Midsommar Review: An Ethereal, Psychedelic Nightmare

Runtime: 147mins | Director: Ari Aster |  Rating: 5 Stars

Jump-scares, characters wandering about at night (often in atmospheric lightning) and bizarre, supernatural creatures. These are, more or less, the tropes we have come to associate with the horror genre. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these formulaic things – when done well – but they are becoming a bit unoriginal and obvious. After all, the whole point of a horror film is to scare you, and being able to guess what is going to happen as soon as the music quietens or someone looks in a mirror defeats that. However, we seem to be entering a horror renaissance where talented directors such as Jordan Peele and Ari Aster are being bolder in their nightmarish creations and are challenging the status quo.

Following the tragic death of her family, Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor), and his friends on a trip to Sweden in the hope it will strengthen their relationship. At first, the quaint Swedish co…

Booksmart Review – A Wilde Ride!

Runtime: 105mins | Director: Olivia Wilde | Rating: 5 Stars
The coming of age genre is one almost everyone is familiar with. Typically, kids in high school don’t know what to do once they leave college, they fear their friendships will never be the same, and they regret not trying to kiss the guy or girl of their dreams. It’s all very familiar.
Booksmart doesn’t redefine the genre in any way, instead, it embraces the classic tropes and builds upon them elevating it to a height only a few other coming of age films have reached. This is a testament to Wilde’s directing ability and vision.
So, what’s Booksmart actually about?

Review - The Gaucho Film Club: Pulp Fiction

Location: Gaucho – Charlotte Street | Price: £50pp | Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.”

Well, on the 2nd of February, that truly was the cornerstone of my breakfast as I attended Gaucho’s screening of Pulp Fiction as a belated birthday present.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Gaucho is a fantastic Argentinian steak house and also my favourite restaurant. So, when I heard they had established a ‘Film Club’ where they screen a film and serve you the food that appears on the screen in real-time, you can only imagine my excitement. Especially when I was told it was Pulp Fiction, one of my Top 5 films.
On paper, this is my idea of heaven. But because I had such high expectations, I was cautious of disappointment. I can tell you now that it exceeded all my expectations, bar a few small issues.
So, without further ado – here’s what we were served!

Big Kahuna Burger – ‘Classic Cheeseburger Served with Vodka Lemonade’ (00:14:08)
Arguably, this is the…

Does Aquaman Sink or Swim?

Runtime: 142mins | Director: James Wan | Rating: 3 Stars | Credits Scene: Yes

Unfortunately, DC has earned itself a terrible name amongst filmgoers. This is mainly due to its unnecessarily rushed character development, terrible CGI, and poor, often uninteresting plotlines. In fact, bar Wonder Woman, none of them can truly be deemed acceptable. And, even then, Wonder Woman was nothing special - when you set the bar low, you don’t need to aim high to succeed…
I had hoped that Justice League would resolve their recurrent issues. After all, it’s the biggest names in DC coming together for an epic film – how could they get it wrong? Well, as most of you know, they did. And spectacularly so at that. So, what am I trying to get at?
Basically, that DC, so far, has been shit. Was Aquaman the film to change this? In a sense, yes. In others, no.
Following the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry – Aquaman (Jason Momoa) - finds himself having to save the world yet again - this time, from his step…

Projected Film - My Top 3 Christmas Films

As the year draws to a hasty end, I’ve decided that I haven’t been producing enough ‘seasonal content’. Whether it’s a ‘Top 3 Horror Films’ list for Halloween or a ‘Top 3 Rom Coms’ list for Valentines Day, I’ve been slacking.
In an attempt to remedy this, I present you with Projected Film’s Christmas List – Top 3 Christmas Films!
So, without further ado – let’s delve in.
1.Home AloneThe night before his family are due to fly to Paris, 8-year old Kevin McCallister has a row with his family and ends up being sent to sleep in the attic. Once there, he resentfully prays for his family to disappear, so he can spend Christmas alone and fully independent. Little does he know though, his wish is about to come true! Kevin quickly realises, however, independence isn’t all its cracked up to be when two burglars attempt to break into his house and he must defend it alone at all costs.

Though I’m sure many would place Home Alone lower, it will always be my favourite Christmas film.
Sure, there aren’t r…