Looking Back: The Dark Knight Rises

This was amongst one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2012.  It is following one of the most talked-about sequels in recent years and marks the end of an era for comic-book fans (in some ways). The Dark Knight Rises follows eight years after The Dark Knight and Gotham City has become a city of peace.  Having hung up the cape, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has turned … Continue reading Looking Back: The Dark Knight Rises

REVIEW: Al Pacino – The Movies Behind The Man by Mark Searby

One of my favourite films of all time is The Godfather and it is strange to think that legendary actor Al Pacino was almost not cast as the intimidating Michael Corleone – a role that propelled him into superstardom. So when fellow film critic and writer Mark Searby asked me to read his book, Al Pacino – The Movies Behind The Man, I was intrigued. … Continue reading REVIEW: Al Pacino – The Movies Behind The Man by Mark Searby

REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

With one directorial feature under his belt, director and screenwriter Theodore Melfi is making his mark in Hollywood with his second feature, which celebrates diversity and scientific achievements among women. Hidden Figures focuses on three African-American mathematicians – Katherine Jackson (Taraji. P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) – and their contributions to Nasa’s Friendship 7 space mission, which saw John … Continue reading REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’

When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in 2014 from combined drug intoxication, film fans remember his subtle genius in his performances.  Even though he has been celebrated for his later roles, the performance that resonates with me the most is his turn as the late rock journalist, Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. But, with Bangs also being a victim of an overdose … Continue reading Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’

Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

There was a time where horror films were not all about torture porn, found-footage or demonic possessions – this was a time when the genre was less indulgent in killing people. Francis Ford Coppola is known for his epic productions, such as The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979), but after the intense criticism from The Godfather III (1990), his next project is to direct an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic … Continue reading Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

Looking Back – Pre-Halloween Special: ‘The Woman in Black’ (1989)

My first memories of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black were not from the long-running stage play nor the film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Instead, my first memories of the classic ghost story were through the TV spots for the UK adaptation that were so chilling, they caused many sleepless nights. First broadcast on Christmas Eve 1989, though rarely repeated since, The Woman in Black stars Adrian Rawlins as Arthur … Continue reading Looking Back – Pre-Halloween Special: ‘The Woman in Black’ (1989)

REVIEW: Doctor Strange – 4/5 stars

It is now a troubling time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the events in Age of Ultron and Civil War, the Avengers are no more and what’s worse, new characters such as Ant-Man, Black Panther and Spider-Man 3.0 are effectively left in limbo until around 2017-18. Until then, Marvel brings out the second feature in the third phase – Doctor Strange, the latest origins … Continue reading REVIEW: Doctor Strange – 4/5 stars