by Giles Gough Psychological teen thriller Cruel Summer dropped on Amazon Prime recently to comparatively little fan-fare, but it has all the makings of a massive sleeper hit. Set over three summers, 1993, 1994 and 1995, the story follows Jeanette Turner (played by Chiara Aurelia) and Kate Wallis (played by Cloak & Dagger star,Olivia Holt). Jeanette starts off being a shy, awkward kid, who secretly … Continue reading You Should Be Watching…Cruel Summer
by Tom Beasley The idea of a once nimble mind slipping away has been an obsession of filmmakers in recent years, with Natalie Erika James’s fascinating horror movie Relic and the Oscar-winning drama The Father both immediately joining the pantheon of powerful films about dementia. Andy Kelleher’s debut feature Second Spring is another intriguing journey into a degenerating mind, albeit one which exists in a … Continue reading Second Spring – Review
by Tom Beasley James Corden’s disembodied head floats, wailing, above a carriage motoring along a road in the dark. A CGI mouse which almost resembles Kettering-born comedian James Acaster opens its mouth wide in an uncanny, terrifying scream. Rob Beckett also shows up and says the word “chicks” unironically. This is Cinderella, as you’ve never seen it before. After having its cinema release curtailed by … Continue reading Cinderella – Review
by Robbie Jones Of all the films affected by the pandemic, there is perhaps no film that has been messed around with more than No Time to Die. Getting delayed even before Covid threw a spanner in the works, Cary Fukunaga’s entry into the Bond canon has been pushed from release date to release date, with rumours of further delays cropping up as recently as … Continue reading No Time to Die – Brand New Trailer!
by Hamish Calvert Writer-director Sean Durkin’s sophomore film, The Nest begins with an exterior shot of the O’Hara family home in mid-eighties, suburban New York. The Canadian filmmaker tells us a lot with this one shot, which lingers just long enough for audiences to gain a good understanding of the characters they’re about to be introduced to. In the frame viewers see a detached house, … Continue reading The Nest – Review
by Ella Alalade Candyman is the stand-alone sequel to the 1992 Candyman, serving a chilling creep-fest. Nia DaCosta beautifully demonstrates how to make a psychological horror. A fresh yet classic take on making the audience focus on the systemic issues within deprived communities, but also how destiny or fate can take an ugly form. This film is set in Chicago, in the gentrified neighbourhood of … Continue reading Candyman – Review