A Monster Calls

I hadn’t heard anything at all of A Monster Calls at all, off the back of my boyfriend’s recommendation, we went to see it on New Year’s Day. I had watched the trailer around 30 minutes before settling into a barren cinema, and was intrigued. The premise of the film, Conor, a twelve year old…

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Studio Ghibli has been bringing ‘alt’ kids movies to the world for over 30 years. It’s been the dominating alternative to Disney, offering odd, weird and wonderful stories, without the usual sprinkling of sugar coating that Disney offers. I personally got on board with Ghibli when Spirited Away was released. I was transfixed and in…

Suicide Squad

We’re all tiring now of Super Hero movies? Admit it, the only decent addition the comic book collection this year has been Deadpool. Suicide Squad was built up and advertised as part Deadpool, part standard comic book movie, the antidote to a tired and well worn genre of films, and the fan boy talk online…

10 Cloverfield Lane

With intriguing trailers and very little marketing ‘hype’, 10 Cloverfield Lane first caught my interest with a simple TV trailer (which given I don’t watch much TV, is pretty good going that I even managed to discover this film). The trailer looked interesting, a woman, in an underground bunker with two men who are telling her…

We Are Your Friends

I’ve signed up to a multiplex chain loyalty monthly scheme, because 1) there’s not a great deal to do on the island 2) the bad/good film ratio tends to even out making the monthly cost worthwhile. So, I went to see We Are Your Friends. My verdict before we bought tickets; ‘the soundtrack will be better…

Amy

23rd of July 2011 will forever be in my memory. For starters, it was the day I finally managed to get myself a laptop after getting a huge tax rebate from the government. Just after finishing university and slogging down at the library to write my dissertation, little known fact, libraries do have opening hours,…

Shame

Before Steve McQueen became a household name with his adaptation of slave narrative 12 Years a Slave, he certainly wasn’t well-known for his mainstream films, primarily established on the short film festival circuit. His début, Hunger, about the 1981 Irish IRA hunger strikes came to prominence in the awards season. But between these two films, came something…

Melancholia

**This post has numerous spoilers in Melancholia** Melancholia, released in 2011, is perhaps one of Lars Von Trier’s more financially successful films, and perhaps the most palatable to mainstream audiences. Well known for his shock-value film making, and a career that began in the artistic-indie realm of Dogme filmmaking, Von Trier took a distinct move…