Hollywood, California, is a city which is deeply ingrained in our consciousness. The word ‘Hollywood’ invokes images of sun-scorched studios, rolling film projectors, red carpets and of course, that iconic sign, loudly broadcasting the region’s consequence to the planet. This … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Hollywood The Weinstein allegations are indicative of wider fractures within Hollywood. But how did a small farming village become the centre of showbiz and glamour – and can it regain that past prestige?
This famous catchphrase hails from the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon, brought to the silver screen in the thrilling 1995 adaptation from Ron Howard. Two days into the voyage, an equipment failure crippled the vessel and plunged … Continue reading The Power of the Catchphrase: “Houston, we have a problem.” With that interplanetary silence only punctuated by the buzzing of alarm systems, Tom Hanks delivers the chilling, immortal message.
Stratton is the newest film from Simon West, which seeks to emulate the spy-thriller genre that has given the Bond and Bourne franchises such so much success. Despite being a new entrant into the genre, based on the books by … Continue reading Stratton Review Is it up to scratch for 007 types?
Death Note is one of Netflix’s newest releases, hijacking Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s original Japanese manga and scaling it down into a hundred minute snapshot of what could have been. Although the plot of this hamfisted retelling … Continue reading Death Note Review An adaptation that shrinks away from central ideas
●●●●○ The newest film in the Pixar’s Cars franchise, Cars 3 seeks to come full oval, as Lightning McQueen, the veteran of motor racing, suddenly begins to feel his irrelevancy. A newer, sleeker, and incredibly uniform generation of racers bursts … Continue reading Another One? Cars 3 – review
Dir. Edgar Wright Staring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm Out Now In our latest head-to-head review, Will Abbott and Graham Kelly argue whether Baby Driver is worth the hype. Will’s View: “The best action film since Mad Max: … Continue reading Head-to-Head: does Baby Driver live up to the hype?
The original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starring a young Harrison Ford, is widely considered to be the greatest example of the neo-noir sci-fi genre. The 1982 film’s dark, enveloping atmosphere, unique landscapes and characters, and complex scope … Continue reading A Look Forward to “Blade Runner 2049”
The curiously-titled My Life as a Courgette is an enigma. The childlike, colourful stop motion animation belies a plot discussing dark, solemn topics, including alcoholism, child abuse, and foster home care – not your usual blockbuster material indeed. An Oscar-nominated … Continue reading Animation for the Ages: My Life as a Courgette – Review
●●●●○ In cinemas now A unique release from Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial), Colossal captures audiences with an undeniably original concept, on a shoestring budget for a major release. Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises), … Continue reading Something Weird This Way Comes: Colossal – Review
●●●●○ Appealing to both casual movie-goers and comic book superfans alike, DC’s Wonder Woman, (with sterling direction by Patty Jenkins), stands apart from the abundance of superhero films bursting into theatres recently. Wonder Woman immediately eases the audience into the … Continue reading Something for Everyone: Wonder Woman – review