28 September 2016

Review: The Girl with all the Gifts

Dystopian zombie thriller The Girl with all the Gifts takes the genre in an interesting direction as it looks at different and very human reactions to a viral outbreak that turns people ravenous and savage. Its distinct perspective is very compelling, and newcomer Sennia Nanua impresses in the lead role. For more, read my full review for Frame Rated here.

18 September 2016

Review: The Flash – Season 2

The second season of The Flash is out on DVD now. There's a lot to like about Season 2, but it's a bit of a step down from the tremendous first season of the superhero drama. Much of the season spent too much of its attention on setting things up for Legends of Tomorrow, and the story struggled to get its focus back during the rest of the season. Here's a link to my review for Frame Rated.

16 August 2016

The Shallows is a gripping shark-attack thriller

The Shallows gets so much right that it's easy to forgive any small missteps it might make. This is the shark movie done right, keeping things simple, tense and focused. It's a lean 87 minutes of survival thrills, and it's one of the most entertaining movies of the summer.

15 August 2016

Preacher is at its best when it's unpredictable, and frustrating when it's not

The first season of Preacher finished a few weeks ago, but it's all available on Amazon Prime right now. I suspect the show will play better in one go, so if you were planning to binge it, now's a perfect time. This unusual drama is definitely something special, but it's sometimes hesitant in a way that doesn't always work. When it plays to its strengths, though, there's not much that's as bonkers and wild as this.

14 August 2016

Review: Suicide Squad

At the moment, DC and Warner Bros just can't seem to get it right. As with Batman v Superman, there's evidence the studio has tinkered with Suicide Squad a little too much. It feels over-edited and messy, and it's full of plot holes. It has its moments and isn't an outright disaster, but it also doesn't really work. For more, read my full review for Frame Rated.

1 August 2016

Review: BoJack Horseman – Season 3

Last year, I wrote about how BoJack Horseman is the best show you're not watching. There's a strong chance that's still true. The show's third season recently arrived on Netflix, and it's the most impressive one yet. BoJack continues to balance sharp humour and honest emotional storytelling with skill, and it makes for highly rewarding viewing. I've reviewed Season 3 for Frame Rated, read my verdict here.

30 July 2016

Review: Supergirl – Season 1

While I reviewed the pilot and did a quick roundup review for all the DC superhero TV shows, I hadn't done a full review of Supergirl's first season until now. I've been largely impressed by the show, and even if it has sometimes been uneasy it has grown into a confident and worthwhile superhero adventure that is well worth watching. Head on over to Frame Rated to read my review of the whole first season, just in time for the DVD release.

26 July 2016

Review: Star Trek Beyond delivers exhilarating blockbuster thrills

With JJ Abrams giving up the directing duties in order to bring us Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s the job of Justin Lin to deliver the third instalment in the revived Star Trek film franchise. Lin’s directing does not disappoint in the slightest, as Star Trek Beyond embodies the very best of what the previous two films had to offer, making for an exciting space romp that has no shortage of gripping action, meaningful character arcs and strong thematic undertones.

25 July 2016

Review: The BFG

For those of us who fondly remember frequently reading Roald Dahl’s The BFG, or listening to it on cassette tape repeatedly on long car journeys, Steven Spielberg’s wonderfully faithful adaptation won’t disappoint in the slightest. This is a lovely film that really captures the heart of this story and brings it to life onscreen. Read my full review at Frame Rated.

18 July 2016

Review: Anomalisa

With so much critical praise, it’s easy to go into this with incredibly high expectations. And I’m fully aware that disliking this film isn’t how most people have reacted. However, it’s just missing something. Anomalisa suggests themes rather than exploring them and is ultimately a depressing and unrewarding film to sit through. The animation and voice acting are undoubtedly impressive, but this feels like an incomplete work. For more, see my full review for Frame Rated.

17 July 2016

Review: Ghostbusters proves to be a fun action comedy

As many sane people have said, if the sole reason that you object to a new Ghostbusters movie is that it stars four women rather than men, you’re being incredibly silly. This mass tantrum on the internet has gone from being ridiculous to offensively stupid in a remarkably short space of time, and it needs to end. The reason you’re frustrated comes down to not being able to accept that this one single piece of culture was not made with you as the target audience. I hate to break it to you, but this is only the start. Whether the new Ghostbusters is a hit or not, everything being predominantly aimed at men is a trend that’s on its way out – and that’s obviously a good thing.

28 June 2016

Review: Game of Thrones is all about revenge and revelations in the explosive ‘The Winds of Winter’

‘The Winds of Winter’ is simply one of the strongest and most satisfying episodes of Game of Thrones ever. This is both because it finally gives us moments we’ve been waiting years to see, and because it conveys its revelations powerfully, with thematic unity and through a narrative that feels singular and purposeful in a way the show so rarely gets to be. It’s an episode that successfully calms any doubts about whether the series knows what it’s doing, too, bringing its key characters into important and climactic positions as it gets ready for the endgame.

27 June 2016

Review: Orphan Black’s fourth season ends with uncertainty

The Orphan Black showrunners have talked in the past about how they have a plan for five seasons of the show. True to their word, it was recently announced that the series will be ending after next season, making this its penultimate year. This season has focused less on broadening the world of Orphan Black (which is what last season seemed to be all about) but more on focusing on the characters, examining the past and getting a really close look at the true villainy of Neolution that has been the shadowy enemy throughout.

26 June 2016

Review: The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets might be Illumination Entertainment having a go at the same story done in Toy Story (it’s just what pets get up to when we’re not looking, rather than toys), but even with the familiarity it’s a lot of good fun. It’s a shame it doesn’t have the sophistication of Pixar and Disney, but this is still the best thing Illumination has put together since Despicable Me. For more, read my full review over at Frame Rated.

25 June 2016

Reviewing the season finales of the DC shows

With most of the TV shows based on DC Comics existing in a shared universe, I thought I’d review all their latest seasons in one post. We’re talking Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl here, taking a look back at the most recent season for each show individually: