Video Review: The Christmas Chronicle

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Review: Krampus Origins

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 1st November 2018.

Even by the miserable standards of other Folkloric characters, Krampus has a particularly wretched cinematic legacy. On second thought, ‘’cinematic’’ might not be the most appropriate term for his outings. After all, whilst the festive menace has certainly appeared in his fair share of films, he’s only graced multiplex screens on one occasion. This was for Michael Dougherty’s supremely enjoyable, 2015 Horror-Comedy, Krampus, which can be distinguished as ‘’the only proper one’’.

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Why Hollywood’s Unhealthy Obsession With Movie Ratings Needs to End

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This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 13 October 2018.

From a sanitised Die Hard sequel to an R-rated Star Trek, when it comes to ratings Hollywood is incapable of leaving well enough alone.

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Why There’s Still Hope for Netflix’s Disenchantment

This was originally published at Metro on 22nd September 2018.

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that The Simpsons was a bonafide classic from the moment that it aired its premier episode. According to this popular narrative, everything that we love about Matt Groening’s seminal creation was in place from minute one: including the iconic characters; the witty writing; the ingenious scenarios and of course, the edgy humour. In fact, the general consensus seems to deny that there were any teething problems whatsoever. Instead, fans posit that it was only later on – after the property had been milked for all its work- that things began to fall apart.

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Review: Upgrade

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 4th September 2018.

As the mastermind behind several modestly-funded hits, like Insidious and the early Saw movies, Leigh Whannel has repeatedly proven that you don’t need the resources of a Hollywood Blockbuster in order to thrill audiences. Continue reading

Review: Extinction

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 25th August 2018. 

 

Accusing a film of delivering ‘’too little too late’’ is one of the most depressing criticisms that you can issue as a critic because it essentially implies that there is merit located somewhere, but unfortunately any such potential has been smothered beneath a viscous sludge of inadequacy. Continue reading