Category: sci-fi

Alien: Covenant

2017 – USA/UK Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Guy Pearce Words: Nathan Scatcherd Alien Covenant is an alternately entertaining and irritating entry in the franchise; it hits all the beats you… Continue Reading “Alien: Covenant”

Prometheus

2012 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce Words: N. Scatcherd Prometheus is a film which, from its inception, seemed like it was being made up on the spot. It was… Continue Reading “Prometheus”

Phase IV

1974 Director: Saul Bass Starring: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick Words: Nathan Scatcherd The sole feature-length directorial credit of Saul Bass – the legendary visual artist who provided the opening credit sequences to Hitchcock classics Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho – Phase… Continue Reading “Phase IV”

Logan

2017 –  USA Director: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant Words: Nathan Scatcherd It’s been seventeen years since X-Men was released, and Hugh Jackman’s performance as everyone’s favourite adamantium-clawed mutant Wolverine catapulted the character… Continue Reading “Logan”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2016 – USA Director: Gareth Edwards Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelson  Words: S. Nix As the lights came back on at the end of the screening I attended, the rolling… Continue Reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Arrival

2016 – USA Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Words: C. Abbott Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming one of the most consistently brilliant and interesting filmmakers working today. Following the successes of Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario, this could be… Continue Reading “Arrival”

Star Trek Beyond

2016 – USA Director: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg Words: C. Abbott Since the reboot of the franchise was announced with J.J. Abrams at the helm, Star Trek has been… Continue Reading “Star Trek Beyond”

High-Rise

2015/ UK, Ireland, Belgium Director: Ben Wheatley Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremeny Irons, Sienna Miller Words: C. Abbott The latest work from director Ben Wheatley is one of his most obtuse and intriguing films thus far. It doesn’t quite fit into any pre-established narrative boxes… Continue Reading “High-Rise”

Midnight Special

2016/ USA Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Michael Shannon, Jaden Lieberher, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton Words: J. Wood There will come a time I feel in the not too distant future in which Jeff Nichols could well be considered the most important filmmaker… Continue Reading “Midnight Special”

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane – 2016 Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. Director: Dan Trachtenberg Words: R. Topham First thing’s first – do not go to see this movie expecting it to be a sequel to Cloverfield. It’s not. The only comparable… Continue Reading “10 Cloverfield Lane”