Jim Mackney

Jim Mackney

I am 26 year old freelance audio visual creative and writer. My writing includes film criticism and sports writing. I am also a Media Studies teacher and have been teaching at an inner-city London school for the last four years.

Midsommar: So-so Scandi shocker

Midsommar: So-so Scandi shocker

★★★☆☆ Midsommar is writer/director Ari Aster’s follow up to his debut smash hit, Hereditary. Hereditary focused on family life and the horrors that begin at home with guilt and resentment boiling over, descending into a grisly nightmare. Here with Midsommar, Aster serves up a similar affair but instead of a...

Film Review: Cold Pursuit

Film Review: Cold Pursuit

Liam Neeson may have blighted his career with the admittance of his “rape revenge” anecdote and in truth, it does sour the viewing of Cold Pursuit, a film with a plot built near solely on revenge… The Norwegian Hans Peter Moland directs ‘Cold Pursuit’, remaking his own 2014 film In...

Film Review: Alita – Battle Angel

Film Review: Alita – Battle Angel

Growing up, my understanding of Robert Rodriguez films consisted solely of Spy Kids. I did not watch Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn or subsequently Sin City or Machete. I suppose his work is a cultural blind spot for me but in truth I felt let down by Spy Kids, the...

Film Review: Assassination Nation

Film Review: Assassination Nation

If you splice Mean Girls, Spring Breakers and Tarantino levels of blood together you end up with Assassination Nation. Focusing on how the suburban enclave of Salem “loses its motherfucking mind”, after a mysterious hacker divulges the town’s deepest, darkest secrets online. Sam Levinson’s film starts off with its pedal to floor and doesn’t relent for a dizzying 110 minutes. The fatal trigger for the town is...

Film Review: First Man

The opening to First Man is an intense, dizzying few minutes which you hope is a dream sequence as it cannot be real life. The sound is deafening, the rickety nature of the X15 aircraft Armstrong is flying, brought home with full force as he ascends further into the atmosphere than intended. Although we know how First Man ends this is a glimpse...

TIFF 2018 – First Look Review: Retrospekt

Retrospekt is a drama from director Esther Rots, which comes nearly 10 years after her 2009 debut, Can Go Through Skin. The plot follows, Mette (Circé Lethem) a social worker who specialises in supporting female victims of domestic abuse, and her descent into danger by getting too close to a case she...

Film Review: The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders is the first feature film presentation from the production company, Henson Alternative, a relatively new arm of the Henson Company and it is a shame that the first feature length film to come from them is a woefully unfunny, cold picture where the initial humour wears off...

Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

Name three action film heroes? You probably went for… Bond, Bourne and McClane. Or maybe The Rock? Perhaps however it is time to re-consider Ethan Hunt. Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt since 1996. 22 years and six films later we arrive at Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Surely this once...

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