All images taken in photo mode on PS5

On the second anniversary of Days Gone’s release, developer Bend studios is celebrating and anticipating the game’s upcoming PC port, with the looming shadow of last month’s news that Sony rejected the pitch for a sequel. In light of that rejection, and for months prior, it seems as if the gaming community has undergone somewhat of a shift in opinion on Days Gone- what was once fairly commonly accepted as a critical and commercial ‘miss’ for Sony is now being treated as some sort of overlooked, mistreated gem amongst Sony’s first-party catalogue.

To get it out of the way immediately…


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Disney’s latest streaming ‘event series’ set in the MCU, is the very definition of a mixed bag. It’s a giant, flashy and occasionally ambitious blockbuster shrunk down directly to the small screen format, but it’s also a rushed, messy grab-bag of thematic and narrative threads of which almost none are brought to completion. …


Originally published in Trinity Film Review, 2018

In just half a decade and with only three feature films, Ryan Coogler has firmly established himself as one of Hollywood’s boldest and most promising writers and directors. Whether it’s adapting an intimate story for the screen or imbuing major studio films with his own distinct voice, Coogler is a creative force that has proven more than capable of making smaller, personal projects as well as massively successful blockbusters, without sacrificing any intimacy or sincerity along the way.

Coogler established his style and filmmaking sensibilities with a handful of short films immediately after…


Originally published in Trinity Film Review- The LGBT Cinema Issue, 2020

The story of the critically panned flop to cult classic is one we’ve heard time and time again, but it’s hard to think of many films shunned for their homophobic undertones, only to be revived and celebrated decades later as cultural icons. In the case of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, that’s exactly what happened.

Of course, the reaction to the film wasn’t rooted in homophobia for most, and to get it out in the open straight away, Nightmare 2 is far from a perfect film…


Originally published in Trinity Film Review- The Adaptation Issue, 2019

Putting real life to the screen has always been a challenge for filmmakers, and the results they’ve yielded have varied wildly in both structure and quality. Those writing the script need to nail the tricky balance between historical accuracy and a coherent narrative, and those putting it to the screen must both honour the people and events depicted while creating a compelling work of art. …


Originally published at studentnewspaper.org, 2018

Rarely is a film so aptly and succinctly summed up by a title as brief and simple as Shazam!. It’s a film bursting with camp ridiculousness and childish whimsy, and a heavy heaping of cheese that saves it from sinking below the weight of a genre that’s already incredibly saturated, but somehow hasn’t quite been done to death yet. …


Originally published in Trinity Film Review, 2020

Breaking Bad is far from a story that lacked an ending, but somehow Vince Gilligan made his six-year-late coda El Camino feel like a natural, sincere send-off to his series, as well as a satisfying film in its own right.

With pretty much the entire cast and crew populated by returning faces from the series, El Camino is as much a reunion for the Breaking Bad crew as it is for the audience. Serving not only as the series’ showrunner and creator but as director of several key episodes, Gilligan was far from…


Originally published in Trinity Film Review, 2018

American Animals is a film that, in a lot of ways, defies description, genre or convention. It deftly weaves comedy, drama and documentary into a package that is somehow coherent and thoroughly enjoyable. Whatever simplistic crime caper you might expect from the film, writer/director Bart Layton implores you to look past it to find a much richer, funnier and more thoughtful picture.

Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan star as the film’s dual protagonists, along with their characters’ real-life counterparts serving as the unreliable narrators that recount the story of their outrageous heist. Peters…


Continuing an already contentious year in the film industry after a disastrous fever dream of an awards’ season, it seems that some in Hollywood aren’t happy to let Los Angeles lie in peace. Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg took to the stage to voice his concerns and quarrels with the direction of the industry.

Namely, Spielberg is acting in response to this year’s Academy Awards, and the ever-growing presence of films produced and distributed by streaming giants like Netflix, arguing that films premiering on streaming platforms and in theatres at the same time should be banned from the competition. …


Can You Ever Forgive Me? is in many ways a biography about biographies. Based on the autobiography of the same name by Lee Israel, the film recounts the criminal career of Israel, a prominent biographer who finds herself using her unique voice and talent to forge literary documents. In a tale about finding one’s own voice instead of merely imitating, it’s fitting that everyone involved in the film from cast to crew find their own unique voices to bring the fascinating story to life.

Helmed by Marielle Heller, the film brings Israel’s story to life through a sharp and affectionate…

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