Friday, 17 March 2017 23:38

Kong: Skull Island Review

In a cinematic landscape where iconic characters and beloved stories are boiled down to properties that can be milked for every ounce of franchise potential, it’s no surprise to see King Kong resurrected. The giant ape has been a big screen icon since his big screen bow in 1933 and now he’s back and definitely bigger than ever - if not exactly better – in Kong: Skull Island. Though the film manages to capture the scale and presence of an impressively rendered Kong, it fails to bring anything new to the table and leaves its heavyweight cast with very little to do.

In 1971, an experiment at Stanford University in California saw 24 male college students randomly assigned roles as prisoners and prison guards in a makeshift penitentiary in the basement of the school. This controversial experiment has proven ripe for adaptation - from German prison thriller Das Experiment (and its US remake) to an episode of Veronica Mars – and now we have Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Saturday, 02 March 2013 18:58

Beautiful Creatures Review

Based on one of four novels in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures is yet another entry in the young adult, supernatural romance genre made inexplicably popular by Twilight. Even before that saga came to an end, many stories were being lined up to plug the gap in that extremely lucrative market. Beautiful Creatures makes an admirable stab at it but early signs at the box office suggest this isn't the franchise to win the hearts of tween fans.