Dragonslayer, gender and the myth of the so-called “guilty pleasure”
Cruella is a heck of a lot of fun, and even at 134-minutes it still managed to keep my full attention for the most of its epic running time.
Writer and director John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II hits the ground running, quickly reminding viewers how Evelyn and her children survived as well as the stakes involved if any of them takes a single misplaced step.
The Retreat is another refresher on the cinematic rule that taking a holiday break at a secluded cabin in the woods is never a good idea. Awful things are bound to happen.
I cannot say The Djinn did much for me. Its malevolent spell sadly doesn’t last, and if I had one wish for Charbonier and Powell, it’s that for the next magic trick they conjure up to be something a bit more imaginatively unique.
For all the talk that Spiral was going to take things in a new direction, even with A-list stars like Rock and Jackson on hand for the ride this film still follows a template so similar to the original series it ends up being less of a spin-off or a reboot and more a random ninth entry in the franchise.
Wrath of Man is an ambitious head-scratcher, and whether that’s a recommendable compliment or an indictable offense I leave it up to you to decide.
From Mascara to Boys Don’t Cry, the films that shape us are always a surprise
“What I would really like is for audiences to spend an hour and 40 minutes with these characters and feel close to them. To look at them on the screen and relate in ways they are not expecting.”
– Ben Sharrock