Tag Archives: Patrick Stewart

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

In an interview with Polygon, director Sam Raimi said he hopes audiences can “use their imagination” when they step into his first Marvel outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That is unheard of for the series of near-30 features so far. Another plunge into the usual formula time and time again, relying more and more on the simple tactics that have conned people into wanting the same thing over and over. More power to those who can trick audiences into trickling cash into an unchanging, unmoving product for the emotionally deficient. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soon boils down to pop-culture jabs, cameo-stuffed filler roles for the friends of Raimi (a wasted Bruce Campbell role is offered up) and the inevitable crossover of product fighting products looking to destroy some vague entity. Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

Continue reading Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

Lifeforce Review

Oozing 80s sci-fi charm out of every corner, Lifeforce is a tremendous effort from Texas Chain Saw Massacre director, Tobe Hooper. Vampires, zombies, and horror galore, there’s a lot to digest with this film, primarily because of how out there it is. A loud, rambunctious film that throws logic and science out the window, replacing it with visuals and editing choices that look to riff on the technological advancements this decade saw. It does so with a real knack for the genre, we should expect no less than Hooper, a man who clearly understands his craft and has a clear intention in mind. His free reign and blessing from producers to make a loose adaptation of a book barely anyone has read is fascinating, and Lifeforce conflates the 80s aesthetic with the 60s pastiche.

Continue reading Lifeforce Review

Dune Review

My many differences with the style of director David Lynch make it rather difficult to enjoy some of his earlier movies. The nuances and zany freak show that is Eraserhead falls on deaf ears for me, not entirely latching onto his creepy visuals and methods behind the camera. I find myself enjoying his more conventional films, not because I dislike unconventional creativity, but because I like a bit of structure and meaning to the movies I watch. It’s why I feel The Elephant Man is his best work to date, a film that provides an already established, real-world story, that just so happens to fit with the style Lynch can provide. I struggle to understand why this style didn’t work with his adaptation of Dune, but it’s certainly an interesting scenario.

Continue reading Dune Review

Green Room Review

Believe it or not, but I’ve always wanted to be in a band. I can’t sing and I can’t play any instruments either, also, I don’t have the confidence needed to go onto a stage and perform. However, aside from these rather tedious obstructions, I’ve always found myself wanting to give it a go. After seeing Green Room, I can’t say I’m all that keen to play a gig for skinheads, but the chances of that happening are hopefully slim. Green Room is a horror from the minds over at A24, the thinking man’s independent film distributor, if said thinking man has only seen three hundred films and spends all their time discussing films on Twitter. From that vein of cinema comes a story of a punk rock group who must fight for their lives when accidentally witnessing a murder in a Neo-Nazi bar.

Continue reading Green Room Review