Monster

Monster (2003)

Monster first published by Movie Gazette Virtually every film ever made about a serial killer includes a scene where the main character stares into a mirror. This device is an effective means for inviting viewers to imagine how the killer sees himself, but it is also a dreadful cliché, so its repeated use (a staggering…

Young Adult

Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult first published by movieScope In 2007, young director Jason Reitman and first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody teamed up to create whipsmart teen pregnancy comedy Juno. Now their latest collaboration, Young Adult, represents a reunion in more ways than one, as they revisit previous preoccupations (adolescence and parenthood) from the perspective of arrested grown-ups rather…

Prometheus

Prometheus (2012)

First published by EyeforFilm According to Hesiod’s Theogony and Works And Days, after the Titan Prometheus steals fire and “the means of life” from Zeus and gifts them to mankind, Zeus vengefully sends to men the first ever woman, Pandora, whose jar is filled with evil, disease and death – while the immortal Prometheus is…

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky has had several incarnations, all unified by the (then) winning charisma of a fresh-faced Mel Gibson, by the mad directing skills and archetype-pimping rides of George Miller, and by some practical stuntwork whose palpably high risks only added to the visceral intensity of the action. In Mad Max…

Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman first published in S&S July 2012 Review: In the opening sequence of Snow White and the Huntsman, an omniscient narrator reveals that the titular heroine “was admired throughout the kingdom as much for her defiant spirit as for her beauty.” The very fact that there is such a narrator takes viewers…