Tuesday, 22 January 2019

A List Of Movies I Want To See But Cannot

November (2017)
Good Manners (2018)

Thursday, 20 September 2018

10 x 10 SSMR Short + Sweet Movie Review

10x10 (2018)

A grippingly tense but often ridiculous thriller with a strong female protagonist.

Great use of its modest locations. Takes place in a fancy, expensive and secluded house and uses it well; not once does the limited set feel overplayed.

The story is mostly unpredictable and underscored with a flawless soundtrack that is simple and effective - just as the film is and excels as.

Claustrophobia is an issue however; the film feels overbearing and leads the viewer wishing it would all end - still gripped to see just how.

A twisty, violent and oddly sexy ordeal for a very quiet weekday.

#-#-#-#- - 3.6/5

Monday, 19 March 2018

Secret in Their Eyes 2015 Review SSMR

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

Grizzled counter-terrorism detective solves cold-case murder of Julia Roberts’ daughter.

Awesomely shot and traditionally scored, showing no sign of a modest budget. The story is perfectly paced and has a meaty twist ending.

Seems to be trying to cover all of the staples of the detective genre e.g. sports game, work-based love interest, a tunnel chase, funny sidekick etc.

All performances are above functional, with Roberts’ portrayal of a grieving mother weighing in as the most impressive.

Provides a gripping riff on True Detective and Luther’s first seasons, with none of the sex but more emotion and similarly strong character building.

#-#-#-#- - 4.1/5

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Unlocked 2017 Review SSMR

Unlocked (2017)

A female secret agent fights clandestine-organized terrorism and saves the world.

A small but well used budget makes this an ‘epic’ film that deftly globetrots and has large set pieces. 

Noomi Rapace is a star, reliably in decent films.

Camera guy, Jaromir Sedina is invaluable. Albeit feminized, the action scenes are amazingly shot.

The film looks like a big Hollywood production at times and also has the cast to suit, with quite a few big name stars putting on classy performances.

A thrilling and often coldly brutal view, subverting clich├ęs at every turn in the gear of genderism. However, a limp script dampens proceedings.

# - # - # - # -   - 3.8/5

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

TV Shows I Must Remember To Watch in 2018

There really are too many TV shows being made – too many to watch, at least. I can’t watch everything. So, while I watch the shows I can’t wait for like Empire, Lucifer and The Flash, I must remember the shows I don’t currently have time for.

TV shows I cant afford to watch.
  • Legends Of Tomorrow
  • Gotham
  • JoJos Bizarre Adventure
  • Star
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Marvels Agents of S H I E L D
  • Marvel’s The Punisher
  • Marvel’s Inhumans
  • Ghosted

Monday, 7 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Boyka Undisputed (2016) SSMR Movie Review

A spin-off in the Undisputed movie universe.

Featuring a Russian-accented Scott Atkins, one of my favourite actors of all time, someone who makes every fake punch look good.

Intricate MMA-inspired choreography to rival the Raid, flawlessly captured with wide angles. The fighting segments are pleasantly split up by romance and gangster themes.

Highly artistic and classical colour schemes, with strong contrasts and unquestionable colour-washing. Editing is exemplarily crisp, with masterful control over pacing.

The raw and winding tale is enacted by a middling and untested mostly-Russian cast that sets a dark tone with strong consistency. Although the audio score is beneficially accomplished, small inadequacies pop up a few times.

Sprinkled with masculine dramatics, Boyka Undisputed hits the gas from the go and never lets up. A thrilling, unflawed masterclass of action cinema.

# - # - # - # -  4.4/5

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Crude Deception of American Gods

If you follow this site, you’ll know I keep things simple. American Gods was marketed as an exciting and complex TV show, the adverts quoted: “a show to rival Game of Thrones”. The trailers looked quality and the production had good pedigree. Plus, it has Ricky Whittle as a lead. I was intrigued and hopeful.