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Review: The Imitation Game

Review: The Imitation Game

I’m fond of a cryptic crossword – all those hidden meanings in a prosaic black and white grid. I’ve pretty much cracked The Observer’s Everyman. However, completing The Times cryptic is still out of reach. Putting the seemingly pointless ability to solve cryptic clues front and centre is a clever way to introduce viewers to The...

Review: Wolfcop – “A skin-splitting, claw-sprouting full moon party”

Review: Wolfcop – “A skin-splitting, claw-sprouting full moon party”

Written and directed by Lowell Dean, Wolfcop is a monster movie borne from a Canadian film competition. The title alone should have been enough to win it, but combined with a proof of concept trailer and a lot of social media buzz, Wolfcop tore through the competition to win a Canadian theatrical release and million dollar budget. Every cent of those Canadian...

Annabelle may do permanent damage to the hairs on the back of your neck

Annabelle may do permanent damage to the hairs on the back of your neck

Annabelle is a spin-off of The Conjuring, James Wan’s film about demonologist’s the Warren’s. Although she only briefly appeared in the parent movie, the possessed doll that terrorised two nurses at the beginning of The Conjuring and ended up encased under lock and key and blessed twice a week by a priest, made such an impression that she now...

Review: The Maze Runner – “A non-stop breathless sprint of a film”

Review: The Maze Runner – “A non-stop breathless sprint of a film”

Teen-survival-action-thrillers adapted from YA source material are the new black, and Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s bestseller is bang on trend. Having read the books, I was very excited (and a little worried) going in. The excitement was more than warranted, but I needn’t have worried. The Maze Runner is better than its source...

Gone Girl: A Commentary

Gone Girl: A Commentary

(The following commentary of Gone Girl (2014) contains a necessary plot spoiler. If you’re planning to see the film and have no knowledge of the plot, perhaps read this afterwards. – RS) About: Gone Girl is an American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher. It was adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben...

Review: John Doe – Vigilante

Review: John Doe – Vigilante

“If you are a law-abiding citizen you have nothing to fear.” Synopsis: His ideals are driven by logic and reasoning, and nothing more. His voice, his actions, his message, all executed with emotionless precision, to obtain a prescribed emotional response. The criminal known as John Doe is a vigilante, one who has been been caught after a prolonged hunt...

Kristen Stewart’s Camp X-Ray gets a trailer

Kristen Stewart’s Camp X-Ray gets a trailer

A young woman, Amy Cole, (Kristen Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. As...

The Ninth Cloud interview: Director Jane Spencer on indie film making, Michael Madsen and getting killed by Godzilla

The Ninth Cloud interview: Director Jane Spencer on indie film making, Michael Madsen and getting killed by Godzilla

The Ninth Cloud recently played very well at this year’s Raindance Film Festival. The film stars Megan Maczko as an American in London trying to find herself and a way for her to express herself artistically. As she struggles to make rent and to see if either of the two men in her life, Bob (Michael Madsen) and Jonny (Jean-Hughes Anglade), can give her...

Review: As Above, So Below

Review: As Above, So Below

A found footage horror film? Cause’ there just aren’t enough of them. This once-original filmmaking device was a respectable excuse for independent filmmakers to achieve their vision cheaply but to effective results. Approachable realism, limited perspective with no omnipresent camera – useful devices of terror enabled from this choice of execution. Then...

Blu-Ray review: Saints and Soldiers – The Void

Blu-Ray review: Saints and Soldiers – The Void

Saints and Soldiers – The Void is a sequel apparently, but if, like me, you haven’t seen or heard of the original, it doesn’t matter. The Void is completely self-contained and won’t leave you hanging. It might leave you wanting to check out the first film though – S&S 2 is a perfect Sunday afternoon flick with hearty action and a...