Thursday 30 January 2014

Film Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is the untold tale behind one of the most cherished family movies ever made; determined to bring the character of Mary Poppins to the big screen, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) sets out to woo the books author, P.L. Travers, by whisking her over to Los Angeles to sign the rights to the character.

However, things don't go smoothly, with the hard-nosed English woman unimpressed by Disney, and the two butt heads over the movie.

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Top 5: Star Wars Spin-off Movies

The Internet has been abuzz in recent weeks with rumour that Star Wars fan favourite monosyllabic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is currently being tooled for a solo spin-off movie. 

And whilst nothing as been confirmed, the mere concept alone is simply mouth-watering. Boba is arguably the most bad-ass character in the franchise and a character-driven spin-off focusing on either his story prior to Empire Strikes Back or post-Sarlaac pit swallowing would be a real treat for die-hard fans of the Star Wars Universe.

However, Boba isn't the only character or story with depths to be plumbed and back story to be explored. In this edition of Top 5, I take a look at other characters or Star Wars stories that should get their own spin-off movie. And no, Jar Jar is not one of them. As if that even needed saying...

Sunday 26 January 2014

Film Review: Philomena

A Best Picture-nominated dramedy starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena is a touching and heartfelt film driven by two fantastic lead performances and a great story that deals with themes of love, loss and forgiveness.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

60 Second Film Reviews #10

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 Red 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Mud

Sunday 19 January 2014

Film Review: Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit

Shadow Recruit is the long-mooted reboot of the popular Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, whom has a slightly messy cinematic past. The four-film 'franchise' has hopped through three different lead actors (from Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck) across the last twenty years. The last Jack Ryan film, The Sum of All Fears, came out in 2002. 

Now, with Kenneth Branagh at the helm and Chris Pine in the lead-role, Shadow Recruit brings the iconic character back to the big screen for a post-GFC, post-Bourne incarnation. And it is darn good.

Saturday 18 January 2014

Film Review: 47 Ronin

47 Ronin is a historical epic set in Feudal Japan; an isolated and mysterious land of shogun, samurai and katanas. Oh, and witches, demons and weird-ass snake dragons. Apparently. I don't know, I'm no historian.

Sunday 12 January 2014

Film Review: Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra received a fairly small cinema release upon arriving in Australia last year; unfortunately, this meant I never got the chance to sit down and review the thing. With the film now on DVD, here's my full length review of this touching and glitzy HBO-produced TV movie. 

Saturday 11 January 2014

Film Review: The Book Thief

An adaptation of Markus Zusak's much-loved novel of the same name, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl living in Nazi Germany who is sent to stay with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann before the outbreak of World War II.

Sunday 5 January 2014

Film Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller's latest directorial effort, an adaptation of James Thuber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hasn't been getting positive reviews; in fact, the uplifting tale of a downtrodden office worker who spends his days daydreaming is only just clinging onto a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Well, I'm here to tell you that they're wrong; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty isn't going to change your life or expand your mind, but it is worthy of your hard earned money. 

Saturday 4 January 2014

My 11 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

With 2013 well and truly behind us, I look forward to my most anticipated films of the coming 12 months. 2014 has some absolutely massive films scheduled for release; We've got action, comedy, drama, science-fiction and fantasy all on offer, so something for all cinematic tastes. What film are you looking forward to most in 2014?


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