You may have noticed Netflix have really been pushing their specials lately, especially since they want to make 50% of their content Netflix originals. The most recent in their flurry of daring home-brewed cinema is iBoy starring Bill Milner and Maisie Williams, an east London gangland super-hero story, and it’s as dark and tragic as it can get.
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I watched Manchester By The Sea over a week ago. It’s taken me that long to have the capacity to review it. This is an emotionally draining piece of cinema that at times seems intent on drowning you in its melancholy. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the film has found critical acclaim online – but has also performed well with audiences. Continue reading “Manchester By The Sea”
The subject of split personalities and broken minds isn’t necessarily a fresh concept to the world of film. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho presented the chilling Norman Bates. David Fincher blew our minds with the Tyler Durden reveal in Fight Club and even more recently, Ryan Reynolds portrayed the mentally fragile Jerry in 2014’s The Voices. It’s a theme that lends itself so well to films, giving us an opportunity to examine the innermost cavities of the human mind, often to dark and unsettling results. While these films usually promote their characters as weak, disturbed individuals, Split asks whether a mind that can tap into the strengths of multiple unique personas is actually superior to our own ‘healthy’ mental state.
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Where do I start reviewing a film that left me so emotionally devastated? A Monster Calls, directed by J.A Bayona, is easily one of the saddest, most beautiful films about loss I’ve ever witnessed. As a book fanatic, I’d heard about the tale but never gotten round to reading the novel. Fortunately for purists everywhere, the film’s screenplay was penned by Patrick Ness, who wrote the book. I’m an oddly emotional guy and this film destroyed me, leaving me the last one in the screening with my head in my hands, sobbing uncontrollably. Continue reading “A Monster Calls”
We may be a bit late for a recap of last year, but it’s fair to say 2016 wasn’t the greatest era for films, or even humanity. Some critics are saying it was a bad year for film. On the whole, we don’t disagree – but there were some gems that shone out of the bleak, Princess Leia-murdering year. Here, we’ve decided to delve into our stand out of 2016. Each of the apes has chosen something different and hopefully, you’ll have seen the flicks we mention and agree or you’ll go out and watch them. Without further ado… Continue reading “The Ape Awards: The Best Films Of 2016”
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is the first of the ‘anthology’ films set in the Star Wars universe. They’re outside of the main story arcs, but still contribute to the overall canon. This film is the story of the desperate attempt by a group of rebels to steal the plans to the Death Star, which takes place before Episode IV: A New Hope. It stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, supported by a lively cast including Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Forrest Whitaker and Donnie Yen.
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