Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review – Del Toro’s Shiver-inducing and Melancholic Tale of Horror

As the film says, "tell me a story", a good one - this film sure does. Guillermo Del Toro's touch is felt in this terrifically horrifying horror, with Del Toro's usual beautiful use of melancholy mixed with horror. With little stereotypical jump scares, Scary Stories succeeds in creating atmosphere and getting your spine tingling. Directed…

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Pain and Glory review – Almodóvar’s Sublime Picture of Cinematic Mastery

Perhaps one of the most sublime works of recent years, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film is incredibly touching and intimate. It follows an aging film director who struggles with depression, addiction and how to move on. "Without film-making my life is meaningless,” says Bandaras' Salvador Mallo, who is some-what of a reflection on Almodóvar himself. The…

Crawl review – Tense, Gator-filled Mishmash

Alexandre Aja has teamed up with Sam Raimi for this tense, gator-filled thriller. Some-what ludicrous, this film centres around a daughter and father who find themselves stuck in a hurricane unlike no other, everything is flooded and CGI gators are everywhere, I'm talking everywhere in capitals. The Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario stars alongside Saving Private…

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review – Tarantino’s Masterpiece of Pure Cinema Intoxication

Words do no service to the absurdly high-level of talent seen, and in a defining sentence: pure cinema is what is seen in Tarantino's ninth feature. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, backed by a stellar supporting cast, all individually worthy of the highest praise. There is something beguiling in the feeling…

Dora and the Lost City of Gold review – A Delightful and Joyous Journey

In the ongoing spew of live-action remakes, the next comes an adaptation of 'Dora the Explorer' from Paramount and Nickelodeon. Beginning with the opening scene, the tone is set with a self-reflexive quality noting a clear parallel to the cartoon series. Dora regularly talks to the camera, whilst her parents are bewildered and chock it…

The Western – A Forgotten Genre: A Review of the Very Best

The western is one of cinema's finest genres. It has become some-what clear in the passing years that the western is not perhaps at the height of what it used to be (in terms of success and buzz, not quality). So, this article is dedicated to my personal love of the western genre. I will…

Annabelle Comes Home review – Mckenna Grace Shines in this Terrifyingly Atmospheric Horror

Annabelle has had two films prior, Comes Home marks the third outing of the now-iconic-doll. This film is terrifying, sweat will seep through the paws of your skin and shoot right out from scare to scare. Not only is it an effective horror, but a very well-made film that is crafted to build tension and…

Midsommar review – Ari Aster’s Beautifully Nightmarish Fairytale

Coming off of last year's Hereditary, Ari Aster had everyone anticipating his second feature film, Midsommar has finally arrived and it is devilishly disturbing. Midsommar is a fairytale about the impossible extent of grief, the struggles of codependency and a Wizard of Oz-like twist on Swedish-traditions. There is a clear comparison that can be made…

Never Look Away review – A Masterpiece of Luminous Beauty

Inspired upon the history of artist Gerhard Richter and Joseph Buoys, Never Look Away is a fiction routed in reality, in which fiction is enhanced by reality. Never Look Away is a masterpiece of overwhelming beauty and lustrous storytelling. It tells a story that could've been, about Germany, about life, about art. The film is…

Ben’s Mid-Season AWARDS Ballot – Best of 2019 in Film

As I do every year and a lot of others do, I track awards-season nominees throughout the whole year. As we approach the half-way point, this article will highlight my favourites in the awards-season categories, if I were to vote right now. Film is subjective and its always intriguing seeing others’ opinions on what you…