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Film Review: Searching

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Searching is the new thriller that features Jon Cho as a father in distress and Debra Messing as a stern police officer trying to help him. The story plays out entirely on a computer screen as Cho chases leads to find his missing daughter.

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Topics: film review

Film Review: Incredibles 2

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Incredibles 2 is the long awaited sequel to the 2004 smash hit superhero movie. I think it’s easy to forget how good of a superhero film the first Incredibles was. It came in era when the only real superhero films were the Sam Rami Spiderman films and the X-men series. It predated the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even the Christopher Nolan Batman films and doesn’t get quite enough credit as a superhero film separate from being an animated film.

 

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Topics: film review, incredibles

Film Review: Skyscraper

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Skyscraper focuses on a drawn out fight between Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and his latest nemesis: an extremely high-tech skyscraper filled with fire. It’s a battle for the ages filled more plot lines than a guy Ritchie Gangster flick.

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Film Review: Sicario: Soldado

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

The first scenes of the new Sicario film set the tone for the whole feature. They are gritty, violent and difficult to watch. It pulls no punches with the visuals, which, in an age of action films being dominated by superheroes and The Rock, feels increasingly unfamiliar. You expect the camera to pull out or cutaway but it holds and lets you see everything as it happens.

 

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Topics: crime,, film review, thriller

Film Review: Hereditary

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

It’s always intriguing when a film is met with rave reviews from critics but a lukewarm reception from the public. At the time of writing this Hereditary holds a 91% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes and only a 58% with audiences. I’ve read some reviews that put this down to audiences expecting a different kind of horror that they’ve been conditioned to want by countless Purge and Final Destination movies. I’m not sure that that’s very fair.

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Topics: film, film review, supernatural, horror

Film Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

The new Jurassic world falls firmly into the category of recent films showing the viewer something they’ve seen and enjoyed before and expecting them to enjoy it again. To be quite fair to it, it doesn’t literally replay a previous film in its franchise, which we have seen done recently, but rather goes to the effort of borrowing the greatest hits from all the previous Jurassic Park films.

 

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Topics: sf and fantasy, film review, lost world, Jurassic park

Film Review: Veronica

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

With a release that had next to no advertising, ‘Verónica’ sort of slipped people by. It was released to Toronto film festival and some Spanish markets in late 2017 but was then released on to Netflix in late February of this year. It gained some traction online at the time but over the recent bank holiday weekend it seems to have exploded. I read several articles with headlines like ‘The scariest movie you’ll watch this year!’ or ‘The film so scary people have to turn it off!’ and I was understandably intrigued.

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Topics: film, film review, review, supernatural, horror

Film Review: Avengers:Infinity War

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Marvel’s Infinity War is rather aptly named. When they first said that there would be more than 50 characters from films gone by, I think the general reaction was that the film would be cluttered and unwatchable. If Justice League struggled to make six characters function in a single story line, more than 50 would be ridiculous.

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Topics: film, film review, infinity war, marvel

Film Review: Ghost Stories

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Adapted from an earlier play by Dyson and Nyman, Ghost Stories focuses on the tale of Professor Goodman (played by Nyman himself). Goodman works as an investigator and as an exposer of fake and fraudulent psychics. The film begins its main plotline when Goodman receives a mysterious package from a famed psychic investigator who is looking for closure about three cases he cannot explain.

 

 

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Topics: gothic, film review, blog, ghost, ghost stories

Film Review: A Quiet Place

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

 In recent years there has been a trend to make horror and thriller films that build in to long sagas with an extended mythos. Often, these films start with an interesting idea that is then complicated to enable a series of sequels and prequels. This not only hurts the initial film but leads to monotonous and repetitive future instalments.


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Topics: alien, film, film review, review, blog

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