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 :  Todd Phillips Starring:  Jonah Hill, Miles Teller Available on:  Netflix Right now it seems if you don’t have an opinion on Todd Phillips’ DC foray you’re either dead or Joaquin Phoenix.  Having not seen  Joker  hasn’t stopped anyone from offering an opinion to date but journalistic integrity (and frugality and laziness) has driven me to explore Todd Phillips’ back […]

Available on:  Netflix Starring:  Patrick Wilson Directed by:  Vincenzo Natalie I think Stephen King really hates mowing lawns.  He has managed to find horror in the lawnmower itself in  The Lawnmower Man (1992),  King appeared as a half man / half grass monster in  Creepshow (1982)  and most recently has had Netflix adapt his novella  In The Tall Grass (2019).  While Sunday garden maintenance can […]

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 […]

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 […]

The rise of ‘Buddy Horror’ There is a sub-genre of Horror which IMDB calls “Alien Infiltration” and a cursory keyword search of ‘the database’ suggests it is a potentially rich yet largely untapped theme.  Notable entrants include Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)  and its various remakes as well as the much loved yet now quite dated John […]