Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Alas apes, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted. All three of us have been busy – but we’re all back in action now to perform a cooperative analysis of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The film, directed again by James Gunn and starring all the usual favourites from the first, also features Kurt Russell in a leading role. This time around, the guardians are tasked with defending a planet belonging to the Sovereign, genetically-engineered golden superhumans. After that, the main plot revolves around Peter meeting his father, Ego. With that plot in mind, here are our thoughts…

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Elle makes for strange viewing. The UK trailer for the French film, directed by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven, made it seem like I was in for a tense revenge story featuring a middle-aged woman’s rampage. Instead, I was treated to a fantastic character study of a pragmatic, uneven woman’s life following a terrible event. Elle, French for ‘She’ or ‘Her’ is perhaps the most controversially brilliant portrayal of flawed morality and pragmatism I’ve ever witnessed.

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Free Fire: Preview Q&A

On Wednesday 1st March I was fortunate enough to catch a preview screening of Ben Wheatley’s latest flick, Free Fire. The director decided to take his film on the road to be shown in several independent cinemas throughout the country for one night only, conducting a Q&A with actor Sam Riley after the screening. But we’ll get onto that later, how was the bloody film? Well, lock and load. It’s a riot.

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Let me preface this review by saying I’m not the biggest fan of superhero films. Aside from some of the X-men films and DC’s Batman trilogy, I can take or leave them. Logan, a film set in a timeline that may or may not follow on from the events of X-Men: Apocalypse (which was naff, really), is not just a good superhero film. It’s a fantastic piece of cinema. Fans of Naughty Dog’s game, The Last Of Us, will recognise the familiar theme of mentor and ward traversing through a bleak, gritty world, but Logan stands on its own as a grim character study of one of Marvel’s most enigmatic characters, The Wolverine.

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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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