Author: Sam Tremayne

Movie review: War for the Planet of the Apes

You’d be forgiven for forgetting this is a predominately CGI fueled film. Watching Caesar and his shrewdness (look it up; ‘group of apes’) trudge along the barren wasteland of a former populated Earth, and facing the impossible odds of fighting off onslaughts of attacks from humans hell-bent of wiping their kind out is thrilling, entertaining and daresay… believable? It takes a grand total of about two minutes into War for the Planet of the Apes before you realise you’re rooting for the primates to win, but you knew that already if you’ve seen the other two movies in this...

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Movie review: Dunkirk

Beyond the measure of a movie, Dunkirk is a visual history lesson told through the lens of a cinematic genius in Christopher Nolan, who is rapidly growing a legendary status akin to Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, and rightly so. He is a modern day auteur, crafting visually spectacular epics whilst grounding the writing in reality and nuance. Whether it is for stories about feuding magicians, Batman, or in this case, 400,000 stranded soldiers on a beach in WWII, Nolan is the man for the job. A stickler for detail and realism, like Interstellar before it, Nolan has insisted...

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We review Spiderman: Homecoming

The Marvel logo flashes onto the screen after 20 minutes of trailers and ads in the cinema – pretty standard. It takes 30 seconds of intro to say ‘Look; you know what you’re in for by now’ and accompanying it is an epic, orchestral rendition of the Spiderman theme. Suddenly I’m 12 years old again and so ready for this movie! Finally, Peter Parker has come home to where he belongs – in the hands of reliable filmmakers. Previously a Sony exclusive property, someone there realised that Marvel is nailing every hero they portray, even Dr Strange and Guardians of...

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Movie Review: Baywatch

I heard it would terrible. I read it would be humourless. I felt it could be passable. What I saw is a mixture of that; disappointment and confusion. Once again a re-hashing of a TV show our parents watched has been turned into a modern movie in Baywatch, but, opposed to the runaway hit that was 21 Jump Street, this film is an example of what happens when your try-hard self-referential cash grab is blatant and overall, kind of sad. Baywatch is the story of a bunch of lifeguards who spend a lot less time actually watching the bay then they...

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We review Transformers 5: The Last Knight

How does one go about describing a Picasso painting? Sure they’re magnificent in the majesty of imagination and execution, but most of them are just a mixture of shapes and lines that form relative nothing-ness and yet we love them for the nuance and symbolism that the artworks evoke.  So how does one go about describing a Michael Bay film? Same kind of confused explosion of particles but instead of any meaningful impact, the end result looks like a baby has thrown his bowl of spaghetti on the floor. Enter Transformers 5: The Last Knight. Earth has become a...

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