I literally like every single film I've ever seen and I'm not sorry about it.
A horror/comedy is always destined to be a film with contrast at its very core and this is certainly delivered in Extra Ordinary. Throughout the film, Ahern and Loughman create a playful balance between the whimsical and the macabre that still serves to turn stomachs at opportune moments, but that overall entertains. Despite carrying a heavy weight of predictably about it, this is easily forgiven when one considers the snort-out-loud hilarity that comes from the directors’ playful blends of paranormal…
The Safdie brothers have here created a fast-paced, slick-talking thriller that expertly utilises sound, cinematography and mise-en-scéne to build a panic-inducing piece that should shake even the most stoic of viewers. Though at times, the film appears to show its heart through a select few tender moments on-screen, the sucker punch delivered at the finale really delivers the stark message at the core of Uncut Gems.
Although Fighting With my Family does, at times, have its sickly-sweet moments, it remains a film with a great deal of heart and soul. Often, we find that the film’s core idea - it’s most important to be yourself - is overplayed in Hollywood. However, Fighting With my Family seems to pad this hollow adage out with heartfelt performances and a real sense of place.
Booksmart is a breath of fresh air in a crusty world of endless American Pie sequels.
Offering a fresh point-of-view on the coming-of-age meta narrative, this film appeals to both teens and ex-teens. The film’s social commentary, whilst problematic in places, offers a refreshingly self-aware world view that one would hope serves to inspire a younger generation of viewers.