Starring: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento Director: Martin Ritt John Russell (Newman) inherits some property and heads out to claim it. He's a quiet man, rough and direct, and he's disliked and distrusted because he was raised by Native Americans. But when the stage coach he's travelling back on comes under threat… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Hombre (1967)
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In rural America, the Abbott family try to survive in the aftermath of an invasion by strange creatures that hunt by sound. If you make a sound, they hear you and they hunt you with an incredible strength and speed. Survival is not easy. With one deaf child struggling, and another child on the way, is silence really possible? Can they survive?
It’s an incredible idea for a film, and with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles as the parents of the family, it seems like a sure fire winner. But sadly, it doesn’t deliver.
The film suffers from a few key problems of which horror films are prone, but the key issue is that it’s fairly slow and lurches from one situation to another, as though you’re watching a list of situations that someone has come up with in a room…
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Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Beau Bridges Director: Hany Abu-Assad The day before Alex (Winslet) is due to get married and Ben (Elba) is to perform vital surgery, they find themselves stranded in an airport when all flights are cancelled. Desperate to get back, the two strangers decide to charter a small plane. But when… Continue reading The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada Director: Daniel Espinosa Imagine you're picked up as a little thing from your home planet and taken care of by kind alien beings. Then one day, something goes wrong in your space and you curl up to protect yourself. You're then electrocuted, and discover that in… Continue reading Life (2017)
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride Director: Ridley Scott The crew of a pilgrim ship heading for a new world are woken by an accident 7 years from their destination, and the deaths of their crew make them wary of re-entering cryosleep. Enter a chance transmission from a habitable planet right nearby,… Continue reading Alien: Covenant (2017)
By now you must know how much we love a horror franchise, and this time around I thought we'd take a look at Alien, which started in 1979, and has had sequels, spin offs, reboots, games and even restaurants and bars made out of it. OK, so it's a sci fi, survival horror but it… Continue reading Horror Franchise: Alien (1979 – )
Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts I remember being a little kid and my Dad putting on the original King Kong from the 30's to watch with me and my brother. There are certain scenes of that film that remain embedded in my mind, but the… Continue reading Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox Director: John Boorman Based on a book by James Dickey, this is a film that's earned it's R rating. It's oddly beautiful at times, and also very dark. So just be prepared going in. Four friends set off on a river rafting trip together, to enjoy… Continue reading 105 Must See Movies: Deliverance (1972)
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi Director: Isao Takahata Although I loved this film, after it finished I needed a drink! It's very sweet and very sad. The film is about a boy Setsuko and his little sister Seita, at the end of WW2 in Japan. During an air raid their mother is badly injured and… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Director: Alfonso Cuarón Overhyped film about astronaut Ryan Stone (Bullock) who is separated from her spaceship during a freak accident, and must use all her ingenuity to survive. The central performance by Bullock is the actress at her finest, and perhaps the accolades that the film received are highly deserved.… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Gravity (2013)