Monday, 23 February 2015

Oscars 2015: Winners and Losers

That's a wrap! The Academy Awards are done for another year and, as usual, there are a whole host of winners and losers to chat about. Here are some of my thoughts on the 87th Oscars...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Film Review: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending is an entirely original space opera from the Wachowski siblings, the visionary duo behind sci-fi classics such as The Matrix, The Matrix sequels? Hmm...

Anyway, Jupiter Ascending sees Mila Kunis play Jupiter Jones, a toilet-scrubbing nobody who is whisked away on an colourful adventure by the roguish Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) so that she can take her place on an intergalactic throne.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Film Review: Whiplash

"Parker! Get me pictures of Buddy Rich!" (that's a drumming joke - ba dum tish!)

Whiplash is a Best Picture-nominated drama about Andrew (Miles Teller), a gifted drummer who enrols at a prestigious music school in New York. It's here that he encounters Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons), a fearsome conductor who terrorises his students and always strives for the best.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Oscars 2015: My Predictions

It's that time of year again! Awards season culminates this weekend with the Academy Awards, Hollywood's night of nights. 

Boyhood and Birdman are the front-runners, but The Grand Budapest Hotel, Still Alice, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and The Imitation Game are likely to go away with something in the bag too. So, this can only mean one thing - a frenetic session of wildly stabbing in the dark at who'll win what!

Seriously, I do this every year and never seem to get anything right.

Anyway, highlighted in orange is my prediction for who will win a particular category; those highlighted in purple are who I'd personally like to see win in an ideal world (if applicable). I've also put some comments on who and why below some of the categories. I haven't covered every category because I'm not expert on everything and, let's be honest, who gives a crap about something like Best Makeup and Hairstyling?!

Anyway, let's roll up our sleeves and dive right in...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Film Review: Kingsman - The Secret Service

"Hey bruv - the name's Bond, James Bond - ya get me?"

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a film from director Matthew Vaughan, the man behind X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass.

It sees newcomer Taron Egerton play Eggsy, a troublemaker given the chance of making something of himself by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a smartly-dressed secret agent on a mission to save the world from a maniacal super villain (Samuel L. Jackson).

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Film Review: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is the story of Stephen Hawking, one of the most celebrated physicists of the 20th Century, and his wife Jane. 

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (both of whom are Oscar-nominated for this film), it sees the duo journey through adversity and hardship as the famed scientist is struck by motor neurone disease at the young age of 21.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Film Review: What If

Valentine's Day means one thing - rom-coms! Earlier in the week I reviewed Playing It Cool, and up next was What If, a cute little film starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. 

It's about two friends who can't figure out if they want to go further - so, how does it stack up?

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Film Review: The Interview

The Interview is a controversial comedy from writer/director duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen - it sees James Franco and Rogen himself play two civilians tasked with assassinating the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, after landing an interview with the famed dictator. 

After causing a bit of a ruckus over Christmas, The Interview has now landed in Australian cinemas - so, is the fuss justified or is the whole thing something of a storm in a teacup?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Casting Call: Spider-man

If you haven't heard by now, where've you been? Sony have struck a deal with the guys over at Marvel Studios for their most valuable property, Spider-man, to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.

That's right, the famous web-slinger will be going toe-to-toe with RDJ's Tony Stark and Chris Evans' Captain America - for realsies this time. It's thought that the new Spider-man will be another reboot that retools the character from the version seen in Marc Webb's divisive Amazing Spider-man series.

But, before we see we see any new Spidey action, there are certain bridges to cross - namely, who'll be playing Peter Parker himself (other than Andrew Garfield that is). Therefore, this post contains my thoughts on who should don the red and blue lycra for Spidey's latest foray to the big screen.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Film Review: Playing It Cool

It's nearly Valentine's Day, and that can mean only one thing - rom-coms! My first for the month of February is Playing It Coola cute indie rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michele Monaghan and Aubery Plaza. 

It's about an author (Evans) who struggles to believe in love until he meets the perfect girl (Monaghan) - except, she's already taken. 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Film Review: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is the chilling true story of three men on a collision course - fuelled by a passion for wrestling and the desire to succeed, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and billionaire tycoon John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) are all training hard for the 1988 Seoul Olympics when but their conflicting ideals set them on a path for disaster.


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