12 Years a Slave
Drama / Films

12 Years a Slave

McQueen’s films are occasionally difficult to watch; taking an unflinching and quasi-documentary approach to their lurid, bordering on body-horror styled subject matter. Considering the director’s relative newcomer status, McQueen’s first two movies – 2008’s Hunger and 2011’s Shame – garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, with viewers praising McQueen’s measured directing and his mature … Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Action/Adventure / Films

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Unlike Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was almost universally praised, reactions towards his Hobbit movies have been mixed. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, received its share of average to negative reviews, with some critics finding the movie overlong, self-indulgent, and most damning of all, boring. And honestly, it’s hard not to agree with these views.The … Continue reading