In space, no one can hear you scream... Especially when its a Martian you re-animated and now is killing you all. Looking a whole lot like Ridley Scott's classic 1979 film Alien, Daniel Espinosa's Life explores the terrifying consequences of hostile extra-terrestrial life on the claustrophobic International Space Station. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as astronauts charged with incubating the new discovery, Life may be an entertaining B-movie style sci-fi/horror, but it stops itself from being anything truly original. Listen on after the music to hear our view on the films spoilers.
How joyous it is when an smart and nerve-tingling horror film comes out. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black man meeting his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family out in the country. A biting satire on liberal racism, we are treated to a confident debut that speaks the language of horror cinema without resorting to cliche. Also starring Lil Rey Howery, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, check out our full podcast review on this chilling film.
The MonsterVerse is starting to take shape with the new King Kong reboot. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is an action heavy version of the story with an all-star cast which includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. Taking place in post-Vietnam War 1973, an excursion to a remote island leads quickly into mayhem when the king of Skull Islands defends it against the visiting humans. In this extended episode, with spoilers after the credits, we discuss the violence, the symbology of Kong, and what we can expect next from him.
This extended review of latest in the X-Men movie franchise, James Mangold's Logan, takes a look into the bleak world of 2029, where mutants are nearly non-existent, but a new breed are being manufactured by the nefarious Transigen project. An ageing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and senile Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) are forced into the life of X-23 (Dafne Keen), a new mutant who is much like Logan in many ways. We explore what makes this the best of the X-Men films so far, and why that isn't necessarily a good thing, as well as what could happen for the future of the cinematic series. Co-starring Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook, this review contains a spoiler free first half, and then spoilers after the music.
(Massive apologies for the phone vibrations at one point in the review. Won't happen again!)