Star Wars has its ‘War’: ROGUE ONE review

This was gritty, downbeat, thumping, triumphant filmmaking. Gareth Edwards has brought a different aesthetic to the saga, away from the familiarity of Lucas and Abrams. Ever since MONSTERS, Edwards has brought scale to his films; GODZILLA benefitted from it and now STAR WARS. This is what impressed me the most. The scale of the rebellion … Continue reading Star Wars has its ‘War’: ROGUE ONE review

The Evil Wizard of Fate: William Friedkin’s SORCERER

More adapted from the source novel rather than the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1957 film THE WAGES OF FEAR, SORCERER takes the descent into hell. Towards a literal and figurative tower of fire, 3 of the 4 main characters are given their due, each given time to show where they have come from and what has led … Continue reading The Evil Wizard of Fate: William Friedkin’s SORCERER

Subversion of Genre Conventions in SCREAM & THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

[This post is a version of a piece of A-Level Coursework I did in 2012.] SCREAM (1996, Wes Craven) and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011, Drew Goddard) (CITW for short) are both horror films that are aware of the genre tropes. Both writer and directors of the films, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson for … Continue reading Subversion of Genre Conventions in SCREAM & THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Wilderness be damned: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

This year is turning into a fantastic year for smaller films. First SWISS ARMY MAN, now this. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was a fantastic comedy, with a great take on the vampire genre. This, Taika Waititi’s follow up, promptly follows suit as a unique journey into the wilderness. The light-hearted drama/comedy of HUNT … Continue reading Wilderness be damned: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE