Tag Archives: Andrew MacKay

Blog: All Things Film – Friend Request (2016) Reviewed

I suppose it was inevitable that last year’s Unfriended may spawn some copycat thriller/horror movies. Now that I’ve delved (albeit not too deep) I discover that Friend Request could well have been made before Unfriended and has been sitting on the distribution shelf for a while. It’s not hard to see why. Friend Request does for horror, what any idiotic ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Eye in the Sky (2016) Reviewed

Really, this should be re-titled “Good Kill 2” as it’s basically the exact same film that starred Ethan Hawke undergoing some severe traumatic interludes as he’s manning the trigger on the drone that’s going to wipe out a bunch of Brown people. Here, the action is set in Nairobi where a group of terrorists are busy strapping suicide vests to ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Eddie the Eagle (2016) Reviewed

Could it possibly be that director Dexter Fletcher is the one British director who’s not had a faultless movie on his resume? First Wild Bill, then Sunshine on Leith and now Eddie the Eagle. At this rate, Fletcher’s next film will earn him Best Director at the Oscars and, if the trend continues thereafter, perhaps his fifth film will cure ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Bastille Day (2016) Reviewed

Proving that a crime thriller always works better with a black/white protagonist duo, Bastille Day runs its 92 minute gauntlet like a widow with severe learning difficulties, panting and clutching its chest before tripping over the finish line. The film will have exhausted every single tried and tested cliche from this genre before finally waving the white flag. I am ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Criminal (2016) – Reviewed

Surely a film starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot has to be better than this? Sure enough, Reynolds is reduced to an extended cameo as his CIA agent character is killed as he’s trying to track down some money. Michael Pitt turns up as a Russian terrorist who’s able to launch missiles and ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Where to Invade Next (2016) Reviewed

Having been a massive fan of the even-massiver Michael Moore and his early work (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine) and, seeing as his last cinematic effort was six years ago with the ‘running-on-steam’ Capitalism: A love Story, I was wondering when we’d see the next production from Michael Moore. In Where to Invade Next, the somewhat predictably cloy and ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Reviewed

I’ll say nothing about this film’s final act, other than the fact that it does an expert job of totally destroying any goodwill mustered up by director Dan Trachtenberg’s reasonably skillful psychological Room-esque thriller that came before it. For the most part, this is a decent enough psycho-thriller that is as much of a victim of a release date coming ... Read More »