Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Director: J.J. Abrams Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega You could feel it coming; a disturbance in the force. Gradually, as the press junkets for The Rise of Skywalker began, different members of the cast started speaking fondly of how Abrams' return felt so welcome. Abrams himself joined the fray. You could sense the urge … Continue reading Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Back in 1999 following the immense success of The Blair Witch Project (the first 'viral' word-of-mouth film?) there was a notable rise in the number of found footage films being made. Dramas disguised as documentaries. They were cheap, they drew crowds, they made money. They were, with one or two exceptions, awful. But they were starting … Continue reading Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

This is one of the toughest reviews I've chosen to write for this blog. How to position my stance on the hugely hyped and already widely loved latest entry in the goliath Star Wars franchise? A film which, for a while there, didn't seem likely to exist at all. Reviewing The Force Awakens requires being cagey … Continue reading Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Review: Super 8

***originally written 10 August 2011*** J.J Abrams likes secrets. From the marketing strategy of Cloverfield, to the entire bait-the-audience storytelling of Lost (and we’ll come back to Lost later), Abrams knows that what interests the audience the most is often what they either don’t know, or can’t see. And so we come to his new … Continue reading Review: Super 8