Review – A Quiet Place

Posted by Simon on April 04, 2018
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There’s a section in the second act of A Quiet Place where everyone I could see in the cinema had their hands clamped over their mouth. It’s a strange thing to be in a room full of people sat in total silence, straining to watch a movie that is desperate in its own absolute quiet. This is A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s directorial debut, at its very best – tension gnawing through the screen, audience in the palm of its hand, waiting for the inevitable snap.

And snap it does.

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Jessica Jones Season 2 gets Episode Titles and Awesome Pulp Art Posters

Posted by Matthew on March 07, 2018
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The second season of Jessica Jones is debuting this week on Friday and in advance the names of the episodes have been announced via some awesome pulp art. Each episode gets its own dime store detective novel cover and each one is pretty awesome.

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90th Academy Awards Live Blog!

Posted by Matthew on March 04, 2018
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Tonight is the 90th annual Academy Awards and for the 6th year in a row we are live blogging! Newest updates are at the top!

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Matt’s 2018 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

Posted by Matthew on March 04, 2018
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It’s time for the 90th Annual Academy Awards tonight and that means that Simon and I will be live blogging the show! As always I’m publishing my guesses and thoughts now so that they are on the record ahead of time so that I can be held accountable for my guesses. Usually I have some pretty strong ideas of what’s going to happen but this year everything feels a bit up in the air.

Last years show was a bit bonkers what with the Best Picture mix up so the show is pretty certain to be a little less exciting at least. In any event let’s get right to my thoughts on the categories.

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Review: Annihilation

Posted by Simon on March 03, 2018
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Oscar winner.

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Awesome: Marvel is Finally Making a Black Widow Movie

Posted by Matthew on January 10, 2018
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Good news everyone! Marvel is finally developing that movie we’ve all known for years they should probably make!

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Matt’s Favourite Dozen Films of 2017

Posted by Matthew on January 01, 2018
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Another year, another list of favourites. 2017 has been a … turbulent year in the real world but a stellar one for film. You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately, VIFF coverage aside, but I have been gong to the movies. As of this writing I watched 323 movies in 2017, 70 of which were 2017 releases. Not too shabby considering that I only go to one festival.

Before we get to my dozen favourites there are a few things worth sharing. First, a few that I haven’t seen yet:

  • Call Me By Your Name (wr. James Ivory, dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  • The Florida Project (wr. Chris Bergoch & Sean Baker, dir. Sean Baker)
  • I, Tonya (wr. Steven Rogers, dir. Craig Gillespie)
  • The Post (wr. Josh Singer & Liz Hannah, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  • Phantom Thread (wr & dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Professor Marston and The Wonder Women (wr. & dir. Angela Robinson)

Some of these were due to scheduling on my part (I have a day job!) and some on the films part (Neither The Post nor I, Tonya are out here yet), but all of them seem like exactly the kind of movies that would end up near the top of my list.

Second, these choices are presented in alphabetical order except my favourite which will come last. There are a variety of reasons for this but mostly it comes down the fact that they are all good movies that I have a hard time grading relative to each other because they are all so different. Consider also that some of them I have seen multiple times and others just once and that second viewings are often where I end up solidifying an opinion and you end up with a list that looks like this.

Third, don’t have any honourable mentions but I will probably write some further thoughts on 2017 in a separate post.

So without any further ado, here are my favourite dozen

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Simon’s Games And Movies Of 2017

Posted by Simon on December 20, 2017
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It’s been a hell of a year, to put it mildly. Thankfully, we’ve had a great twelve months of games and movies to take our minds off the world slowing falling into a Trump-shaped festering sinkhole.

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Awesome: David Ehrlich’s 25 Best Movies of 2017 Video Countdown

Posted by Matthew on December 04, 2017
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December is list making season and the highlight for me every year is IndieWire’s senior film critic David Ehrlich’s 25 best of the year video countdown. Let’s get right to it.

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Russell Crowe teases possible ‘Master and Commander’ sequel

Posted by Matthew on November 27, 2017
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a perfect movie that never found its audience. It should have been the start of a sprawling franchise of adaptations of the twenty-plus book Aubrey-Maturin series but instead we’ve been stuck with just one fantastic movie from this series for the past 14 years.

But maybe not anymore.

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Review: Thor Ragnarok

Posted by Simon on November 10, 2017
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I really miss the sci-fi movies of my childhood. Big, colourful, often funny, always exhilarating; so much fuel for imaginary spaceship battles around my bedroom. I’m sure much of this comes from older eyes and wearier brains, but I find sci-fi these days to be too bland, too unwilling to risk shapes and ideas. The resurgence of Star Wars has taken big steps back to the fantasy side of sci-fi, and Guardians Of The Galaxy got close with its amazing ship design and snappy script, but I often felt myself seeking more of the fun.

Well, not any more. We’ve known for a while that Thor Ragnarok would be colourful and funny – director Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows is one of my all-time favourite comedies – but what I was not prepared for was Ragnarok having so much more. Far from being all-out comedy, it’s a meaty, gorgeous slice of sci-fi bliss.

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Disney’s new ‘Lion King’ film gets a stellar cast

Posted by Matthew on November 02, 2017
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The live action Disney remakes have been a bit of a mixed bag for me but this announcement should be enough to get anyone hyped.

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…And Here’s The Last Jedi’s Poster

Posted by Simon on November 01, 2017
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Because it’s gorgeous.

I have to say, the continued red theme is really doing it for me. December 15th.

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Stop What You Are Doing And Watch The Last Jedi’s International Trailer

Posted by Simon on November 01, 2017
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Like, now. Whatever it is, it can wait.

I was quite excited. Then very excited. And now I’m standing and clapping. STAR WARS.

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The Orville Is My Favourite Star Trek

Posted by Simon on October 19, 2017
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Bold, clever and heartfelt, The Orville is a gorgeous piece of sci-fi – and I’m as surprised as anyone.

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