At Eternity’s Gate review – A Beautifully Impulsive Study of Vincent Van Gogh

Julian Schnabel is one of the worlds greatest contemporary artists, a neo-expressionist. A style of late-modernist or early-postmodern painting and sculpture defined by subjectivity and rough application of materials. This is critical to understanding the vision of Schnabel, At Eternity’s Gate is told through the perspective of Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) and like his paintings it’s…

Alita: Battle Angel review – Beautiful, Ambitious and Spectacular

James Cameron’s baby has finally arrived and it sure is good. Full of warmth and heart Robert Rodriguez ably crafts a fantastical world. Beautiful in all its devastation. A high-concept Sci-fi fantasy-romance that leaves you with a sense of awe and love for the world created. Alita (Rosa Salazar) is brutal, adventurous and loving –…

The Mule review – Clint Eastwood’s Sly Return

Clint Eastwood returns to the screen for the first time in years. He is back directing and acting at the age of 88 in this well paced study of an elderly drug mule. An entertaining-nuanced crime caper that focuses on a man whose family and life is slowly decaying, minute by minute. Typically in films…

Cold Pursuit review – A Hilarious Genre-Breaking Thriller

Liam Neeson has got a little tiring recently, constantly playing the same character over and over. The Commuter was underwhelming, but it must be said I have a love for the Taken franchise and I’ll watch anything he is in. Going into Cold Pursuit I had no idea what to expect as the marketing was…

Velvet Buzzsaw review – What is Art? Dan Gilroy Doesn’t Know

Growing up with a father being a Professor of Art I have been naturally brought up in galleries surrounded by the type of people depicted in this film, supposedly. I am friends with Turner Prize winners, aspiring artists and collectors – the whole lot. The film takes a limp swing to accomplish an established idea…

Escape Room review – A Nifty and Smartly Woven Concept

Adam Robitel began last year with ‘Insidious: The Last Key’, which proved to be a disappointment although elements of promise shined through it fell into cliche upon cliche. Now, Robitel is back to start off 2019 with ‘Escape Room’, an utter surprise. With the growing trend of escape rooms it is only fitting a film…

Destroyer review – Nicole Kidman shines in a Scorched Crime Thriller

Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller is a darkened study that dabbles in film noir. Set in Los Angeles this film intellectually crafts the break down of an undercover cop dealing with family troubles, armed robberies and murder cases. Nicole Kidman is Erin Bell, a damaged worn-down detective. Stalked with tragedy she now drinks, stumbles and rubs…

Ben’s BEST Scenes of 2018 in Film

I have chosen a total of 20 scenes looking back and going through the films I watched. Every single one of these scenes were clear standouts and truly effected me in one way or another. I have ranked the 20 scenes but it must be stressed the ranking is purely for the article and I…