Available on Netflix Directed By Aaron Sorkin Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner While the phrase “based on a true story” is usually code for “Hollywood has run out of original ideas so we hired a cheap screenwriter to adapt a biography in order to save money and still have a shot at an […]

Directed By: James Mangold Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, John Bernthal Ah, the irresistible charm of sports movies. Was Rocky the first? Surely it is the template at the very least*. You know the story, a down on his luck, plucky contender gets wriled up usually by some Herald-come-trainer** to get back to the form […]

Director: S. Craig Zahler Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles After three feature films we can now safely say that S. Craig Zahler’s ‘Zahlerness’ is not a fluke.  An uncompromising and unapologetic vision reveals the stamp of an auteur throughout Bone Tomahawk (2015),  Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)  and  Dragged Across Concrete (2018).  Zahler himself is a multidisciplinarian who has written, directed […]

Between the years 2011 and 2013, an astral phenomenon occurred which caused several different Screenwriters to have the same idea.  The product of that idea was the following films: Melancholia (2011)  – Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Another Earth (2011) – On the night of the discovery […]

After a desperate plea from her sister, a horror writer returns to the home in which the siblings and their mother were brutally attacked sixteen years earlier. The only thing I knew of  Ghostland was that it was Written and Directed by Pascal Laugier and the only thing I knew about Pascal Laugier was that he’d Written […]

Netflix’s new release, White Chamber*  is a Sci-Fi Horror made and set in the United Kingdom.  Being a sucker for Sci-Fi and a hound for Horror, I decided to give this one a go without having heard anything about it. The setup is thus:  During a future civil war in the UK, A woman wakes up in a futuristic […]

On the face of it, Burning may be a hard sell.  A two and a half hour slow burning mystery which leaves more loose ends than it ties up is not going to be everybody’s jar of kimchi.  Adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story called Barn Burning  the film follows seeming loner and aspiring young novelist Jong-su (Ah-in […]

I’m not ashamed to admit I welled up at the end of Creed 2.  Though I’ll caveat this with the fact that I was sleep deprived and at high altitude as this was during an international ‘red eye’ flight.  I cannot attest to the voracity of the Wittertainment*-described phenomenon of AALS (Altitude Adjusted Lacrimosity Syndrome) but perhaps […]

Jordan Peele’s follow up to the much acclaimed  Get Out (2017)  is a bigger budget and more expansive affair which may leave audiences with more questions than answers. This time tackling the myth of the Doppelganger and offering further evidence of the creator’s love and knowledge of the horror genre, Peele’s liminal beings are an entirely new […]

With  I Am Mother  Debut Writer and Director Grant Sputore’s Sci Fi offering tackles big ideas with a small budget.  Set in a post-apocalyptic ‘re-population’ facility, a teenage girl is raised by a robot “mother” until a stranger interrupts their unique bond. In the tradition of Ex Machina (2014)  and  10 Cloverfield Lane (2016),  I Am Mother (2019)  narrows the scope of […]