The Young Offenders won over the hearts of many in 2016, earning more than a million at the Irish box-office. There are many reasons why; the energetic direction by Peter Foott, a handful of funny performances and an interesting take on a story rooted in real world events. However, I’d argue the most important element… Continue reading The Young Offenders loses some charm in the transition to the small screen
Black Mirror returned last Friday on Netflix for its fourth season. Having watched the six new entries of the sci-fi anthology, I feel safe in saying this latest batch of episodes is the most consistently strong since the series began. Partly this is down to writer and creator Charlie Brooker experimenting with the format of… Continue reading Black Mirror returns with its most consistent season
Director: Taika Waititi Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban, Idris Elba REVIEW Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine on the topic of superhero films and the term "superhero fatigue" was mention frequently throughout the course of the conversation. Essentially this a… Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Review
If there's one genre that could compete against the grand scale superhero blockbuster flicks in terms of variety and experimentation, it would have to be the spy genre. It's easy to see why. Both have a strong set of requirements to their technical checklist ranging from someone being introduced to a world they were unfamiliar… Continue reading Retro Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Being a lover of auteur theory, I enjoy when a filmmaker returns to the same themes - probing them in different ways, all the while adding his own unique touch. Examples include Kieslowski's Three Colours (Blue, White & Red, each examining European ideals), Park Chan Wook's Vengeance series (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance)… Continue reading Wind River Review
Director: Andy Muschietti. Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer. Having been stuck in "development hell" for quite some time, this adaption of the master of horror Stephen King's 1986 novel has finally made its way on to the silver screen. Things started off promising when Cary Fukunaga… Continue reading Review: IT.
The National conjure up a certain set of images and feelings. Awkward silences. Blood in bath water. Spilled wine and smashed glass. Repressed fury and bleeding souls. The light at the end of a tunnel. For sixteen years The National have dominated the alt-rock scene with subdued albums that become thrashing beasts when performed… Continue reading Album Review: Sleep Well Beast.