Cinema

Review: The Meg

It takes old fashionedly long before The Meg shows its titular monster on screen. An unexpected throw-back to the days of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Alien. Movies used to build suspense by hinting but not showing, a trope also known as “nothing is scarier”. This is a mechanic that is used a lot less now; financial stakes are higher, movies compete with each other for the most media attention and…

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Review: Avengers Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War definitely lives up to its hype and the overall reputation of the film series. It’s grandiose, a wild ride full of surprises and a grand achievement in super hero movie making.  If you can spare two and a half hours out of your evening the coming weeks, I urge you to go and see it. This review contains spoilers. It’s when Thor Odinson refers to Rocket Raccoon as…


Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

Are we actually moving away from the Age of Grumpy Old Men now? Or at least, Grumpy Old Men that take the lead in every damn action movie and videogame? Maybe it’s finally happening. That’s what I thought when watching Pacific Rim Uprising last week. Coincidentally I had also been playing Gears of War 4, which in turn has been compared to the new Star Wars movies in some reviews….


Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Review: Thor Ragnarok

Sometimes the best acting is done when an actor doesn’t have to act but just be himself. The second last time I thought of this was during Star Wars The Force Awakens and the performance of Harrison Ford as an older, wearier Han Solo. Anyone who has seen Ford in interviews knew he was pretty much being himself. A goodhearted but slightly sulky old man who enjoys making people feel…


The Comfort Zone of World War II

Call of Duty is going back to familiar grounds. This year’s game is made by Sledgehammer and will take us to the famous campaigns of the Second World War. Once I tried to impress my crush by telling about my fascination with the Second World War. It did not have the desired effect. “Ugh, what is it with all the men being obsessed with that war? There are so many other…


Rogue One: We May Fear Darth Vader Once More

Rogue One is a great movie. A magnificent ensemble of actors bring this gritty, grounded universe far, far away. It has fantastic acting, stunning visual design and a story so heartfelt and heart wrenchingly beautiful, I dare you not to cry at the end. But what surprised me a lot, was the feeling when I left the cinema: I truly feared Darth Vader again. From the moment I became familiair…


A Contemporary Look at Dracula

Having recently re-read “Dracula” (technically reading it for the first time, since I realised that at an earlier point I read a cleaned up, PG version), I came fascinated by the thematics and the relevance of the story in the time it was written. Bram Stoker’s famous novel is an intriguing period-piece, giving a striking image of English society in the late 19th century. It’s suspenseful, brilliantly paced but also…


Review: Ghostbusters

Calling the new Ghostbusters movie “self aware” is putting it mildly. It’s a fun filled vessel of smack in the face contemporary relevance. Not that it attempts to be political or self righteous; that’s exactly what it doesn’t do. It carries a message without being overly smart or witty, it just is what it is: a lighthearted action comedy about four women hunting ghosts. It’s exactly what it was back…


Star Wars and the Future of Optimism

Is it possible to get nostalgic for a time period that you didn’t experience yourself? The easy answer would be no. That’s also the answer that makes the most logical sense, at first sight. But the truth is more complicated, as I found out. There’s a sense of second hand memories that can pass over to you from the previous generation. Media plays a big role in this phenomenon. A…