FocusFlik – Alt-Rom

Despite being a lover of all things film, one genre that’s never particularly struck well with me is romance. Whether it’s romantic classics or rom-coms, I’ve never quite…got it. Perhaps my scepticism of that perfect, ‘OMG I can’t breathe without you’ fluffy, rose-tinted view of the world somewhat dampens my ability to buy into those…

How I Live Now

How I Live Now is a Scottish/British/American film (there’s some Welsh in there too) set in modern-day rural Britain. Part coming of age drama, part war film, it revolves mainly around Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), an American teenager, with deep anxiety and compulsive disorders, who is sent to live with her cousins in England, Isaac, Piper…

Fargo – Revisited

This weekend, in the UK anyway, sees the premier of the new Fargo series starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. The original, directed by the hugely talented Coen brothers, has stood the test of time and is one of the quintessential Hollywood titans. My discovery of Fargo happened around 12 years ago, when I…

The Purge

The Purge is a sci-fi, horror, thriller set in a politically dystopian future where for 12 hours, once a year, all crime is legal, the idea being that criminality is purged from the general public meaning the rest of the year stays relatively crime free. Given it’s fairly low-budget, $3mil, it took the box office…

Stake Land

Stake Land is a seriously low-budget vampire/zombie (or as I’ve termed it Zompire or Vambie, do you think it’ll catch on?) flick. Costing less than $1mil to make, it grossed around $33k at the box office, but has since found a following on home media. Glowing critic reviews have helped, it’s reasonable success, but Hollywood…

World War Z

World War Z is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, a sequel to his satirical Zombie Survival Manual. It follows Brad Pitt a former UN investigator who is tasked with finding a way to stop a zombie pandemic. Plagued by filming problems, World War Z was met with mixed, but…

Elysium

After Neill Blomkamp’s stunning breakout success with District 9 (which I still maintain was unfairly marketed in favour of Peter Jackson!) any follow-up, District 9 sequel or not, was going to be highly anticipated and highly scrutinised. It’s fair to say that Elysium divided audiences, fans and haters alike. Elysium is set in a future dystopian…

Silent Hill: Revelations

So I’m going to just say it from the start, I’m a MAJOR Silent Hill game fan, since the first one was released back in 1999, I first played it at my granddads. Quite possibly, inappropriate for my 12-13 years of age, but then I fell in love. I can remember genuine, inescapable fear playing…