Ashton Brown

Wrong Turn

The year is 2003. I am 16 years old. Eliza Dushku is at the height of her popularity and trashy horrors about red-neck, inbred hillbillies are making a resurgence in the new millennium with plenty of gore and very few teeth. The original Wrong Turn was a fairly predictable but enjoyable brainless horror featuring the classic horror villains introduced by films like Deliverance, The Hills Have Eyes...

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

While the world has their eyes on Cyberpunk 2077, Ashton has been having a ball in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla! Check out his video review above. Just so you know, all of this footage was captured on a PS4. 🎮 Reviewer: Ashton Brown ✂️ Editor: Jaz Witheford

Older

The Kiwi film Older has been popping in and out of my industry periphery over the past few years. Given the size of the NZ film and TV industry, the film’s progress has often popped up on my Facebook feed and a few people I either know or know of have been involved in it in some capacity. So I was delighted to finally have the opportunity to sit down and watch it.  Older was filmed back...

Keep Calm & Carrion

Playing as the bad guy has always been an interesting and appealing approach to gaming. Whether it’s obvious you’re the bad guy from the get go or a twist at the end that leaves your jaw on the ground (and there are a few amazing games that spring this on you in the final few moments of the game but I won’t spoil them here!), there is always something extremely appealing about gaming as a villain....

Doctor Sleep

While everyone was eagerly awaiting the arrival of It: Chapter Two (an overly long, only slightly above average sequel), I was getting myself hyped up for writer/director Mike Flanagan’s sequel to The Shining – Dr Sleep. The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favourite shows of all time and Flanagan has quietly been working away on an ever-growing catalogue of horror/dramas to go along with...

Death Stranding: Ashton’s spoiler-free review!

For almost three decades, Hideo Kojima has pretty much been known solely for the Metal Gear franchise. Hailed as one of the most unique game series of all time in terms of writing, execution and gameplay, Kojima made a mark on the gaming industry as somewhat of a gaming auteur with such a unique approach to storytelling and gameplay that his games superseded single genres. Known for intensely long...

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

I have been reviewing for the crew at Pretty Much Geeks for over a year now and this is the most nervous I have felt about reviewing a film in all that time. As a member of the performing arts industry myself, offering feedback on such a prolific writer and filmmaker such as Quentin Tarantino is super intimidating. He is such an assured artist, with such a specific style and everything he does, re...

Annabelle Comes Home

Writer Gary Dauberman has certainly got some impressive writing credits under his belt. Having penned the screenplay for both It (2017) and the eagerly anticipated It Chapter Two along with all the previous Annabelle films in The Conjuring universe, means he certainly has the experience and, to an extent, proven track record to make a good movie. Annabelle Comes Home is the screenwriter’s fi...

Child’s Play

As the Pretty Much Geeks’ unofficial horror geek, I was delighted to go along to an advanced screening of Child’s Play – a sort of reboot for the modern era of the 80’s black comedic classic (which admittedly I don’t think I had even seen in its entirety). This film had all the required ingredients for a horrifically funny film – Aubrey Plaza, a doll that kills people...

Dark Crimes

In my late teens I was introduced to one of Jim Carrey’s first movies – Copper Mountain. This one hour long nightmare of a comedy/music film is a complete disaster and is one of those “so bad it’s good” movies we used to watch and quote over a few beers. Think The Room but without the cult success and starring someone who actually went on to be a massively impressive actor. Carrey’s fi...

Godzilla II: King of Monsters

The Godzilla mythos has been around in Japanese cinema since it first came out in 1954. Building up a huge fan base made up of both Japanese and Western audiences, the 35 Godzilla films have seen popularity continue to grow right through into the modern cinema era. Godzilla II: King of Monsters (also known as simply Godzilla: King of Monsters) is only the 3rd Godzilla film made by a Hollywood film...

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is an odd little film indeed. Assembling an amazing comedic cast of Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson and Matt Berry, writer/director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) presents a strange, hilarious, awkward and just plain weird love story that is as eccentric as it is meaningful. Aubrey Plaza plays Lulu Danger, a woman in a marriage that...

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