Author Archives: Sam Sewell-Peterson

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.

Review: Peterloo (2018)

I’m fully behind everything PETERLOO as a film stands for, and with individual liberties under threat ever more stories like this have become vital. Unfortunately I found the the manner in which Mike Leigh tells this story deeply frustrating. Lancashire, … Continue reading

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

This isn’t just another war documentary, it’s an important historical document. Despite the upsetting imagery, I sincerely hope it’s shown in schools to acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War’s end. Peter Jackson has really pulled out the stops … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Hereditary (2018)

Is HEREDITARY a good film? Yes. A good horror film? Not so much. I love that we see plenty of examples of the genre that don’t just rely on jump scares now, but you’ve got to offer true fear junkies … Continue reading

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Halloween Retrospective: Universal Frankenstein (As Played by Karloff)

I know quite a bit about Universal Horror. I wrote my Masters dissertation on it a few years back. This Halloween, I thought I’d look back at my favourite series within this cycle, FRANKENSTEIN. I know they made more than … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Is anyone in denial about what a versatile actor Aubrey Plaza is? Well you shouldn’t be. From deadpan brilliance in SCOTT PILGRIM and PARKS AND RECREATION to charismatic psychopathy in LEGION and now her most pained, nuanced and challenging role … Continue reading

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Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

Sometimes the simplest premises have the most memorable results. I don’t think A QUIET PLACE is a game-changer for the horror or sci-fi genres, but it is very good at what it does. It also makes me want to see … Continue reading

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Review: First Man (2018)

We all know this story. If you were alive for the Moon Landing then you watched it, if you weren’t then you’ve still seen the footage. With FIRST MAN, Damien Chazelle explores the cost and the impact of getting the … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: I Kill Giants (2017/18)

I KILL GIANTS is worth watching for many reasons, but one of the simpler pleasures on offer is the offhand way a character says the line “My older brother was misbegotten”. It feels like A MONSTER CALLS meets BRIDGE TO … Continue reading

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Review: Journeyman (2017/18)

I really don’t know how he does it. TYRANNOSAUR singled Paddy Considine out as a filmmaker to watch, one with a clear and distinct voice all his own. But apparently just writing and directing just didn’t quite satisfy his creative … Continue reading

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Review: Venom (2018)

VENOM is a bad movie. I shock you, I know. It’s not the worst SPIDER-MAN movie ever, but that’s mostly because Marvel Studios wouldn’t let Sony rent Spidey back for a cameo. The scant lip service they’re allowed to give … Continue reading

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