A Tale of Two Leads: Our Review of 2016’s Morgan (Spoilers Ahead)

The odd thing about Morgan is that you’re never entirely certain whose story, the extremely subjective plot and act breakdown below notwithstanding, it really is: is Kate Mara’s Lee Weathers out to terminate this being at any cost, as alluded to at the start, or is Anya Taylor-Joy’s titular Morgan out to discover herself and,…

Subplots Can Make a Movie Really Good: Looking Back on 2014’s Paddington

In the nearly-unexpected vein of my unexpected, but expectedly good, second viewing of The Jungle Book two nights ago, comes a viewing of director Paul King and author Michael Bond’s 2014 feature film, Paddington, as recent as last night. Resorting, not wholly without justification, to the welcome cliché of ‘in all sincerity‘, I’d stopped watching Paddington on account of having…

Gets Better The Second Time Around: Looking Back on 2016’s The Jungle Book

First off, my apologies for the delays with the Sam Mendes week of film reviews. I’m currently in the middle of a move and (actually) spending time with the family. Courtesy of the latter comes this and the forthcoming Paddington review due later tonight here on The Cinemorph.   That said and, in spirit, done, The Jungle Book was,…

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming: Our Review of The Shallows (Spoilers Ahead)

(cue John Oliver expression) Kudos, Dory. Kudos. That’ll come back into play, much like the stereotypically-interpreted cold opening, later in this review. ‘It’s no secret that one of Jaws’ greatest strengths is that we don’t get a good look at the antagonistic shark until the third act.‘ – ConsequenceOfSound.net’s Dan Caffrey. ‘(The Beach) tells the story…

Much War. Such Economy. Wow: Our Review of War Dogs (Spoilers Ahead)

The photo above has nothing whatsoever to do with the review to come. I just couldn’t shake off the inevitable War Doge memes while looking at the featured War Dogs poster. I beckon the floodgates to open. Much meme. Such poster. Wow. Now that that’s out of my system… And here’s the the original Rolling Stone…

More Extraterrestrial Than Demonic: Our Review of The Neon Demon (Spoilers Ahead)

There was a great degree of anticipation and excitement prior to last night’s screening of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon: it is my first Nicolas Winding Refn film, an honour I thought would go to 2008’s Valhalla Rising or 2011’s Drive.  I’m glad that I got around to his filmography sooner rather than later. Provided that you enjoy films…

The Battle That Never Really Comes: Looking Back on Jarhead (Spoilers Ahead)

As promised in my review of The Legend of Tarzan, there is a thematic continuity between it and Jarhead. In the absence of my ability to construct its reveal: between both films, the protagonist is really the president/general/leader managing the war, making decisions that could either end the story or keep it going. Quasi-, but entirely subjective, epiphany aside, time…

The Legend of King Leopold II: Our Review of The Legend of Tarzan

To everyone who’s been waiting on our review of director Sam Mendes’ 2005 war film, Jarhead, please wait an hour or so longer; by a mix of luck and my less-than-impatience to see this film, The Legend of Tarzan, this review works as a chronological and thematic prologue of sorts into Jarhead.  Nevertheless, let’s get cracking, no, that’s not right….

It Helps, It Definitely Helps: Our Review of The B.F.G. (Spoilers Ahead)

(Whilst approaching a grandfather clock) ‘It was the Witching Hour, when the Boogeyman comes out… when people go missing. The girls say the Witching Hour arrives at midnight. I think it comes at three in the morning, when I’m the only one awake. Like always. Like now.’ – Sophie in the opening scenes of director Steven Spielberg’s The…