or see their achievements taken by a man who then get all the credit, who love some good unhealthy food and who can definitely can kick some ass, not just as a sidekick. The action in this movie is beautifully choreographed and edited. Though I thought that some music choices they made weren’t always the best.
Personally I would have loved if the songs would have been more adapted to the cuts and the camera movement or the tempo of the action sequences. So visually speaking they were almost perfect, but the sounds could have been better overall. But that’s just some nit picking I’m doing here.
The major issues I had was the storytelling and the introducing of all the characters. I was immediately reminded of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ because I had the same problem with that movie. Too many characters you don’t know who need to have a proper introduction so anyone (like myself) who never have read a comic book would understand who they are and why they end up together as the “Birds of Prey”. The more characters, the more flashbacks, the more confusing timelines…. and voila you’re standing in front of a little mess that makes it a bit harder to really feel for any of the girls or to be really invested in the story. Ewan McGregor as the villain is fantastic but I couldn’t help it but only picture Sam Rockwell when he appears on screen (if you see the movie I think you know why). It really kept me slightly distracted and I started to wonder if Rockwell might have been a better choice….? So I, for my part see some weaknesses within the storytelling ,but it doesn't keep you from enjoying this one - “Birds of Prey” became a fun time movie, that offers great action, a fantastic female cast ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead is outstanding, absolutely loved her) and an awesome soundtrack. Forget about the Joker I want more of Harley and I do hope that it gets a sequel!
Written By Maddy (Filmaddy)
Birds of Prey is like a mashup of Deadpool and Kill Bill, but not really in a good way. Don't get me wrong, it's fun and poppy in the right places. It has peaked my interest to see what comes next in this planned trilogy, and I hope they concentrate more on the pack, rather than just Harley.
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Are you a fan of the 1970s classic TV show ‘Fantasy Island’? Great! Stick with the show, because even when that series was at its worst, it still wasn’t as bad as 2020’s revamped-for-a-younger-audience-horror adaption, Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (and yes, the title card at the beginning of the film has “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island”).
A group of people win a competition to travel to an island run by Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena), who have the opportunity to live out their ultimate fantasy. A girl who wants revenge on her high school bully, a cop who always wanted the chance to be a soldier, a woman who wants one more chance with the person she loves most. These are just some of the ideas that Fantasy Island brings forward for the audience to invest in.
And to be fair, at surface level, this concept should make for an interesting movie. In fact, Fantasy Island at times does feel like there is a passable thriller movie hiding in between every bad joke, every awful twist and every uninspired jump scare. In the hands of someone who cared more about making a good movie, rather than just making something for cheap that the kids will love, Fantasy Island may have been another one of Blumhouse’s semi-reasonable hits.
However, this “horror-thriller” will now go down as one of 2020’s most unintentional comedies. This is the sort of film that warrants you getting your mates together on a Friday night and playing a drinking game with it. In no way is this a good movie, but it’s definitely one that can be enjoyed (albeit not for the reasons it should be enjoyed) under the right (intoxicated) circumstances.
Fantasy Island falls hard into some many horror tropes that it feels stale. The script isn’t intriguing, the direction isn’t commanding attention, the humour is mismatched to the scenes it is placed in and the performances (with the light exception of Maggie Q)… well they actually feel like the belong in this movie.
Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)
A group of contest winners arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios.
Please be aware, the trailer for this film has done the marketing zero justice. Emma, although being the fifth adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel, is a breath of fresh air into the period-era genre. It’s consistently hilarious and stacked with a brilliant cast to provide a highly entertaining film going experience, whether you’re a fan of this kind of movie or not!
In this adaption, we see Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Glass) in the titular role of Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who finds her daily amusement by meddling in the lives and romances of the people around her. The film boasts a variety of amazing performances, including Johnny Flynn as George Knightly (Emma’s on and off love interest), Mia Goth as Harriet Smith (Emma’s best friend) and the standout is Billy Night as Emma’s father, Mr. Woodhouse.
Taylor-Joy is a delight to watch on screen, even when you don’t really agree with some of Emma’s acts and motivations, there is no doubt a charm that is brought through her performance. As stated previously though, Bill Nighy is golden in this film. He’s overprotective of his daughter and himself to a hilariously ridiculous degree which provides many moments of humour that can close out a scene like the cherry on top of the sundae!
Screenwriter Eleanor Catton has done a great job of adapting Austen’s material for a contemporary audience. Just like any adaptation from literature, sometimes the film version can miss crucial elements of the story or character development. However, Emma does not feel like it suffers from this as the story moves along at a reasonable pace while feeling cohesive and keeping essential plot point. Another one of the scripts strengths is the ability to have the film still make sense even with the inclusion of the all the period-era dialects, maintaining the films rapid fire wit throughout.
The film’s production design and setting is captured very well by director Autumn de Wilde (Emma being her debut feature film). Every location is stunning to look at and the interactions between characters is filmed with a very deliberate style of creating romanticised tension. A great example of this is the dance scene at the ball, in which, with the use of extremely minimal dialogue, de Wilde is able to establish relationships and advance the story through the classic style of “show, don’t tell”, and that is a quality not many directors can pull off.
Aside from a few technical mishaps with the editing early on (which is only noticeable if you’re looking for it), Emma is a humorous and wholesome delight that provides the hope that after this and Little Women, with the right people behind the wheel, can deliver exciting period-era films for all the enjoy.
Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)
In 1800s England, a well-meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
'Right, if you don't mind, it's time to milk the alpacas.' This is Nic Cage's response to a freaky colourful meteor that lands in the backyard. This is what you're up for if you choose to go and see Color Out of Space. And I really think you should!
A few short years ago, we were given the gift of Nicholas Cage going beyond full Nic Cage, in the acid trip, fantasy horror, that was Mandy, and I myself loved it. Color Out of Space, produced by the same company, is definitely looking to feed off those feels. Richard Stanley is back directing his first feature in over 20 years, and I have to say he does a great job.
Now when you've got 2 guys involved in a film, that at one point in their lives they both went in a search for the Holy Grail, you know you should be in for something completely bonkers. And bonkers you have in spade fulls. Meteors, aliens, alpacas, a pussy cat called G-Spot, and that's only the half of it. When this thing gets into full swing, strap yourself in, because things get violent, weird and downright crazy!
There's so many quotable lines in this film, with 99% of them coming from Cage. His character, whilst in the midst of losing his mind, is beautiful to watch. I was getting those flamboyant Castor Troy vibes. The cinematography, and bright, vibrant colours are also done really well, with similarities to the look of Annihilation. That coupled with the score, another high point for me, gives it exactly the right brooding atmosphere.
My advice is watch the trailer and see what you think. If you love weird and wonderful, and you liked Mandy, then I'm pretty sure you'll dig this.
Reviewed by Josh
A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches...including them.