Saturday 29 August 2015

Film Review: The Gift

All it takes is for a simple word or phrase to burrow itself in your brain. Words can take hold of you, and consume you. Shape how you think, feel or live. It's this idea that makes Joel Edgerton's directorial debut, The Gift, so powerful and compelling.

Thursday 27 August 2015

Film Review: We Are Your Friends

If just the sound of ingredients like EDM, Zac Efron and valley girls makes your skin crawl, then We Are Your Friends probably isn't for you. But give it a chance at you may find that this film is better than you first thought.

Monday 24 August 2015

Film Review: Holding the Man

You’ve gotta admit, Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man has impeccable timing; arriving in cinemas amidst a nationwide tug-of-war on gay marriage, this delicate drama dispenses with politics and instead focuses in on a single tear-jerking love story that spans 15 years. 

Sunday 23 August 2015

Film Review: Vacation

Pack your suitcase and don the SPF 60 because it's time to hit the road and go on a summer vacation in, well, Vacation. Starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, this fun comedy does enough to warrant the price of admission - but only just. 

Wednesday 19 August 2015

2015 Blockbusters: Winners and Losers

With August soon about to wrap up, so does the 2015 'blockbuster season'. Across the last four months, we've seen some heavy-hitters hit cinema screens with varying degree of success, so I thought now would be a good time to sit back and assess the inner and losers from what has been a thoroughly captivating year thus far.

What films, studios, stars and trends saw their stock rise over the last few months? And who had a nightmare 2015? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Monday 17 August 2015

Saturday 15 August 2015

Film Review: Trainwreck

Trainwreck is a raunchy adult romantic comedy from director Judd Apatow; written by and starring 2015's comedy 'it-girl' Amy Schumer, Trainwreck bucks the trend of recent rom-coms by discarding drippiness for devastating wit and surprisingly likeable characters.

Friday 14 August 2015

60 Second Film Reviews #22

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.

On the slate this month, we have a some recent DVD releases; Get Hard, Project Almanac and Run All Night. 

Thursday 13 August 2015

Top 5: Boxing Films

Few sports enjoy as rich a relationship with cinema than boxing. A sport that explores the entire human spectrum of emotion, from dizzying highs (Rocky) and spiralling, disparaging lows (Raging Bull), boxing isn’t just rich with tales of legendary heroes (We Were Kings), it’s also hugely cinematic in real life; how many other sports can draw crowds as far reaching and diverse as Mayweather v Pacquiao did in May earlier this year?

To coincide with the release of Antoine Fuqua’s new boxing drama Southpaw, I decided to take a look at some the greatest bouts ever put to film. So pull on your gloves, grit your teeth and step into the ring for my picks for Top 5 boxing films ever made.

Monday 10 August 2015

Film Review: Southpaw

Are you ready for the fight of the century? In the red corner, we have the hugely talented Jake Gyllenhaal, and in the blue corner we have the most generic sports movie script imaginable. Which will prevail in the long, grim slog that is Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw?

Thursday 6 August 2015

Film Review: Fantastic Four

Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
Runtime: 106 minutes

Marvel's original superhero superteam are back on the big screen with a fresh lick of paint and an even fresher faced cast; helmed by Chronicle's Josh Trank, this reboot of the Fantastic Four is amazingly bad, especially considering we've been here before. 

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Classic Film: Star Wars

Director: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, Alec Guinness
Runtime: 121 minutes

Not very long ago, in a galaxy very much like our own, a little film called Star Wars opened to theatres across the world. A simple heroes tale of a young man named Luke Skywalker, this wholly original adventure captivated the imagination of millions, sparking one of the most infamous sagas in cinema history.

Nearly 40 years on from its debut, and only a few months away from the latest instalment in the series it spawned, I revisited George Lucas' original Star Wars to see how it stood up today. This is my review...

Saturday 1 August 2015

Film Review: Slow West

Slow West is an action western that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year - starring Kodi Smith-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn, this captivating period piece might feel slow, but it doesn't pull any punches either.


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