Reviews

FIFA 18 on Switch is a Revelation

Posted by Simon on September 30, 2017
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The first complete, portable football game that gives an almost perfect experience – just as long as you don’t want to play online with friends.

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VIFF Review: ‘Breathe’; Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy are great in this OK film.

Posted by Matthew on September 30, 2017
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Andrew Garfield has a marvellous gift: when he smiles he does so with his entire face, including his eyes. This may sound like a weird thing to start a review with but when you’re talking about a film where he has to lay completely motionless save for his face it kind of becomes a big deal.

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Butcher on Switch is Psycho Lemmings

Posted by Simon on September 29, 2017
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What is this? DOOM for ants?

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VIFF Review: ‘Thelma’ and the existential dilemma that is becoming yourself

Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2017
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Thelma begins with two things. First, a warning that if you have epilepsy the movie might set it off and second, a father and his young daughter walking in the woods, hunting. The girl sees a deer and inches forward, transfixed. The father readies his gun and aims at the deer and then slowly changes his aim to the back of his little girls head. He doesn’t pull the trigger it’s clear from the get go that he desperately wants to. Then the movie starts to get interesting.

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VIFF Review: ‘Lucky’ is the perfect swan song for Harry Dean Stanton

Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2017
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A man lives alone in a small house in town so small you’d probably miss it if you blinked driving down the highway. He’s never been married, he has no kids. He starts each day with a cigarette, a vigorous yoga routine in his underwear, and the walk into town to do his morning crossword and see his friends.

I’m sure this wasn’t exactly Harry Dean Stanton’s real life but Lucky is clearly a movie about Harry Dean Stanton.

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‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s best film to date

Posted by Matthew on July 24, 2017
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It has been three days since I saw Dunkirk and I cannot stop thinking about it. That alone should be enough to tell you that the movie is great and that you should see it, so if an affirmation that it is worth seeing is what you are looking for you can stop reading now. Let me say this clearly and concisely right up front: Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s best film to date and you should absolutely seek it out on the biggest screen you can find.

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Review: Baby Driver

Posted by Simon on July 05, 2017
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I sometimes find the music in films almost manipulative. You watch something big and brash, like a Transformers or Avengers, and the aural aim is clear: use the score to generate the required emotional response from the audience. Here’s the hero, BAM BAM BAAAAM. Moment of loss; strings in a minor key. Racing through a jungle, peppering Colombian foliage with bullets? Have some dubstep to pass the time. What stands out for me more these days are films where the music is part of the story, instead of merely underpinning the action. Inception’s slowed-down Non, Je ne regrette rien; Fury Road’s war drums; Tarantino’s torture music. It’s an elevation of the material, a move that takes it to a whole level of blissful enjoyment.

But even the creative musicality of these great films cannot eclipse the groove of Baby Driver. Edgar Wright’s crime story is choreographed like a ballet, where every movement, spin and gunshot is rooted in the music blasting out, and the effect is somewhere approaching pure magic.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: DC made a good movie and I am SO HAPPY

Posted by Matthew on June 03, 2017
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It’s been a long four years since Man of Steel premiered and started the new DCEU shared universe. It has been a universe of muted colours and asshole heroes, and one that has been hard to be optimistic about future entries in, but I am happy to report that Wonder Woman is a great movie and that you should definitely see it.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review: I wish no one had told this tale.

Posted by Matthew on May 26, 2017
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I’m going to tell you this in more detail but just in case you’re seeing this on your way to the theatre I’m going to say it now: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a bad movie and you should not see it.

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Alien: Covenant Review: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Posted by Matthew on May 23, 2017
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I know what you want to know. “Is it good?”

Turns out the sequel to Prometheus –and it is very much more a sequel to that movie than it is a prequel Alien— is not only good, but retroactively makes Prometheus better. What are the odds of that?

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Iron Fist Season One Review: I Don’t Have A Good Pun To Tell You To Skip It (If You Haven’t Decided To Already)

Posted by Matthew on March 28, 2017
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I finally finished watching the first season of Marvel’s latest Netflix series Iron Fist. Spoiler alert: it is not a good show.

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Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Posted by Simon on February 11, 2017
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John Wick was a low-budget passion project that was fuelled by Keanu Reeves’ singular focus, reinvigorating his career in the process. So what happens when you take its unique style and add sequel money? Exactly what you’d think. John Wick: Chapter 2 takes what came before and expands in almost every direction, and creates some spectacular moments in the process. The problem, though, is that John Wick now wants to be a franchise, and its increased focus on worldbuilding isn’t entirely successful.

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Review: SUPERHOT (Xbox One, PC)

Posted by Simon on May 13, 2016
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Lukewarm.

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Review: Spectre

Posted by Simon on November 07, 2015
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Sky(fall)’s the limit.

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Catch Up Reviews: Fantastic Four, Tomorrowland, and Everest

Posted by Matthew on October 21, 2015
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Fantastic Four

Tomorrowland

Everest

It’s a hat trick of not that great movies!

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