"I Love You, Man" (2009)

Rating:R:15 Genre:Comedy, Drama Directed By: John Hamburg Written By: John Hamburg, Larry Levin Released: March 20th, 2009 Runtime: 105 minutes Studio:Dreamworks/Paramount
Summary: Successful real-estate man Peter Klaven has it all: a great job, a beautiful home and a loving wife-to-be. Unfortunately, due to his devotion to both his work and fiancée Zooey, Peter has failed to make any friends. With his wedding fast approaching, the pressure is on to find a best man and so Peter embarks on several desperate attempts to find a best buddy.
Review: I really loved this film. I’ve been wanting to watch it for so long and kept forgetting about it. I finally got around to it now.

It has a great cast and is genuinely funny. Paul Rudd is always lovable in his comedic roles. He’s a funny guy. I’ve never been a huge fan of Jason Segal, I just never had an opinion. I thought he was funny here though, even one of my favourite characters. There are so many great characters here; even the smaller ones are cr…

"Would You Rather" (2013)

Rating: R:18 Genre:Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: David Guy Levy Written By: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen Released: February 8th, 2013 Runtime: 95 minutes Studio:IFC Films
Summary: Iris (Brittany Snow) and seven other desperate people become trapped in Shepard's (Jeffrey Combs) mansion. Shepard forces them to play a sadistic game for a large sum of money -- but the dilemmas become increasingly deadly.
Review: Well, this is all a very tense affair. Say what you will about this film, but as vulgar and barbaric as the whole thing is, at least it’s original!

I don’t know if I can say I enjoyed this. Most of it was viewed through my fingers. I reckon that’s the sign of a good horror film. Whether that necessarily means it was “enjoyable” under this circumstance is up to you to interpret!
Certainly, from start to finish it kept the tension up and mounting. Some moments were hard to look at. It makes you think a lot about “what would you as an audience honestly do if put in that…

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)

Rating:R:18 Genre:Classics, Horror Directed By: Tobe Hooper Written By: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper Released: October 1st, 1974 Runtime: 83 minutes Studio:Bryanston Pictures
Summary: A teenage girl, her wheelchair-bound brother and a few friends intend to spend a brief holiday in the family’s rundown old summer house. In need of petrol a nearby home seems an obvious source but the neighbours aren’t too friendly…
Review: I’m going to be blunt. I just thought this film was really crap. I don’t say this about many films. Ok, there’s no plot because the reasons behind why this maniac cuts up bodies is not explained.  Obviously, there is some reason. One does not just wake up one day and go around cutting up people for the hell of it. I don’t accept this as the basis for a horror story, ok, there has to be more to it otherwise there is just no point. Plus, the film is not even scary, it’s just disgusting and sick. The characters are not engaging enough, annoying, and frankly stupid to go wandering in…

"Django" (2012)

Rating:R:18 Genre:Drama, Western Directed By: Quentin Tarantino Written By: Quentin Tarantino Released: December 25th, 2012 Runtime: 165 minutes Studio:The Weinstein Co.
Summary: Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South's most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django's long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

Review: First impressions? Great film. Very violent. Not one for the faint hearted that is for sure. I guess this is hardly surprising when Quentin Tarantino is at the helm! In all seriousness though, some of the scenes are considerably difficult to watch.
And then you have the odd scene that demonstrates some wicked sense of humo…

"The Lost Boys" (1987)

Rating:R Genre:Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Joel Schumacher Written By: Jan Fischer, James Jeremias, Chris Columbus, Jeffrey Boam, Thomas Pope, Janice Fischer Released: July 31st, 1987 Runtime: 97 minutes Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
Summary: Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) -- who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.

Review: The 80s answer to the vampire genre which takes us on quite the entertaining and if sometimes bizarre journey.
The film has a variety of genres mixed together. It could be argued that it tries to focus on so many it fall…

"The Blair Witch Project" (1999)

Rating: R:15
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick
Written By: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Released: July 30th, 1999
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: Artisan Pictures

This is the story of three young people who set out on a quest to make a documentary about the “legend” of the Blair Witch, and end up going deep into the woods where scary things begin to happen...

It certainly has a very creepy background to the story, and relies on the audiences being pulled into the superstition surrounding this, in order for them to feel fear watching what happens or what is implied to be happening later in the film.

The only introduction we have to the film is the simple print at the beginning stating what has happened. We already know that these three people are somehow going to meet their doom and disappear...the question is how. It dives straight into it, seen as it’s made up purely in a home-video style, which gives it a more realistic kick. They interview people ar…

"Shutter Island" (2010)

Rating:R:15 Genre:Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Martin Scorsese Written By: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane Released: February 19th, 2010Wide Runtime: 138 minutes Studio:Paramount Studios
Summary: Based on the book by Dennis Lehane of the same name, and set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is called upon to investigate the disappearance of one of the patients at Shutter Island’s hospital for the criminally insane, who has escaped and is presumed to be hiding near-by. However, as time goes by Teddy wonders if he is in fact being lead on a wild goose chase.
Review: I love this film. It has a brilliantly constructed plot that will keep you guessing, with a surprising and intelligent twist. 
It’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s fourth film with Martin Scorsese. Neither disappoints!  Mark Ruffalo is also very good as Teddy’s partner, Chuck. Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow are also among the cast. I got a surprise when I realised Max…

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber On Fleet Street" (2007)

Rating:R:18 Genre:Drama, Musical, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Tim Burton Written By: John Logan Released: December 21st, 2007 Runtime: 116 minutes Studio:DreamWorks/Paramount Studios
Summary: A Tim Burton film, which tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a barber who is falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit, exiling him from the town while the evil Judge Turpin gains custody of Benjamin’s wife and daughter. Fifteen years later, Benjamin Barker returns with vengeance under the new identity of Sweeney Todd. Here he meets widow and owner of a pie shop, Mrs Lovett. Sweeney sets up a barber shop above her shop and together they embark upon a crime rampage against those who have hurt him...with a few twists along the way.

Review: I won’t lie. The plot is slightly barbaric, and it does get a bit eccentric as the film progresses... But if you’re into this type of film, and are not opposed to a little beheading, you’ll enjoy it! It tends to be classified as a Horror/Musical, and I think …

"As Above So Below" (2014)

Rating:R:15 Genre:Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest Directed By: John Erick Dowdle Written By: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle Released: August 29th, 2014 Runtime: 93 minutes Studio:Universal Pictures
Summary: Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history's greatest treasures: Flamel's Philosopher's Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.

Review: I enjoyed this film. As horror films go, it’s quite a bit tamer than many others like it and for this reason, it probably isn’t thought of quite as highly. But provides a good amount of tension just the same.
What I liked about it was the emphasis being pu…

"The Deer Hunter" (1978)

Rating: R:18 Genre: Drama Directed By: Michael Cimino Written By: Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker Released: December 8th, 1978  Runtime: 183 minutes Studio: Universal Pictures
Summary: In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick's hometown sweetheart, Linda (Meryl Streep).

Review: This is not an easy watch by any means. In fact, it's quite a traumatic affair. There is so much sadness, so much violence, and so much devastation. It's not one that will leave your minds very easily after viewing and if you think you'll come away from it unaffected in some shape or manner, think again.…