Category Archive: 2017

THE DEATH OF STALIN [2017]

Barring the inimitable Dr. Strangelove, The Death of Stalin is perhaps the funniest comic political recreation in history. It succeeds in taking the death of a leader and turning it into a comic… Continue reading

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES [2017]

An interesting experience, this film successfully depicts the intentional rebellious nature of Punk Rock while blending it within a fantasy film and a love story. Perhaps the only drawback is the lack of… Continue reading

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) [2017]

An interesting take on the refugee crisis that is sweeping Europe, this Finnish film manages to insert deadpan comedy within a complex drama about a man who has made it to Finland from… Continue reading

JOURNEY’S END [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Trench warfare has rarely been depicted in such a rough, emotional and visceral way. World War II seems to be the popular choice for war films, that or the… Continue reading

MUDBOUND [2017]

Unfortunately messages like this need to be a part of blockbuster superhero films, as an emotional drama simply doesn’t appeal to the masses. Sad, but the reality we live in. Mudbound starts slow… Continue reading

SHORT FILM: The Mountain of SGaana [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com The Mountain of SGaana starts with a fisherman buried in his phone, until he sees the ‘mouse woman’, a character from Haida mythology, who begins to knit a spiritual… Continue reading

ZOO [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Based on a true story circa early 1940’s Belfast, fictionalised to make for a family movie, Zoo centres around Tom, a young teen whose father has left home to… Continue reading

SWEET COUNTRY [2017]

In what could be labelled as an Outback Western, Warwick Thornton’s second foray into directing after making a splash with Samson and Delilah in 2009- another film revolving around Aboriginal struggles- is again… Continue reading

BRIGSBY BEAR [2017]

Slightly borrowing a concept from other films, this is a story founded in a world of fantasy, much like James’ favourite show, Brigsby Bear. But no one he meets has heard of his… Continue reading

THOR: RAGNAROK [2017]

2017 has seen two superhero films that I actually enjoyed. Considering that apart from The Watchmen, I’ve never enjoyed one of these films on any level, this seems quite the achievement. Even better,… Continue reading