10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


10 Cloverfield Lane is – among other things – a piece of marketing genius. Originally conceived under the title of The Cellar, JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot noticed thematic similarities to Cloverfield and changed the title to reflect this. Suddenly, a movie which could very easily have come out and been completely ignored had a bit of buzz behind it. Dan Trachtenberg’s debut film was all set to be a hit.

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Trumbo (2016)


Hollywood self-reflection is always a bit strange.  When the vapidest of places turns the camera on itself, you never quite know what to expect.  So a film detailing the period where they turned so anti-communist that they created the infamous blacklist (which prevented communists from working) and even had several prominent communists chucked in jail, is even stranger.  But that is where Trumbo takes us.  With, unsurprisingly, particular focus on Dalton Trumbo, the writer of films like Roman Holiday and Spartacus and one of the biggest critics of said list.

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