The Blair Witch (2016)

Director: Adam Wingard Writer: Simon Barrett Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 29 Mins         A cultural milestone… Continue reading

The Neon Demon (2016 review)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham Cast: Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee Certificate: 18     Running Time: 1hr 58 Mins “Beauty isn’t everything.… Continue reading

A reflection on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (2016)

  Written and Directed by Terrence Malick Cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley           “Once there was a young prince whose father,… Continue reading

The journey to self-publishing my debut short story: ‘The Adversary’

My first short story ‘The Adversary’ has now been self-published as an Ebook and is available to download for FREE on Smashwords and many other sites including Apple (operates iBooks stores in 51 countries),… Continue reading

The Witch (2016) Review

  Written and Directed by Robert Eggers Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 32 Mins Cast: Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” Robert… Continue reading

The Revenant (2016) Review

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith, Michael Punke (novel) Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 36 Mins Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck   Iñárritu’s work has captured… Continue reading

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern Certificate: 15     Running Time: 3hr 7… Continue reading

The Voices: HMZ Film exclusively interviews screenwriter Michael Perry

The Voices is one of 2015’s stand out films (my full review here) and features in my top 20 of the year. I recently interviewed acclaimed producer and screenwriter of the film, Michael… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top Picks of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, here is a round up of all the films that struck a chord and continue to linger on the mind. There’s an eclectic blend of genres from… Continue reading

Bridge of Spies (2015) Review

Director: Steven Spielberg Writer: Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen  Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance  Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2 hr 21 Mins Spielberg builds a bridge over the murky waters of… Continue reading

Crimson Peak (2015) Review

Director: Guillermo Del Toro Writers: Guillermo Del Toro and Matthew Robbins Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 59 Mins ‘Ghosts are real, that much I know.… Continue reading

The Martian (2015) Review

Director: Ridley Scott Writers: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (novel) Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 22mins Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena     On our last fateful encounter… Continue reading

Irrational Man (2015) Review

Writer and Director: Woody Allen Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 35 Mins Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey   Irrational Man is a sumptuously gloomy comic thriller that rides… Continue reading

The Voices (2015) Review

Director: Marjane Satrapi Screenplay: Michael R. Perry Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 43 minutes Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver  Plot: A likable guy pursues his office crush with the advice of… Continue reading

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Director: Colin Trevorrow Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 4 Mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio Plot:… Continue reading

Lost River and Ryan Gosling Q+A (2015) Review

Huge anticipation has been simmering for Ryan Gosling’s feature debut, Lost River (formerly known as ‘How to Catch a Monster’) since it premiered at Cannes last year. The initial negativity from ‘critics’ felt… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top 20 of 2014

HMZ Film returns with a vengeance to look back at my cinematic highlights of 2014. Here are some honourable mentions which just missed out: Only Lovers Left Alive, The Canal, Cold in July, Coherence,… Continue reading

HMZ Film joins forces with HorrorTalk, quoted on The Babadook poster and Review round-up

Earlier this summer, I was delighted to take my ongoing relationship with HorrorTalk to the next level and become a fully fledged staff writer. It’s a privilege to represent the site at various film… Continue reading

Gone Girl (2014) Review

Director: David Fincher Writer: Gillian Flynn  Certificate: 18     Running Time: 2hr 29 Mins Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Plot: When Nick’s (Ben Affleck) wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears and becomes… Continue reading

The Guest (2014) Review

Director: Adam Wingard Writer: Simon Barrett Certificate: 15  Running Time: 1hr 39 Mins Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, Lance Reddick Plot: A soldier (David) turns up at… Continue reading

Boyhood (2014) Review

Director and Writer: Richard Linklater Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 45 Mins Plot: A family drama that follows a young boy,… Continue reading

Like Father, Like Son (2013) Review

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Rirî Furankî, Shôgen Hwang, Keita Ninomiya Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 1 Min Plot: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that… Continue reading

Godzilla (2014) Review

Director: Gareth Edwards Writers: Max Borenstein (screenplay) and Dave Callaham (story) Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 3 Mins Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins Plot: The king of monsters,… Continue reading

Blue Ruin: HMZ Film exclusively interviews star Macon Blair

The FIPRESCI prize winner Blue Ruin is one of the year’s stand out pieces of cinema. The film is a stark and gritty revenge thriller that satisfies the demand of genre fans whilst flirting with… Continue reading

Blue Ruin (2014) Review

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Writer: Jeremy Saulnier  Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 30 Mins Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson Plot: A mysterious man’s… Continue reading

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) Review

Director: Gareth Evans Writer: Gareth Evans Certificate: 18     Running Time: 2hr 30 Mins Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad Plot: Set a short time… Continue reading

Noah (2014) Review

  Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 18 Mins Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson Plot: A man is entrusted with the responsibility to… Continue reading

HMZ Film screams into a magazine near you!

Earlier this year I was pleased to announce that I joined the Scream Magazine team! Four HMZ Film articles have been published in the latest issue of Scream Magazine (Issue 23) which is… Continue reading

Under The Skin Q+A and Review (2014)

On March 15th 2014, HMZ Film attended a special Q+A screening of Under The Skin at the illustrious Hackney Picturehouse in East London. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with director… Continue reading

Her (2014) Review

Director: Spike Jonze Writer: Spike Jonze Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2 hr 6 Mins Plot: Set in a future world, a disenchanted writer Theodore… Continue reading