Monday 28 April 2014

Film Review: Senna

"Racing, competing, is in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I've been doing it all my life. And it stands up before anything else"

In 2011, documentary film-maker Asif Kapadia released a biographic film of iconic Formula One driver Ayrton Senna's career, following his humble beginnings growing up in Sao Paulo to attaining near-mythical status and global notoriety upon his tragic death during the San Marino Grand Prix of 1994.

To honour the 20th anniversary of Senna's passing, I re-watched Kapadia's highly-acclaimed film once more. This is my review.

Friday 25 April 2014

Film Review: Transcendence

Transcendence is the directorial d├ębut from Wally Pfister, long-time cinematographer for Christopher Nolan. Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, Transcendence is a sci-fi drama centred on the notion of sentient artificial intelligences, and the dangers of technology. 

A cool concept, one rife with moral quandaries to be plumbed. Shame then, that the execution is so disappointingly lacking.

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Verdict: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

It might surprise you to hear this, but Tony Stark was not the biggest bad-ass in The Avengers. What about Steve Rogers? Loki? Nope. The answer is Agent Phil Coulson. The man, the myth, the legend. If you didn't get at least a little choked up when he bit the dust, well, you're probably dead inside.

Such is the characters' popularity, it should have seemed inevitable that he would be brought back from the dead and expanded upon; I mean, let's face it, nobody ever dies in comic-book world do they? At least not for long...

So, without further ado, here is my verdict on the first season of Marvel's new spin-off TV show, Agents of SHIELD.

Monday 21 April 2014

Film Review: Divergent

The latest in a long-line of young adult adaptations, Divergent is based on the first book in Veronica Roth's popular trilogy of the same name. 

So, what's on offer hear that we haven't seen before? Hunger Games-lite, as many have described it? Or the next big thing?

Friday 18 April 2014

Film Review: The Amazing Spider-man 2

Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones

Spider-man, Spider-man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves, just like flies, comes the Spider-man.

Now I have that off my chest, let's get on with it shall we? Rise of Electro is the sequel to 2012's Spidey reboot, Amazing Spider-man. So, what's the verdict - does this sequel live up to its 'amazing' namesake?

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Rank the Films: Spider-man

As any regular reader of feeling fuzzier will know, lists are pretty darn nifty. We 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. 

In this edition, I put the Spider-man films under the microscope - from Sam Raimi's superb Spider-man 2, to the much maligned third instalment *shudder*. What'll come out on top? Well, read on...

Monday 14 April 2014

Film Review: Muppets Most Wanted

"Oh no! Disaster! It looks like they've ordered a sequel!" cries the opening number from Muppets Most Wanted. Except, a disaster this is not. Far from it in fact, as this second film since their 2011 'rebirth' shows that the Muppets are back by popular demand for good reason.

Come on everybody, strike up the band. The Muppets are back, and this time they're doing a sequel.

Friday 11 April 2014

Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson's eighth directorial feature, and his most visually striking yet. A director known for his distinct colourful aesthetic and dark-tinged humour, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a riotous adventure full of Alpine hijinks, stolen artwork and squashed cats.

Monday 7 April 2014

Film Review: The Lego Movie

Lego. An innocent array of colourful cubes and infinite opportunity. Who hasn't been charmed by their addictive and inventive nature over the years?

It is apt therefore that this full-length motion picture all about the Danish-born blocks captures so perfectly this giddy sense of fun, imagination and playfulness we all know and love. When it comes to The Lego Movie, everything is awesome. 

Saturday 5 April 2014

Film Review: Captain America - The Winter Soldier

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson
Runtime: 136 minutes 

Captain America is back in his second solo outing, The Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans reprising his role as the Star Spangled Man alongside Scarlett Johansson's slinky Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, put simply The Winter Solider is the best superhero movie produced, across the board, since The Avengers

Thursday 3 April 2014

Marvel Month: Planning Phase 3

With Captain America: The Winter Solider hitting cinemas very soon, Marvel are well into their second 'Phase' of films. All leading up to next year's Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, Phase 2 has seen the studio continue its impressive run of form with box-office smash after box-office smash. 

Age of Ultron is going to be absolutely massive, we know that. It's a dead cert. But what then? What comes after Phase 2?

Well, for all the confirmed (and unconfirmed) news on Marvel's Phase 3 of film, read on...


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