Films to Look Forward to: 2016

So, a new year of films is among us.  But what to watch? This little guide will help 🙂 January 1/1 Joy 8/1 Hateful Eight 15/1 Creed, Dragon Blade, Ip Man 3, The Revenant, Room 22/1 The Assassin, The Big Short 29/1 Spotlight, Youth February 5/2 Trumbo 10/2 Deadpool 12/2 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 19/2 Bone Tomahawk March 4/3 Hail, Caesar! 11/3 Anomalisa, Kung Fu Panda … Continue reading Films to Look Forward to: 2016

Big Hero 6 – 4/5 stars

The move was inevitable.  Since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, an animated film featuring Marvel characters became a widely anticipated project and after the release of Frozen and its subsequent global domination, it is evident that the studio’s follow-on project had some large shoes to fill.  So Disney’s reaction? Make a superhero film focussing on two brothers and a squishy, inflatable robot. Big Hero … Continue reading Big Hero 6 – 4/5 stars

Fifty Shades of Grey – 3/5 stars

This is a tricky one to review.  While Fifty Shades of Grey has been a phenomenal success, as well as boosted the sales of Kindles, it has been criticised for its bad writing, suggested themes of domestic abuse and an inaccurate viewpoint on the taboo world of BDSM. Given that a film adaptation was a certainty, the hype around the production is immense – negative … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey – 3/5 stars

Birdman – 5/5 stars

When going into 2015, this is one of the films that I have been waiting for with baited breath.  After a couple of missed opportunities at press and surprise screenings, the new film by 21 Grams and Amores Perros director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  Yet it reminds me of a Queen song…blame New Year’s celebrations. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) follows ageing actor Riggan … Continue reading Birdman – 5/5 stars

Video: Guardians of the Galaxy Global Press Conference

For those who know me on social media (and in real life!), I have been going on about this event for weeks and the fact that I was filming it. So, with around three different video capture devices in my bag (flip camera, iPad and mobile phone), I attended the global press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy and bagged a front-row seat. This unfortunately … Continue reading Video: Guardians of the Galaxy Global Press Conference

Blue Ruin – 4.5/5 stars

In films, the quest for vengeance is never a smooth one, but it is always suspenseful and engaging viewing – this is what Blue Ruin delivers.  As the second feature film by the relatively unknown writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, it effectively adopts a simple yet gripping tale of revenge of violence. Wanderer Dwight (Macon Blair) prefers to live in his car and eat scraps, effectively living … Continue reading Blue Ruin – 4.5/5 stars

The Raid 2 – 5/5 stars

Apologies for the belated post.  Ever since taking up an extra writing gig, it seems I have even less time in the world to blog about the world of film.  I haven’t commented on the Academy Awards (safe choices), the mass of films that I’ve seen since the New Year (Wolf of Wall Street, The LEGO Movie, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain America, Svengali to name … Continue reading The Raid 2 – 5/5 stars

12 Years a Slave – 3.5/5 stars

Everyone has been talking about it and in the last few days, all I have been seeing on Twitter is how great this film.  So blaming on the social media hype, I watched this week’s offering with high hopes.  Only upon watching it, it has almost put me in an unfamiliar state of indifference. 12 Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave – 3.5/5 stars