Film Review: Cloverfield

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I can still remember vividly the first time I watched Cloverfield. I’d been given it by my brother as a present and, not being a large horror fan had put off watching it for one reason or another for a long, long time, until one sleepless night, I ended up lying in bed watching it on my laptop PC.

I also remember, coming away from that initial viewing wondering why I’d been so stupid to put it off for so long. In Cloverfield I found a movie that simply blew me away, it was implausible yet profound, scary yet entertaining and I fell asleep afterwards having expected a cheap and tacky movie about alien invasions and instead, come away having found what I thought was a potential little gem. A tale that really shook me by the rawness of it all. Read more

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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There aren’t many films that run through a franchise for the length of time that Planet of the Apes has, in fact aside from James Bond and a potential nod towards Superman, I’m struggling to really think of any film that has repetitively returned to the big screen over such a lengthy time frame.

Granted, the apes have taken their fair time to evolve, first appearing in 1968 and then only fleeting appearing until the recent surge in activity, but their roots are firmly laid and referenced throughout the cinematic history. I remember though that this latest reincarnation of the story, starting with The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, left me somewhat cold. And sadly, once again I’ve come away from this feeling I’ve been let down. Read more