Author: Joseph Muldoon-Hall

Review: It (2017)

This is not a term I throw around for the heck of it, but Stephen King’s latest big screen adaptation, It, is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. With plenty of jumps and scares and an overall tense atmosphere, director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has perfected the art of modern horror cinema…

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Review: The Machinist

Director Brad Anderson (The Call, Session 9) truly has created a masterfully tense psychological thriller that is worthy of appraisal. The story follows Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) who is an insomniac machinist and hasn’t slept in a year and gradually begins to doubt his sanity. He grows romantically attached to a local prostitute and makes friends with his waitress who serves him coffee nightly and the film documents his bizarre life as he recovers confusing memories and is stalked by the menacing and mysterious Ivan (John Sharian). Is all what it seems? With one of the biggest plot twists of its type since Fight Club, The Machinist remains a criminally underrated film and is recommended for all psychological thriller fans around. This isn’t the first time Bale has played a mentally unstable character, with his triumphant role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho gracing our screens since 2000. Due to a typing error, Bale underwent a horrific body shape change, which had his weight plummet from 181 to an alarming 121 pounds, which shocked cinema audiences everywhere, with Bale’s almost skeletal appearance. Luckily, within 6 weeks, he gained enough wait to get him into shape to audition for Batman for Batman Begins (2006). There is definitely a lot of replay value in this film and it is worth watching back just to appreciate clues and hints scattered throughout the...

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Review: Despicable Me 3

Gru (Steve Carell) and the gang are back for a third venture in the Despicable Me series, but this time Gru is a good guy! How times change! Gru and new partner Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are fired from their job working to stop super villains by the strict and unpopular new boss and Gru sets about looking for a new job. However, Gru is approached by an old man who explains that Gru has a long lost brother, Dru, who lived with his father whilst Gru lived with his mother for his whole life. Dru and Gru meet and in no time, they’re the best of friends in this heartwarming film, whilst Lucy is meanwhile trying to bond with her new stepdaughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Nev Scharrel). Dru reveals that his father talked a lot of Gru’s super villain days and wants to team up for one final criminal heist to take down the main antagonist, ’80s obsessed ex-child TV star Balthazar Bratt, and retrieve a precious diamond from him. Of course, as is the case with all films in this series, things constantly go wrong throughout the film and there are many laughable moments. Unfortunately, the third entry in the series is the weakest of the series but enjoyable all the same, and not just for children! What the film lacks overall is...

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Review: Urban Legend

Jared Leto leads the cast as Paul Gardener, an aspiring American college journalist, in this thoroughly enjoyable and fun slasher horror. If you’re familiar with classic urban legends, this film will certainly appeal to you and you’ll be reliving your childhood of sharing legends with your friends in no time. The story follows a college campus and after a young lady is found dead in her car, rumours start flying that there is a killer on the loose, reenacting urban legends and dispatching victims in ways identical to the legends. Is this just a rumour or is there actually a psychotic killer on the loose? Leto believes so and with the assistance of Natalie (Alicia Witt), begins to gather information for the biggest scoop of his life, though against the wishes of the college faculty. Look out for horror icon Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street series, Hatchet, etc.) as the mysterious Professor Wexler in a standout performance. Though the film is very fun to watch and has a lot of replay value, the plot becomes increasingly predictable towards the end, however the final 2 twists will shock some of the most seasoned horror fans. Definitely one to watch at Halloween....

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Review: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Few films touch so bleakly upon matters such as psychiatry as Milos Forman’s masterful ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ does. Nicholson’s stunning lead role as a criminal pleading insanity in order to evade conviction is one made in heaven. It’s of no wonder that Nicholson won 8 awards for Best Actor for his role (including an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe etc.). When you consider that the film was released in 1975, the film has aged remarkably well, being over 40 years old, especially as the film is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 best-selling novel. ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ tells the story of a criminal, R.P. McMurphy (Nicholson), who runs into trouble with the law again and so pleads insanity so he can be submitted to a mental institution, where he finds that the patients live in fear of the oppressive Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and so McMurphy encourages rebellion within the institution, much to the distaste of the staff. With an utterly devastating conclusion to this harrowing film, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ proves to be one of the greatest films of all time and shall remain a timeless classic. What the film does teach you, other than the fact that you should check if your patients are insane before submitting them, is that rebellion should be embraced in every aspect of life....

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