Apocalypto (2006) – Review

Set around the time of Mayan civilisation, a young man’s journey is followed after his peaceful tribe is forcefully attacked by strangers, who were seeking slaves and a large amount of people for human sacrifice. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) hides his wife and young son in a deep cave nearby, before being captured himself. He must then fight to survive and return to save his family. A massively successful Mel Gibson picture that centers around a subject that many filmmakers would try to avoid.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Lighthouse (2019) – Review

Two lighthouse keepers attempt to maintain their sanity while living on a remote, secluded and mysterious New England island in the 1890’s. For four weeks, the men will only have themselves for company, will they crack under the pressure of isolation and allow their tension and hatred towards each other to boil over? Definitely one of the finest cinema releases of 2019 and one that is definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Hunt (2012) – Review

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a hard-working teacher that lives a relatively lonely and peaceful life, while also battling for the custody of his teenage son. Things, however, take a dramatic turn, when one of the children he tutors decides to tell a small lie that consequently begins spreading around the close-knit Danish town where they reside. The Hunt, also known as Jagten, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video and boasts an 8.3 rating on IMDb.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Stowaway (2021) – Review

The highly trained crew of a spacecraft headed to Mars on a dangerous two-year mission, quickly learn that an accidental stowaway is also onboard with them, twelve-hours after takeoff. The crew are too far away from Earth to return to base, and with their own resources diminishing by the day, questions begin to arise regarding how each of the four people will finish the mission safely. Not quite as good as I had hoped and certainly not on the level of similar releases in the same genre, but watchable on the whole.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Andre the Giant (2018) – Review

Considered by many as one of the finest wrestling documentaries ever produced, this film delves into the life and career of professional wrestler, Andre the Giant (Andre Roussimoff), who gained popularity and stardom in the 1980’s, performing in the famous, squared circle. This documentary contains footage spanning over several decades, along with recent and up to date interviews with the people that knew the man himself. Originally released in 2018, this is a very striking and at times emotional tale that is a must watch for any wrestling enthusiast out there.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Ride or Die (2021) – Review

Rei Nagasawa (Kiko Mizuhara) is a woman that finds herself murdering the abusive husband of another woman that she’s been in love with for over ten years – Nanae Shinoda (Honami Sato). While on the run together after the murder, the pair rekindle their feelings and try to enjoy the last moments they have together, before their freedom is ultimately taken from them. An at times striking drama, filmed and captured in Japan, that has just been released to Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Young Guns 1 (1988) – Review

During the late 1800’s, John Tunstall (Terence Stamp) is a successful rancher that picks up young gunmen from the dark depths of despair and has them work on his large ranch, while also attempting to coach them back into becoming everyday citizens. When, however, he his gunned down by a rival rancher, all hell breaks loose, and the young men, spearheaded by Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), become deputies in an attempt to avenge the murder of their friend and mentor. An action-packed western, released in 1988, that is more than worth a watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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For a Few Dollars More (1965) – Review

Manco (Clint Eastwood) and Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) are two highly skilled bounty hunters that decide to forge a partnership to take down not only a western outlaw on the run, but his entire posse, to claim the exceptionally large reward on offer. During the mission, however, one of the two bounty hunters showcases his true intentions and meaning for this dangerous chase. Another classic Clint Eastwood western that has received a lot of praise since its original release in 1965.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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