Friday, 28 November 2014

Meddling with Middle-Earth (VOR)



The release date for Peter Jackson’s final foray into Middle-Earth is fast approaching with the highly anticipated film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, premiering this December. 

With that in mind, my personal friend (and first-time guest blogger) - Daniel Jauk - decided it was time to look back at previous instalments in The Hobbit trilogy and weigh up what worked, as well as what didn't and why.

Even though Dan's a big fan of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (particularly the extended editions), he does have something of an axe to grind when it comes to The Hobbit trilogy (we're looking at you, character development).

So, without further ado, let's delve once more into the depths of Middle-Earth. Take it away, Daniel!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Film Review: The Double



The Double is a comedy/thriller movie from Maurice Moss Richard Ayoade, the creative brain behind 2011's Brit indie flick, Submarine

It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Yasmin Paige and Noah Taylor. Prepare to be bemused - and maybe not in a good way.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Politics, Ideology, and the Hunger Games (VOR)



Young adult films often get a lot of shit for being bland, derivative and aimed squarely at teens, but one film franchise stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to having something to say. To me, The Hunger Games has always had an intriguing social and political undercurrent to its narrative, and nowhere is that more evident that in the latest instalment, Mockingjay Part 1

So, with this in mind, is it about time we start taking these films more seriously?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Film Review: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Pt 1



Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer
Runtime: 125 minutes

"If we burn, you burn with us"

The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 is the third instalment in the wildly popular young adult film franchise, and it sees our hero, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) thrust to the forefront of a full-blown uprising. It's a grim, uncompromising and somewhat uneven entry - but it works, delivering another stand-out YA film destined for the big bucks.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My Hometown Blogathon



Home is where the heart is - Caz over at Let's Go To The Movies is hosting her first ever blogathon, and it's all about sharing the defining features of our home towns. 

It's pretty simple - just a quick post detailing the big names, films and shows that've sprung from your town, whether they be international megastars or someone more locally-known.

Whilst I was born in Bristol, England, my family moved out to Perth, Australia in 2008. So, I figured I'd centre my post around that. Also, it's a lot harder to drum up examples for Perth - pretty much everyone knows a bunch of people and shows from Bristol. So, here's my 101 on movies in Perth. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Film Review: The Imitation Game



The Imitation Game is the story of Alan Turing, a socially-awkward professor and mathematician who becomes the key to defeating the Germans during World War II by solving the Enigma Code.

Directed by Morton Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this gorgeously crafted period piece is an early frontrunner in the Oscar race and excels across the board.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Film Review: John Wick



Sad Keanu is a thing of the past - this is Mad Keanu. 

Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist and Adrianne Palacki, John Wick is the most stylish and badass action movie of 2014. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Film Review: Let's Be Cops



Let's Be Cops is buddy-cop comedy with a twist - these dudes ain't cops. Starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr as two thirty-somethings going nowhere in life who decide to pose as police officers, Let's Be Cops has a cool premise that struggles to extend beyond the first half-hour.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Verdict: Doctor Who Series 8



Doctor Who Series 8 saw the show break new ground - with a new, grumpier Doctor at the helm, the BBC's flagship sci-fi show plunged into darker, and grimier territory across 12 stellar episodes. From a spider-infested Moon base to Robin Hood and his band of merry men, here is my verdict on Doctor Who Series 8. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Rank the Films: Christopher Nolan


As any regular reader of this blog will know, lists are pretty darn nifty. I have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order of bad to good.

This month, I'm looking at the complete filmography of Christopher Nolan, a director considered to be one of the best directors currently working today. 

From his breakout hit Memento to the Dark Knight trilogy and his latest release Interstellar, Nolan's distinctive style has certainly left an impact on modern day cinema, with his fingerprints and influence resonating across genre and mediums. 

So, without further ado, let's dive straight in - this is every Nolan film ranked worst to best. Did your favourite reach the top? Read on...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Film Review: Interstellar


Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain
Runtime: 169 minutes

Space, the final frontier. After tackling magicians, vigilantes and dream thieves, Christopher Nolan is blasting off into the black void of nothingness for his latest movie, Interstellar

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