The Void is a independent Canadian horror that valiantly attempts to blend B-Movie subject matter with an art-house mentality. Bravely taking cues from an eclectic menagerie of influences; including John Carpenter, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Lucio Fulci and even 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film tries to merge a simple creature-feature premise, with an inter-dimensional narrative concerned with the hefty themes of life, death and existentialism.
I want to open this review with a small disclaimer. You see, as is no-doubt the case for many, Steven Spielberg is the person who made me fall in love with films. Indeed, my earliest memory is of watching Jurassic Park on VHS (at least I assume it was on VHS, it is a very early memory) and since then almost every image from that film has been permanently ingrained on my mind, fuelling my subsequent passion for cinema, blockbusters, and also my unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs. I still really like all three of those things.
Anyway my point is, like every fanboy, I love Spielberg. Of course he’s recently become a bit hit-and-miss, and since the dawn of 21st century he’s only directed a handful of truly great films. Still, even the weakest Spielberg films have something worth championing and shouting about, yes, even the one with Shia LaBeouf and the monkeys
This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on Feburary 8th.
Directorial comebacks are rarely as exciting as Ridley Scott’s The Martian. More often than not, they just gently assure us that maybe our old favourites haven’t totally lost their touch, but they’re rarely of the same caliber as the older stuff. In Scott’s case however, he’s managed to not only prove that he’s still got it, but also deliver one of his best films yet. Continue reading