Monday, 19 March 2018

Secret in Their Eyes 2015 Review SSMR

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

Grizzled counter-terrorism detective solves cold-case murder of Julia Roberts’ daughter.

Awesomely shot and traditionally scored, showing no sign of a modest budget. The story is perfectly paced and has a meaty twist ending.

Seems to be trying to cover all of the staples of the detective genre e.g. sports game, work-based love interest, a tunnel chase, funny sidekick etc.

All performances are above functional, with Roberts’ portrayal of a grieving mother weighing in as the most impressive.

Provides a gripping riff on True Detective and Luther’s first seasons, with none of the sex but more emotion and similarly strong character building.

#-#-#-#- - 4.1/5

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Unlocked 2017 Review SSMR

Unlocked (2017)

A female secret agent fights clandestine-organized terrorism and saves the world.

A small but well used budget makes this an ‘epic’ film that deftly globetrots and has large set pieces. 

Noomi Rapace is a star, reliably in decent films.

Camera guy, Jaromir Sedina is invaluable. Albeit feminized, the action scenes are amazingly shot.

The film looks like a big Hollywood production at times and also has the cast to suit, with quite a few big name stars putting on classy performances.

A thrilling and often coldly brutal view, subverting clich├ęs at every turn in the gear of genderism. However, a limp script dampens proceedings.

# - # - # - # -   - 3.8/5

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

TV Shows I Must Remember To Watch in 2018

There really are too many TV shows being made – too many to watch, at least. I can’t watch everything. So, while I watch the shows I can’t wait for like Empire, Lucifer and The Flash, I must remember the shows I don’t currently have time for.

TV shows I cant afford to watch.
  • Legends Of Tomorrow
  • Gotham
  • JoJos Bizarre Adventure
  • Star
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Marvels Agents of S H I E L D
  • Marvel’s The Punisher
  • Marvel’s Inhumans
  • Ghosted

Monday, 7 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Boyka Undisputed (2016) SSMR Movie Review

A spin-off in the Undisputed movie universe.

Featuring a Russian-accented Scott Atkins, one of my favourite actors of all time, someone who makes every fake punch look good.

Intricate MMA-inspired choreography to rival the Raid, flawlessly captured with wide angles. The fighting segments are pleasantly split up by romance and gangster themes.

Highly artistic and classical colour schemes, with strong contrasts and unquestionable colour-washing. Editing is exemplarily crisp, with masterful control over pacing.

The raw and winding tale is enacted by a middling and untested mostly-Russian cast that sets a dark tone with strong consistency. Although the audio score is beneficially accomplished, small inadequacies pop up a few times.

Sprinkled with masculine dramatics, Boyka Undisputed hits the gas from the go and never lets up. A thrilling, unflawed masterclass of action cinema.

# - # - # - # -  4.4/5

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Crude Deception of American Gods

If you follow this site, you’ll know I keep things simple. American Gods was marketed as an exciting and complex TV show, the adverts quoted: “a show to rival Game of Thrones”. The trailers looked quality and the production had good pedigree. Plus, it has Ricky Whittle as a lead. I was intrigued and hopeful.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Best Underseen Films Of 2016


Optimal genre horror, almost flawless in its aims

Queen Of Katwe
Inspirational Pizza

Love is All you Need
A Mind-healing beautiful drama, with an odd premise

Miles Ahead
A captivating masterclass of emotive, artistic and character-focused biographical film-making

Blissful, masterful and timeless

Dead Of Summer
A horror TV show with great characters, moments and production value, set over a brisk 10 episodes

Major Deal
A 65 minute b-movie that serves as a comedic masterclass to flawlessly define a 2016 'slice-of-life'

The week of geek TV starting Monday 24/10
Bliss - Namely: Flash, Gotham, S.H.I.E.L.D and Lucifer

Don Quixote:The Ingenious Gentleman
An earnest production of pure innocence

Dog Eat Dog
A fun + artsy Nic-Cage racialist gangster film

Adult Life Skills
A humbling poem about the beautiful  ridiculousness of a cliched existence.

The Love Witch
Classy classical film-making with abundant nudity and death

Kate Plays Christine
Life instilled

Unfinished Business
The Model
Birth Of A Nation
Mr Church
War On Everyone
Fifty Shades Of Black
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
White Girl

Friday, 25 November 2016

Killer Mermaid (Nympho) Movie Review SSMR

In this low-budget horror, a group of rich holiday-makers get in the way of a (Title). I have no idea why this movie has the alternative names of 'Nympho' and 'Killer Mermaids', we never get to see the mermaid in coitus and there is only one of them, but there sure is a lot of sexiness and killing going on.