Monthly Archives: Jul 2020

L’Immortale (2019) – Review

After Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore) finds himself slowly sinking into the waters of Naples, he is miraculously found alive and taken to land by several apprehensive fishermen, before memories start to emerge of his time as a youngster and prominent rise in the crime world. A highly anticipated and much talked about movie that is based on an Italian hit television show – a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Silence (2016) – Review

When two Portuguese Jesuit’s insist on trekking to the treacherous land of Japan in an attempt to find their previous mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) – a man rumoured to have abandoned his Catholic faith – they begin their dangerous quest to uncover answers, while stumbling across a countless number of difficulties along the way. A beautifully made film that will appeal to some, more than others.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Session 9 (2001) – Review

When a skilled crew of asbestos workers land a job in an abandoned mental hospital, things quickly become more complex than originally anticipated. Upon beginning to rush their original job, the horrific past of the hospital starts unfolding, leaving the crew with mixed emotions. A somewhat exciting premise that starts promising but never really leaves its mark. Session 9 is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
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Hostiles (2017) – Review

When the American war hero, Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) is instructed to escort an ageing Cheyenne chief and his family to his ancestral home in Montana’s Valley of the Bears, things quickly become strained when a widow, Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike), attaches herself to the group after her family are savagely attacked by a destructive group of prowling Comanches who are still causing chaos. Another terrific modern-day western that managed to boast an effective and diverse cast.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Everest (2015) – Review

This spectacular movie follows Robert Edwin Hall (Jason Clarke), who in May 1996, started his final ascent towards the summit of Mount Everest – the highest point on Earth – with his team in tow. When they find themselves faced with challenging weather conditions, however, his team must join forces with Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his crew to ensure they have a better chance of survival in the hazardous and potentially deadly circumstances put to them. It’s worth noting that this review was based solely on the movie I watched at the time and not the true story it was based off.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Vertigo (1958) – Review

When a police detective, John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart), is forced to retire from the force due to personal reasons, he quickly becomes embroiled in an obsession for two beautiful women in quick succession. After the first seemingly commits suicide, he attempts to transform the second into the same lady, while pondering whether the pair have some sort of spiritual connection or not. Another classic Alfred Hitchcock review but for me, this didn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of Rear Window – more on that later.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Review

An elderly Sheriff, along with his deputy, acquire a posse to hunt down and rescue their own town’s people after a group of cannibalistic “Troglodytes” cause chaos in Bright Hope and capture innocent citizens along the way. One of those captured was the wife of a local rancher, who consequently joins the gang on the hunt for revenge, despite a heavily injured leg. Enlisting with the trio is also an experienced, and equally as confident, gunslinger who felt partially responsible for the events that took place in the town. An at times entertaining thrill ride that takes a different approach to modern day westerns.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Arctic (2018) – Review

A man stranded in the Arctic sees a helicopter in the distance, that looks set to rescue him from the dire situation he finds himself in, but suddenly the chopper crashes, and there’s only one surviving person onboard. From then on, Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen), must ensure not only his own survival, but the survival of the crash victim, who is badly injured. Leaving the relative safety of his improvised home, he embarks on a potentially fatal trek through the Arctic, in a bid to find support for them both. A movie that sends you effortlessly through a mixture of emotions and is definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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