Author Archives: Oscar Stainton

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is Guillermo Del Toro’s newest fantasy visual tour de force, tinged with a wistful fairytale mysticism. Hewing from a variety of “monster and maiden” stories like Beauty and the Beast in themes and character, and classic creature pictures like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Del Toro succeeds at creating a touching story of love […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is probably one of the most vigorous examples of a “pleasant surprise” film-going experience in recent memory. What started out as a movie pegged by fans of the original Jumanji to be a shallow cash-grab and an insult, and hampered by some very aggravating trailers, not only turns out to be a […]

All The Money in the World

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Okay, let me get this off my chest right now: Ridley Scott is a goddamn bad-ass. To touch briefly on the Kevin Spacey situation that broke out in the latter half of last year, this film had to either sink or swim based on Scott’s ability to reshoot all the crucial scenes with Spacey as […]


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Jumanji is one of those family films that left a profound impact on me as a kid, largely due to the premise of a magical board game that unleashes wild animals and other jungle terrors into the real world. It was also down to the charisma of late leading man Robin Williams. As I return to […]

Hallowed Halls of Horror

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Van Helsing

What is it with Universal Pictures not being able to properly revive their classic Monster Universe? The most recent and heavily panned iteration of The Mummy to kick-start the “Dark Universe” serves as a reminder that they’ve had one consistent problem. All these attempted all focused on action and spectacle rather than atmosphere, suspense and […]

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