Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Imagine if Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) had a sense of humour. I feel like maybe that was writer-director Joe Carnahan’s pitch to the studio. Or maybe he just said… imagine a deranged Toby Huss with a machine gun and a set of balloons, shooting up a police precinct. For those not in the know, Toby is best known from the superb TV show, Halt … Continue reading Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

True Detective: season 2 review

Whilst it’s incredibly easy to jump on the critical bandwagon and denounce the second season of True Detective as a confusing and unengaging flop, I feel that’s slightly unfair. It’s also unfair to constantly compare it to the first season. A season which, let’s face it, had little expectation, other than the fact it had a couple of A-listers in the lead roles. Yet delivered … Continue reading True Detective: season 2 review

Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Johnny Five is very much alive. Apologies to kids of the ’90s, this reference to the 1986 film Short Circuit will be lost on you. What I’m trying to say is that Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie doesn’t feel like it’s hugely treading new ground when it comes to exploring artificial intelligence, but it’s quite a fun experience nonetheless. We start with genius programmer Dion (Dev Patel) … Continue reading Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

Phase 2 of Ben Affleck’s career just keeps impressing. It probably started with Gone Baby Gone in 2006, which he wrote and directed. Then The Town in 2010, in which he starred and directed. He followed this with Argo in 2012, again, he starred and directed. In the same year he managed to fit in critically acclaimed film, Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder. He’s been … Continue reading Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

End of Watch takes in-car banter to new level

Is David Ayer more of a writer than a director? His writing credits include U-571 (once described as the most historically inaccurate film of all time), Training Day (a career high), S.W.A.T. (enjoyable but unmemorable), Harsh Times (great performance by Christian Bale) and End of Watch (his best yet?). It’s probably unfair to just say he’s a writer. As a director he began his career … Continue reading End of Watch takes in-car banter to new level