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Lawless Review

“I’m a Bondurant. We don’t lay down for nobody”.

Much like his famed western, The Proposition, Hillcoat’s latest film displaces the conventional setting of the genre. While his previous film presented Australian history with the genre codes of the traditional western, Lawless occurs decades after the typical western setting, but once again indirectly, but deliberately criticises America’s past. Continue reading Lawless Review

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Stranger Than Fiction Review

“Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words”.

Rudyard Kipling believed that “words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” and it’s this thought-provoking sentiment that’s at the heart of Stranger Than Fiction. Zach Helm’s screenplay is unique and intelligent, boasting many mind-blowing similarities to Charlie Kaufman and Christopher Nolan. The most remarkable aspect of Helm’s narrative is that he treats the outlandish fantasy concept with such realism that it becomes easily accepted, allowing the central romance to take control. Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction Review

The Cabin in the Woods Review

If you go into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise

Joss Whedon and debut director Drew Goddard have embarked on creating a unique horror experience that, much like Scream (1996), pays homage to the traditional form of the genre, whilst critiquing the tired conventions of its contemporary equivalent.The Cabin in the Woods reflects the originality Whedon fulfilled with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it is so typical of him to bring a refreshing approach to a genre that has been done to a repeated, rather grizzly death. Continue reading The Cabin in the Woods Review