Arrival


Potentially one of the most confusing story-lines to hit cinema screens this year, but a tremendous example of science fiction mayhem nonetheless.

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Though hard to decipher where the plots beginning, middle and end occurs, the film remains captivating throughout due its phenomenal and consistent adventurous side. 

As with most science fiction excursions, Arrival did not disappoint in showcasing its alien origins. From mysterious warping of the earths atmosphere, to somewhat debatable ideologies of new extra terrestrial beings, the films production and design team truly did take every opportunity they could to create an unnerving environment.

With a film as visually demanding as this one, you would be forgiven for thinking that Director, Denis Villeneuve, blew the majority of his budget on the special effects. But thankfully it would seem that he left just enough to employ a star studded cast, led by Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

With a stellar cast and very big plot twist, it would be hard not to enjoy this film, and yet if there is anything that lets this film down, it’s the amount of screen time, that seems almost never ending at points. 

Nocturnal Animals


If ‘A Single Man’ is anything to go by, I think we can all begin to accept that Tom Ford films are weird, but even with that being said, his latest directorial engagement seems to excel beyond  even his normal stance of unusual.

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As plots go, this one certainly takes some getting used to, mainly due to the fact that it is essentially a story within a story; an inception that is never easily followed by cinematic goers.

What begins as a classic love story is quickly disrupted by a sinister force of reality, as a perfect life becomes a societal trap that leads to heartache and misery.

Nocturnal Animals uses a writers (Jake Gyllenhaal) perspective to create an alternative reality, with devastating consequences, all whilst taking the audience through conflicting emotions of love and loss as they struggle to decipher between what is real and what is not.

The deeper into the warped sense of reality the writer travels, the darker the plot becomes, eventually leading to the demise of the writer himself.

Despite the seemingly unconventional method of storytelling, Tom Ford does an extraordinary job in ensuring each scene sinks seamlessly into the next, regardless of any time difference that may occur between them.

Amy Adams also does a stunning job in pulling off what is probably one her most complicated characters yet; an art curator who has more money than sense, and is herself, a nocturnal animal.