The critics tell me to stop.  Family and friends tell me to stop.  Even my own better judgement and sense of reason tells me to stop.  But addiction can’t be reasoned with.   I’m chasing the high I’ve been chasing since I was a teenager.  It started with The Usual Suspects, that pure uncut feeling of being taken in.  My memory […]

There Will Be Blood  starts with Daniel Plainview alone, battling and struggling in his quest for Silver. This sequence is one of the few devices which allow us to sympathise with an arch monster of a protagonist. Though we may not condone them, Daniel’s misdeeds are, to an extent, relative to the suffering we believe he must have […]

The creators of Rampage (the film) should be ashamed of themselves!  As everyone knows in the original game the monsters were originally humans who were turned into a giant gorilla, lizard and wolf by a vitamin, a radioactive lake and a food additive respectively.   However in the 2018 film, we’re supposed to just except that they were […]

What happens when a criminal mastermind, an indestructible hero and a man with 24 distinct personalities are captured and locked in a facility together?  What happens when the director who gave us ‘The Sixth Sense’ is on the verge of his own cinematic universe? The answer to both is very little.  Glassis largely a talkfest of ‘on […]

Not your typical jingoistic Hollywood action movie but lacking some key ingredients.  A believable performance by Noomi Rapace and some strong action set pieces are let down by a lack of subtext* and a frustrating co-star. The relatively short running time is both a blessing and a curse in that it remains palatable yet doesn’t provide […]

With Velvet Buzzsaw, Dan Gilroy succeeds in simultaneously subverting melodrama and slasher film as devious and deluded characters are slowly consumed by the art around which their world revolves. While installations, paintings and ghastly portraits pervade both scene and story, Gilroy’s double helix of character arcs, drawn from a clique for whom Art is a […]

This essay will explore how Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, 1956) and Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) tap into the viewer’s fears of dehumanisation. The essay will focus on the films within the social contexts of which they were originally viewed and will explore how Invasion of the Body Snatchersengages with the audience’s anxieties about social, political […]

Cat People (Tourneur, 1942) is a forerunner in the early B movie trend towards “suggestive horror” and a departure from the Monster-driven horrors of the day.  This essay will explore how Tourneur creates suggestive horror through juxtaposition and contrast, in particular through the use of sound and mise-en-scene.  The essay will also illustrate how Tourneur tapped into the […]

Imagine you’re on the same commuter train you’ve ridden to and from work day after day, year upon year when something very suspicious happens.  A woman who looks really similar to the love interest from Scorcese’s The Departed offers you a large sum of money in exchange for finding a passenger who “doesn’t belong”.  Suddenly the commute […]

In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth.  It’s unclear from the original text as to when he created giant rock monsters but fast forward to 2014 and Darren Aronofski released the film, Noah.  While God took 7 days to create the World, Aronofski’s reboot of God’s epic took 14 years (screenplay to release) and cost […]