All posts by Kira Comerford

Film and TV lover with hopes to one day make my own projects for everyone to enjoy. Until then, I'm giving my thoughts on what I watch for inspiration.

Review – You’re Next

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

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Review – The Hills Have Eyes

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

The Carters are a typical American family travelling throughout the southwest. However, their trip takes a detour off the beaten path across the desert. They suffer a blow-out with their tyres and plough into a rock – an event that leaves them stranded in an area closed off from the rest of civilisation. The area was formerly used by the US government as a nuclear test site. It was thought to be empty – but they were wrong. The Carters gradually realise they may have fallen into a trap perpetrated by the disgruntled residents of the area, who are intent on carrying out a gruesome massacre.

I thought I was being brave when I set out to watch The Hills Have Eyes the other night, however it could be said I was actually being rather stupid. How naïve of me to think that it would be a terrific film based on the four-star rating the TV magazine had awarded it. I was mildly grossed out by the film, but was more disappointed than anything else.

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Review – Moonlight

In this, a film chronicling the minefield of adolescence for a young boy struggling to find who he is, a young man with a difficult home life comes of age in Miami during America’s “War on Drugs” era. The tale of his adolescence is told through three chapters which detail every element of his teenage years and young adulthood, and highlight his struggle in trying to discover who he really is.

Maybe I’ve left things very understated with that short synopsis of Moonlight, but then, maybe I haven’t. The film has a very basic concept, but, much like Fences, does the simple things very well. Perhaps the reason it has been so well received is that it is a film that resonates with everyone on some level. Whatever it is, it has ensured that the film has taken the world by storm.

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Review – The Evil Dead

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When Ash (Bruce Campbell) and four of his friends decide to go and stay in the woods together for a week, they hope for a time they will never forget – and they certainly get more than they bargained for in that respect. Whilst they are all gathered around having dinner on their first night, the cellar door flies open. Ash and one of the others go to investigate and find all manner of strange things left down there by whoever was there before them. Amongst the objects found is a tape recording made by the previous inhabitant. The group listen to it, but soon turn it off when a mysterious call begins to play. However, by then it seems it was all too late, as evil spirits have been disturbed and they don’t appear to be overjoyed by such an occurrence. One by one, the demons possess each youngster until Ash is the only one left to survive the night of the evil dead.

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Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the tale of eccentric hotel concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and a lobby boy he befriends whilst caught up in an investigation into the mysterious death of a loyal customer of the hotel he is employed by.

Now, I am very aware that I may be upsetting many people when I say that The Grand Budapest Hotel is possibly one of the worst films I have watched of late, especially after the critical acclaim it received. The only reason I watched it was due to the reviews I had read, saying that it did not require too much thought and was a tremendous bit of fun – as opposed to… removing your eyeballs with an ice cream scooper? Marginally, maybe. I had no idea what to expect when it came to sitting down and watching it, however, I did expect a hell of a lot more than what was actually delivered, so much so, that after 48 minutes of watching Ralph Fiennes parade around in a tailcoat with a lobby boy following like a lost sheep, I had lost the will to live, and I turned it off and went to bed, completely and utterly disappointed with what I had seen.

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Review – The Departed

Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) has practically run his part of Boston for years via dodgy dealings and violence despite any amount of police operations to bring down his gang. Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) was practically raised by Costello and trains as an officer of the law in order to access information about cases against his boss’s gang. However, this happens just as the police are about to send William Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) undercover into Costello’s gang, and it inevitably becomes an issue of who can sniff the rat out first.

The Departed is a wonderful modern day thriller with a story that is both well-written, well-directed and ultimately well-acted. Jack Nicholson adopts the persona audiences have been captivated by in previous films such as The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as mob boss Costello, and proves that the years have not mellowed him. Nicholson’s talent shines through as his character grows more and more unstable with the ever-growing knowledge that there is a wasp in the hornet’s nest.

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