A friend of mine has a horse that goes by the name of Gatsby. Having never read the book The Great Gatsby, I simply assumed that the plot was something akin to War Horse! Alas, it became apparent within the first 20 minutes that no horses were involved in this story. At all. That made me a little sad. I thought it would be a very timely riposte to the Tesco food scandal, but alas, no.
What do you get if you cross Sin City with The Untouchables and add a pinch of L.A Confidential? I’m not too certain, to be honest, but that would be one hell of a movie! For now, however, Gangster Squad is the closest you can get to a mash-up of those three films. More >
Zombies. Those bloody, shuffling, groaning, infected dead people may not be real but they’ve certainly lived up to their dominating and ravenous reputation in the way in which they’ve conquered the film industry. There are approximately 56 billion films (statistics may not be 100% accurate) that feature zombies as the main focus and Warm Bodies adds to the pile.
Before J.J Abrams brought us Star Trek back in 2009, the franchise had become stale and tired. So, like most continuations these days, the way forward seemed to be to go back and start again. That’s what Abrams did and we were treated to a fantastic new vision of the sci-fi classic. Could Into Darkness prove that it’s a direction that has longevity?
Netflix can be a rather bemusing place at times. Its library is filled with bizarre films from all around the world that no one has ever heard of and you just know that the majority of them aren’t going to be any good. There are obviously some of the all time greats mixed into the service as well but more often than not the chances are you opt to watch a TV series. More >
Hands up who would like to watch a couple of hours of nothing but Morgan Freeman? I know I would. Purveyor of fine performances and now at a legendary status, his back catalogue is nothing sort of exemplary Guaranteed to put in a fine performance. In Olympus Has Fallen, the same applies. Freeman is excellent, providing the best line of dialogue in the whole film in a way only he can. Sadly, this highlights everything that is broken with this movie and it is very, very broken.
The character Jack Reacher in the series of well known action novels is 6’5” tall, with a 50 inch chest, weighing 250 pounds. So, which bright spark was it then who thought casting Tom Cruise for this role was a good idea? At a pitiful 3’4” (may not be factual), pint-sized Cruise has a lot to live up to.
The Hunt. Just think about that title for a second. What could “The Hunt” connotate? Google the definition of “Hunt” and the first explanation is “Pursue and kill (a wild animal) for sport or food.” Then have a look at the front cover of the film case. The lead is Mads Mikkelsen who is better known for being the villain in Casino Royale (with the bleeding eye). Not only that, but it’s a pretty sinister portrait.
Danny Boyle’s career is awash with creativity, individuality and a sense of purpose scarcely seen in modern cinema, with the exception of very few. He’s won BAFTAs, Oscars, Golden Globes and many more thanks to films such as Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.
Sightseers is the third film from Ben Wheatley – the man behind the brilliant and bizarre Kill List – so, if you’re familiar with either that or Down Terrace, you’ll know that Sightseers, at least, will probably contain dark humour, violence and a little bit of bat shit mental. I can safely say that it has huge amounts of all three.