Review – ‘Evil Eye’ Has No Vision

Adapted from the Audible play of the same name by Madhuri Shekar, Jason Blum welcomes a new Horror-Thriller Evil Eye to Amazon as part of their ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse collection’. This film joins the latest releases alongside both Nocturne and Black Box.  In Evil Eye, we follow a mother and daughter, Usha (Sarita Choudhury) and Pallavi (Sunita Mani) respectively, and the events surrounding how their relationship deteriorates when a handsome stranger, Sandeep (Omar Maskati), … Continue reading Review – ‘Evil Eye’ Has No Vision

Review – ‘Dick Johnson is Dead’: the Power of Father and Daughter in the Face of Doom and Gloom

How do you document something that hasn’t happened yet? Most documentaries are about what happened right there – at that moment – in that space. Yet, how do you make a documentary about an event that will happen? How about someone’s death? With Dick Johnson is Dead, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) invites us into the life of her father, Richard “Dick” Johnson as he approaches the tipping point in his battle with … Continue reading Review – ‘Dick Johnson is Dead’: the Power of Father and Daughter in the Face of Doom and Gloom

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 6 (Meet Me in Daegu)

In the sixth episode of Lovecraft Country, we head back in time on another detour from Leti (Jurnee Smollett), Tic (Jonathan Majors) and Montrose’s (Michael K Williams) encounter with the Braithwhite clan. In Meet me in Daegu, we gain expository information for the cliffhanger presented in Strange Case as we are introduced to Ji-Ah (Jamie Chung), a nurse amid the Korean War. She forms a strong relationship with Tic … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 6 (Meet Me in Daegu)

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 5 (Strange Case)

[This review contains mild spoilers] After a spelunkingly adventurous fourth episode, with entertaining results, Lovecraft Country’s fifth instalment – Strange Case – builds on the events of Montrose’s actions as well as focusing on Letitia’s (Jurnee Smollett) sister, Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku). I am delighted to say that this episode might be the best of the series so far. There’s an emotional core to this hour, and it is filled … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 5 (Strange Case)

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 4 (A History of Violence)

If Lovecraft Country’s last venture had more in common with a haunted house flick, this week’s episode (A History of Violence) is more Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones than anything else … but that’s not necessarily a bad thing perhaps. With adventurous beats, yet still retaining a handful of horrific moments, Lovecraft Country continues delivering scenes ripped straight from a pulp comic strip. Unfortunately, the pressing, and essential, question that audiences will be … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 4 (A History of Violence)

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 3 (Holy Ghost)

After a confusing, and bloated second episode, Lovecraft Country returns to familiar form in a ghoulish fashion. Deploying some usual methods of haunted house hocus pocus, Holy Ghost deals with the hard-hitting fallout of last episode’s bombastic finale, bringing us back to a Chicago entrenched in bigotry. After purchasing a property (which looks like something straight out of an R.L Stine novel), Letitia Lewis (Jurnee Smollett) aims to house people who … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 3 (Holy Ghost)

Review – ‘The New Mutants’ is Comically Dreadful

Two years, ten months, and eighteen days. That’s the exact amount of time it’s been since the first trailer for Josh Boone’s The New Mutants dropped on YouTube. A myriad of delays, reshoots – and what a lot of people would label ‘production hell’ – kept this extension of the Fox X-Men Universe unseen from the public eye for what seemed like a millennium. Finally, after so long, The New Mutants has … Continue reading Review – ‘The New Mutants’ is Comically Dreadful

Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 2 (Whitey’s on the Moon)

Triumphantly walking a line between ‘Jim Crow Era Drama’ and a ‘Science Fiction Adventure’, last week’s introductory of Lovecraft Country hit viewers with a bang of thematic exploration. It’s an impressive initial step into a system of cosmic terror, one with substantial entertainment value balanced alongside a consistent, potent, story.  Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the series’ sophomore endeavour: “Whitey’s on the Moon”. The principal issue … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft Country’: Episode 2 (Whitey’s on the Moon)

Review – ‘Lovecraft County’: Episode 1 (Sundown)

It is no secret that the USA was notoriously built on the backs of black slaves. The systemic racism that persists in America today is historically enforced, and complimentary, to the supernatural monsters we encounter in the first episode of Lovecraft Country. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, this series, fresh from HBO’s ever-expanding catalogue, is produced for the small screen by Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out) alongside J.J Abrams (Super … Continue reading Review – ‘Lovecraft County’: Episode 1 (Sundown)

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Aunty Donna’

Are you feeling bored in quarantine? Need a good laugh? More and more people are looking for quick bursts of humour amid this miserable pandemic, and sketch-comedy might just provide the solution. From That Mitchell and Web Look and Key & Peele to The Fast Show and Monty Python¸ sketch comedy is one of the funniest and most reliable forms of rib-tickling entertainment available. Absurdist … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Aunty Donna’

Great Stories, Structures, and Science

Telling a great story. It is, quite honestly, the worst. From talking to your mates at the bar about the drama that happened on the weekend, to writing woeful tales about monsters and merfolk, great stories happen every day, across the globe, in every corner of the human world. Stories have existed as long as humans have been living in groups. Some call this ‘tribal … Continue reading Great Stories, Structures, and Science

Breaking Down the Mythological Influence in ‘The Lighthouse’

The below article contains spoilers for The Lighthouse (2019). Cinema is no stranger to the influence of various legends, fables, and myths told throughout historical time. Many ancient stories have been retold in a cloak of modernity, or, under the guises of different characters, genres, settings, and mediums. For example, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus and Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus are two … Continue reading Breaking Down the Mythological Influence in ‘The Lighthouse’