Thursday 31 October 2013

Laugh it up, Fuzzball! - What We Want To See In Star Wars Ep. VII

On October 30th last year, the Internet went into meltdown. This isn't a rare occurrence of course; almost any slightly controversial news sends Twitter into instant disarray (think Miley Cyrus twerking into history at the VMA's, Ben Affleck being cast as Batman), but this was bigger than any of that. 

For millions of movie fans across the world, the news that Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars exploded out of nowhere. All of a sudden we faced the horrific prospect of more Jar Jar, more disappointment and more mislaid expectation. I have a bad feeling about this, many would cheekily remark.

Of course, the immense hyperbole surrounding the announcement has since died down. For the last year, a steady stream of news and rumour has trickled across blogs, forums and internet columns; Star Wars Episode VII (the first in a new trilogy) may in fact not suck after all.

In order to mark the date, I decided to put together a list of everything I want to see/be included from the next Star Wars film; there is seemingly little that will stop me from getting excited for more Star Wars movies. After all, it can't possibly be as bad as Phantom Menace, can it? CAN IT?

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Film Review: Prisoners

Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Prisoners, a gripping drama/thriller by director Denis Villeneuve that depicts a nightmare situation for any parent; the disappearance and abduction of a child. 

Sunday 20 October 2013

Film Review: About Time

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson star in About Time, a Richard Curtis-directed romantic comedy about love, life and time travel. Hankies at the ready ladies, hankies at the ready...

Sunday 13 October 2013

60 Second Film Reviews #8

Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a regular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally couldn't be arsed didn't find time to write a proper review for. 

This month we have G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Internship and The Heat.

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Film Review: Runner Runner

"Staring contest, GO!"

Runner Runner is a Costa Rican-set, high-stakes thriller, centred around online gambling and addiction. It has all the ingredients for an intense, stylish and gripping film anchored by real-world issues. Couple this with a sexy and hip cast including Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie and you'd expect it to hit the jackpot, right? Errr, not really.

Monday 7 October 2013

Film Review: Turbo

Dreamwork's follows-up their highly-successful prehistoric romp The Croods with this cute, family-friendly caper Turbo. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena and Samuel L. Jackson, Turbo isn't Dreamwork's best effort by a long way, but it is certainly a good romp for kids this school holidays.

Sunday 6 October 2013

Film Review: Rush

Gentlemen, start your engines
Formula One is a sport rife with Hollywood narratives that contain all the drama and action to amaze on the big screen. And yet, 2011's Senna aside, silver screen success has always eluded the sport, with Ron Howard's Rush being one of the first major motion pictures to be primarily centred on Formula One. And boy is it good.

Thursday 3 October 2013

Film Review: Gravity

Get ready to start believing the hype; Alfonso Cuaron's new sci-fi thriller Gravity is easily one of the best movies you will see this year. Start planning a NASA spacesuit costume for your next Oscars' party...


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