Reel Opinions Podcast: Episode 6- Arrival Spoilers and American Werewolf Remake

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This Week in Gaming

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on November 2nd.

Something a little different to kick off this week. But have no fear, fans of my pretentious pontificating, ‘different’ doesn’t mean that I wont be able to rant about it. November 3rd sees the release of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, a pointless pile of wank that allows you to reassign button inputs and pressure sensitivity… even though most games let you do that on their own menus anyway. Continue reading

Review: The Town that Dreaded Sundown

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on March 29th. 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown, is a meta- sequel/remake, to the 1976 slasher horror film of the same name. Truthfully exactly what it is, is never entirely clear. Nor is it particularly clear what the film’s intention exactly is. Is it trying to be clever? Is it aiming to deconstruct the slasher genre? Is it a comment on spectatorship? Precisely why is every other shot at a canted angle? All of these questions and more, will be in no way answered by viewing the film itself. Continue reading

Review: 50 Shades of Grey

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This was originally published at The Edge SUSU On March 1st 2015. 

Based on E. L. James’ monstrously successful erotic romance novel of the same name, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s filmic adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has at long last arrived and it’s just awful. Truly horrible. Continue reading

Review (Part 2): The Pyramid

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on December 15th 2014. 

The Pyramid is a found footage farce that words can only fail to articulate. It tells the story of some archaeologists and a documentary crew, who investigate a pyramid that, for reasons scarily explained, is really special and apparently different from any other pyramid. The narrative messily tangles together something about a curse, a virus and a hell of a lot of darkness.If you were expecting a more coherent plot synopsis, don’t – the film won’t clue you in anymore than that just did. The found footage aesthetic is inconsistent, to say the least. It’s one of those found footage films which manages to stick to a pretense of coming from primarily one camera, whilst simultaneously having multiple lines of action edited together, a musical score and… an aerial shot from space. Continue reading

Comment: Have you tried ‘Endurance Test Cinema’?

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on Feburary 15th.

With awards season upon us it is easy to get lost in the mad rush to see as many of the “must see”, award worthy films that are coming our way. And I, like many others I’m sure, take pride in seeing as many acclaimed films as I can so that I can feel somewhat intelligent and sophisticated. Or I guess you could say, so that I can feel a smug sense of self satisfaction because I’ve seen the big important films that I was supposed to. But it occurs to me that really, anyone could do that. Anyone can watch 12 Years a Slave and justify its artistic merit, or watch the latest Scorsese and revel in its stylish glory. But you know what takes strength Sitting through Movie 43, or watching the latest Kevin James… “comedy”. Continue reading