Review: Ready or Not (2019)

After being featured at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival and Frightfest, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s latest film has been quietly making waves among critics and audiences alike. With a twisted family drama at its core, Ready or Not has the elements of the classic ‘hunted’ horror film. However, it is anything but. After marrying Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) on his parents’ estate, Grace … Continue reading Review: Ready or Not (2019)

Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

I have to admit, I am not the biggest Jarmusch fan. Given the usual slow pace of his films especially with uneventful dramas such as Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, his style is a love-or-hate thing. So, having this as the foundation of his latest film – his first foray into horror – is questionable. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam … Continue reading Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

With one directorial feature under his belt, director and screenwriter Theodore Melfi is making his mark in Hollywood with his second feature, which celebrates diversity and scientific achievements among women. Hidden Figures focuses on three African-American mathematicians – Katherine Jackson (Taraji. P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) – and their contributions to Nasa’s Friendship 7 space mission, which saw John … Continue reading REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

REVIEW: Doctor Strange – 4/5 stars

It is now a troubling time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the events in Age of Ultron and Civil War, the Avengers are no more and what’s worse, new characters such as Ant-Man, Black Panther and Spider-Man 3.0 are effectively left in limbo until around 2017-18. Until then, Marvel brings out the second feature in the third phase – Doctor Strange, the latest origins … Continue reading REVIEW: Doctor Strange – 4/5 stars

Looking Back: ‘City of God’

For modern film fans, 2002’s City of God is a key entry in Brazilian cinema.  Based on Paulo Lins’s 1997 semi-autobiographical crime fiction novel, the film adaptation promotes themes of adulthood, survival and pessimism in one of Rio da Janiero’s favelas. City of God follows young aspiring photographer Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) and his childhood and subsequent adolescence in the Cidade de Deus favela.  Set between the end of the … Continue reading Looking Back: ‘City of God’