The Death Of Stalin

The Death of Stalin
Director: Armando Lannucci 

Release Date: 20th October 2017
eOne Films

Here we are with the best comic book adaptation of the year. The Death of Stalin is exactly what one could expect from satirist Armando Lannucci, taking pieces of history and showing just what may have been behind those closed doors. Chaos, greed, and maybe just a little more chaos as men in power show their true colours. Shit bags the lot of ’em.
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Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi

Release Date: 27th October 2017
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

The Marvel machine never rests, it probably doesn’t even blink, so here we are with the third film in the ‘Verse this year. Though something is a little different, for it seems director Taika Waititi has been sticking things in the machine. And so in a glorious explosion of neon, synth, and Jeff Goldblum, here we are embracing Ragnarok. It’s a good mess to be in. Continue reading

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Release Date: 13th October 2017
BreakThru Productions 

To tell a story about an artist, you have to put the art to the forefront, let it leak out of the canvas to really make us understand. Loving Vincent does just this, the work of Vincent Van Gogh coating everything in his brushes and strokes, a rotoscoped wonder stitching 130 of the artist’s paintings into fully lived in, breathing frames of noir. Though whilst each picture can paint a thousand words, Loving Vincent also likes to add a few more.
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Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve

Release Date: 6th October 2017
Sony Pictures Releasing 

Drawn out gaps of time between things is usually a no no, a big one at that. Bands return sounding like tribute acts, and movies return with all that classic atmosphere sucked into a vacuum and dumped into a producer’s waste basket. Blade Runner was a thing 35 years ago, and this is a continuation perhaps no sane cinephile wanted. But sometimes, yes, we just don’t know what it is we want. Sanity is an overrated part of humanity, really.
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Mother!

Mother!
Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: 15th September 2017
Paramount Pictures

The latest Darren Aronofsky head-trip is a film about motherhood as one should expect, but it’s also about everyone and everything else. It’s a film which packs it into one house till it starts to creak. And when it falls apart, well, it was always meant to. Naturally, it takes a mother to ensure that even amongst the rubble there is still a sense of control. !
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It

It
Director: Andy Muschietti

Release Date: 8th September 2017
Warner Bros. Pictures 

As a child, the movie It scared the hell out of me. My Aunt loved putting horror films on during the day, apparently I insisted, I probably did. We watched zombie movies, satanic movies, alien movies, ghostly movies, and one of those films was It. Of course Tim Curry freaked me out, isn’t that what he does?, and of course It followed me around for many years. It was down alleys, in the shower, under the bed… It was wherever my mind could conjure it. So of course, what impact does the 2017 rendition of the scary clown movie have on those who once faced it in the sewage waters of the past?
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