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Crimson Peak #FilmReview ‘Jane Austin with a dash of Mary Shelley’
November 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
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Crimson Peak (MA15+)
2015, Thriller, 1hr 58mins.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston
Crimson Peak is currently available for mobile cinema events

Synopsis
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers. – via Letterboxd

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Review
Guillermo Del Toro the director behind the brilliant ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ and the OK blockbuster ‘Pacific Rim’ returns with Crimson Peak’ that thankfully falls more on the brilliant side of his catalogue rather than the blockbuster. He takes your classic haunted house story, adds some Jane Austin, some over the top art direction and a brilliant cast to give us a creepy ghost story that opts for ‘story’ instead of scares. That said many of the ghostly moments were extremely creepy and managed to give me goosebumps on more than one occasion. This is aided by an unnerving soundscape that puts you on edge, and is enough to make a turning door knob truly terrifying. This isn’t to say that ‘Crimson Peak’ isn’t without it’s gore, as anyone who has seen ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ knows that Del Toro uses violence sparingly. But when an act of violence does occur it is always shocking, and horrific and ‘Crimson Peak’ is no exception.

Del Toro with his growing back catalogue of ghostly creature features riffs on his previous creations, ghosts that bleed zero gravity blood, much like ‘The Devil’s Backbone’. The moths that seem to be inexplicably growing in numbers linking to his earlier work on ‘Mimic’. And the facial violence of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is definitely in your face here as well. The one thing that took me out of the movie was the heavy handed art department, that turned the house into a living, breathing and bleeding character in the film, it was beautiful and every frame of the film is worthy of wall space in a gallery. But it felt like a film set, rather than a habitable space.

Horror fans that are after loads of jump scares and gross outs will most probably be disappointed. But if you like Jane Austin with a dash of Mary Shelley with some creepy chills thrown in, ’Crimson Peak’ should be the haunted house for you.

Rating ★★★★ out of ★★★★★

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Zootopia #FilmReview ‘a clever, funny and inventive original’
June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
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Zootopia (2016)
Animated/Adventure/Family, Rated PG, 108 Minutes.
Featuring Voices of: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba.
Now available for mobile cinema events

Synopsis
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

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Review
Zootopia takes us to an alternate universe devoid of humans, one where the animals have evolved to a point that all creatures great and small have become ‘civilised’. They started farming, they built cities, built trains, cars and most importantly became vegetarian. Yes that’s right, In Zootopia predator and prey get along in perfect harmony until one day…

Enter into this universe young Judy Hops a bunny with big dreams of becoming a cop in the big city metropolis, much to the horror of her parents. Following her intensive boot camp style training where Judy is constantly reminded that she is never going to make the grade she does the unexpected, or if you look at the poster, the expected, and becomes the first bunny cop in the Zootopia Police Department the ZPD.

Treated by the ZPD as the token bunny, Judy, is assigned to parking duty while the rest of the department attempt to solve a case involving 14 missing persons. Unfulfilled by her ticket inspector duties, Judy manages to quickly work her way into the case with the help of a reluctant fox, Nick Wilde, her only lead on the latest missing person, Emmett Otterton, the otter.

From here we delve into the underbelly of Zootopia as Nick and Judy discover more about the case in 48hrs than the rest of the ZPD could uncover in two weeks. With a great plot that works on many levels, Zootopia, as a mystery crime thriller works really well. It will keep young and old alike guessing what has become of these missing persons, and what are the night howlers? Despite being a kids animation some elements and situations may be a little scary for young kids, there’s even a moment that will have the big kids jumping out of their chairs. To lighten the tone there’s a great collection of characters Judy and Nick bump into throughout there investigation. The highlight being a sloth named Flash, who has one of the funniest moments in the film. The film also has several nods to other great crime stories, like the Godfather and Breaking Bad, the kids won’t get them but they make a fun addition for everyone else.

Despite its many great characteristics, Zootopia’s foundations seem a little wonky tho. Mainly the theme of predators and prey living together as vegetarians doesn’t sit quite right. Especially when the majority of the food you see on screen is either doughnuts, ice blocks, ice cream or a shrivelled single serve microwaveable carrot. On the whole not very healthy choices for the animals utopia. But maybe that’s a comment on our human existence.

The film also tackles racism and the unconscious biases that can often bubble to the surface when a society is put under pressure. This being highlighted as we discover predators are randomly going ‘savage’ and attacking prey, which appears to be highlighting quite a heavy issue of our time. Not something you would initially imagine you are going to find wrapped up in a cute kids animation. Zootopia isn’t just a cute animation tho. It’s a clever, funny and inventive original that not only will entertain young and old alike, it also has a great message – ‘Get along people!’ – and that can’t be a bad thing.

Rating ★★★★ out of ★★★★★

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The Witch (MA15+) ★★★★ Now available for mobile cinema events #ReleaseOfTheWeek

Release Of The Week!The Witch
2015, Horror/Mystery, Rated MA15+, 93 Minutes.
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. Available 14 July – Outdoor from 14 September 2016 (TBC)

'The Witch illustrates itself as a tense, deeply atmospheric crawl. It Old English representation is some of the best I've ever seen and really sets the stage for the forthcoming tale - one that is dismal, dreary, and genuinely creepy. Although slow to start, it's not difficult for one to be quickly and fully immersed in such an otherworldly environment.' -  To read the full ★★★★ review by Lyzette on Letterboxd click on the poster above

‘The Witch illustrates itself as a tense, deeply atmospheric crawl. It Old English representation is some of the best I’ve ever seen and really sets the stage for the forthcoming tale – one that is dismal, dreary, and genuinely creepy. Although slow to start, it’s not difficult for one to be quickly and fully immersed in such an otherworldly environment.’ – To read the full ★★★★ review by Lyzette on Letterboxd click on the poster above




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