The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Review

With the exception of perhaps “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, has there ever been a (belated) sequel which arrived under so much pressure of expectation as “Blade Runner 2049”? Picking up the baton from Ridley Scott’s lionised 1982 sci-fi noir, visionary director Denis Villeneuve leaps us further into the chillingly realistic dystopian future. Following the…

The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

For a year which will surely go down in history for its polarisation, as far as movies went there was a concerted effort to stay centred in an unremarkable consensus of mediocrity, with the average score of the 95 films I watched in the cinema a paltry 6.5/10. 2016 saw 409 movies watched (and rewatched)…

Arrival (2016) Review

If alien invasion movies exist on a spectrum where, say, “Independence Day” is the median point and down one end of the spectrum you have the likes of “Battleship” and “Independence Day: Resurgence”, “Arrival” finds its place at the opposite end of the scale. When twelve alien objects appear on Earth simultaneously, the various governments…

Sicario (2015) Review

Gritty, grim and deeply nihilistic, “Sicario” is a dark and brooding thriller which examines the murky realpolitik of America’s ‘War On Drugs’ along the US/ Mexican border. Idealistic FBI Agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a government official (Josh Brolin) and his mysterious partner (Benicio del Toro) to join an inter-agency task force…