- I wrote about War for the Planet of the Apes for Audiences Everywhere’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2017
- My entry for their anxiety-soothing list was Spider-Man 2
- I contributed to Little White Lies’ Top 100 Films of the 1990s
- As well as their Summer Blockbusters Preview
- And a write-up of the excellent new documentary on Hayao Miyazaki
A fired-up Shia LaBeouf tries and fails to salvage this muddled war drama.
An assembly of soldiers wade through the shallows of the sea, approaching the forested coast with guns in hand. One laughs as he takes in the scenery. “Fucking beautiful!” he says. Yet the image Man Down presents is of a world drained of colour – the film’s pallid hue inspiring lethargy rather than awe. It could be that Dito Montiel’s ambitious psychological thriller is not what it thinks it is.
A hostile situation on a deep sea sub off the coast of North Korea – it’s sadly not as fun as it sounds.
The world is teetering on the edge of doom. So says a montage of real-life footage that plays over the opening passages of Ben Parker’s The Chamber, highlighting the fragility of international relations. The precarious global situation even impacts a small submarine as it surveys the Yellow Sea on behalf of a private company looking to establish oil rigs in the area.