Category Archives: Reviews

Under Fire: “the exception to the white saviour row?”

It’s perhaps interesting to watch Under Fire in the week that British charity Comic Relief has announced its plan to cut back on celebrity appeals in the wake of what has become known as the ‘white saviour’ row, promising (rightfully in my view) to “give

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Team Sonic Racing – Nostalgia Without The Nostalgia

Sonic the Hedgehog returns with a new addition to the long-long-long-running series of video games, and in true 1990’s platform game nostalgie-fashion it’s a kart racer developed by Sumo Digital. The real question here though, is why on earth would a creature as fast as

Level 16; “how and how not to do low-budget Sci-Fi”

Over the years, low budget movies have changed exponentially. In 2019, independent film makers are getting an awful lot more bang for their buck. Look at 1970s low budget film, for example, as excellent as those genre films could be, some elements of their production

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Close To The Sun – More Than Just BioShock-Lite?

“Born of Nikola Tesla’s vision, the Helios serves as a haven for the greatest scientific minds. An unbound utopia for research, independent from state and isolated from the gaze of society. Free to push the boundaries of matter and time.” Storm In A Teacup’s Bioshock-inspired

The Woman In The Window: “A great Noir that puts one foot wrong”

The Woman in the Window doesn’t break away from the conventions of film noir storytelling. Lang features a protagonist who is a well-established and cultured member of society rather than a mobster with a vengeance. Edward G. Robinson stars as Richard Wanley, a psychology professor who enjoys his job and loves his family. Needing a break from work, Wanley sends his wife and children off on a vacation so he can wind down. Suddenly, when walking down a street, an oil portrait of a beautiful femme fatale catches Richard’s eye in a storefront window. Coincidentally, Wanley bumps into the portrait’s subject, Alice Reed (Joan Bennett). They hit it off well, Reed invites Wanley back for some drinks at her apartment which he gladly accepts. What follows next is a classic case of Wanley being in the wrong place at the wrong time: an ex-lover of Reed’s storms into the apartment and strangles Richard out of rage. In self-defence, Wanley repeatedly stabs the lover and he forces himself to cover up the murder. How long can he hide away from this incident until the cops find out about his actions?

Cruel Summer by M.R. Mackenzie; “Turning up the Heat”

Published this week, Cruel Summer is the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed In the Silence from 2018 (you can read my review of that one, here) and the second in instalment in a prospective Kelvingrove Park trilogy from Glaswegian crime novelist, M.R. Mackenzie. Whereas