Classic Film Review: Bridesmaids [2011]

I’m a very fair person, I like to think; someone who favours equality and tries to take my own biases out of deciding whether I like or dislike something… (debatable). Well, okay, moving on. When it comes to Bridesmaids, this means two things: 1) I am so happy to see women being allowed to do…

Classic Film Review: Taxi Driver [1976]

Martin Scorsese’s 1976’s American psychological thriller film, Taxi Driver, was shot during a New York heat wave and garbage strike. Robert De Niro plays insomniac New York taxi driver, Travis Bickle, driven mad by driving around the hellish streets at night- or perhaps already that way? He has a humiliating date with a political activist,…

Classic Film Review: The Terminator [1984]

The Terminator is one of the most intelligent and emotionally complex films of its kind and reductive pop culture snobbery has no place minimising its allegorical humanism. So there! In 1984, a Cyborg has been sent from the future on a deadly mission. It has been programmed to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor!…

Classic Film Review: Star Wars A New Hope [1977]

‘Star Wars’! ‘The Original Star Wars Film.’ ‘Later Titled ‘Episode 4: A New Hope’ Because… Money’. Let’s just call it ‘A New Hope’ for clarity. I’ll start this review by admitting that prior to watching A New Hope for the purpose OF this review I had never actually watched it… Because I didn’t care. I…

Classic Film Review: Reservoir Dogs [1992]

Debut films are either meant to be minimalist or else overambitious and thus cringingly inept. They’re not expected to take all of the plaudits at Sundance film festival before storming to cult status and igniting a worldwide debate about the morality of screen violence. With Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino started as he meant to go…

New Film Review: Battle Royale [2000]

In the near future, Japan’s economy has collapsed with unemployment soaring to 15 percent and gangs of youths acting in open defiance of authority figures- a particular ‘no no’ in Japanese culture. Although it is never specified whether this is a global issue, Japan has responded to the impending social catastrophe by passing the Battle…