Ip Man: The Final Fight

Every one knows who Bruce Lee is but what of the legend that trained him? Ip Man was a revolutionary martial arts master who popularised the traditional Chinese fighting style Wing Chun. Donnie Yen p...

How To Train Your Robot

Every so often you come across a rather splendid example of a short film. My latest find is the two-minute short How to train your robot. It is a simple tale based on a scene from the Hugh Jackman fi...

Oldboy

Hollywood is a strange beast that appears to be driven purely by the need to generate profit. This is no more evident than with the policy of remaking non English language movies for audiences that a...

Project Shell

So many movies these days disappoint their audience with their intended audience in spectacular ways. The initial promise of an idea becomes so diluted or changed that the final product is often not ...

Snowpiercer

Every so often a film is made that not only just exceeds your expectations, but actually takes those expectations and launches them into orbit. One such film was Snowpiercer by Joon-ho Bong, quite li...

Short Circuit

The basis of a good short film is getting all the elements right. The idea needs to be sound. It has to be simple enough to fit into a brief narrative, but it still has to engage with the audience. T...

Escape Plan

If the promotional material is believed then this is the film that we have all been waiting for. For the very first time Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger star together in a movie. Persona...

Northwest

The appetite for Scandinavian thrillers both on television and at the cinema shows no sign of waning. Michael Noer’s coming-of-age tale of brotherhood, crime and violence takes full advantage of the ...

Aningaaq

A short companion piece to Alfonso Cuaron’s film Gravity has been released. The film revisits a key scene from the film where The stranded astronaut played by Sandra Bullock makes contact with ...

John’s Top Ten of 2013

It was a bit of a hit and miss year for movies. Some of the most anticipated and heavily promoted films failed to live up to the hype. We had the now normal slew of Superhero movies of varying qualit...