Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Voice of Reason #2: 80's remakes

Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future (1985)

For the past few years there has been a growing trend in Hollywood. Find a much-treasured film that audiences loved when they were younger (most likely made in the seventies or eighties) give it a fresh-coat of paint, a 21st Century spin and sit back and watch the dollars roll in (most of the time anyway).

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Film Review: The Muppets

Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Walter, Kermit and Fozzie in The Muppets

Back on the big screen for the first time since Muppets from Space in 1999, The Muppets is a brilliant return to form for the gang as they manage to recapture the magic that has worked for nearly 50 years. Where the film works best though is in appealing to the current generation of children who are used to occupying their time with Nintendo, Ben 10 and Pixar.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

First Impressions: New Girl

The cast of Fox's New Girl

Sitcom's come and go all the time, from the brilliant Friends and hilarious Seinfeld to the not so brilliant and not so hilarious others *cough* $h*! My Dad Says *cough*. Problem is, there are so many flooding our screens every year, it can be easy to lose some brilliant gems hidden beneath the weight of the rest. For example, sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory take they're time to establish themselves whilst the original British The Office passed relatively un-noticed before achieving cult status later on.

Latest out of the blocks and vying for our attention is Fox's New Girl starring quirky and cute indie film star Zooey Deschanel. Premiering on American screens back in September last year, New Girl garnered a lot of attention with a pilot episode that drew an audience of over 10 million viewers.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My Top 5 Albums of 2011

2011 was a stellar year for music. Big names returning and new ones emerging, 2011 saw some brilliant records released by some incredible talents. Here is my pick of the best.

Friday, 20 January 2012

My Top 5 Films of 2011

Chris Hemsworth as Thor
With 2012 well under way, I felt it a good time to look back over the last 12 months and highlight which films really stood out for me and which I enjoyed the most.

Voice of Reason #1: Cinema Classics

Citizen Kane (1941)

I didn't like Apocalypse Now. There I said it. "Whoa there" said my father, "how can you not like Apocalypse Now! It's a classic!"


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