January was a month for the Hollywood heavyweights however February also brings with it some award hopefuls, along with some good old fashioned popcorn fodder.
RoboCop (Released the 7th of February)
I’m not ashamed that I judged and derided this film before seeing a smidgen of footage. There are some films you shouldn’t remake and Paul VerHoeven’s RoboCop is high on that list. Nothing about the new version sounded promising. The violence would be toned down, Murphy doesn’t die, they give him a motorbike etc. Despite my initial rancour however I have to admit this looks pretty sweet and my fear has turned to excitement. However I also remember saying the same about Superman Returns and Iron Man 3 and, well we know how they turned out. A stellar cast in Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton adds a hefty weight to a film that’s mere premise melts fanboy brains causing the blood to pour from their ears. Even if the film is terrible there’s always a silver lining. Continue reading “New releases for February” »
In the second part of our look forward to the cinema releases for the forthcoming year Thomas shares the films that he is most anticipating. Continue reading “What To Look Forward To In 2014: Part 2” »
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 quality. As usual there were more films than time this year so the list below did not take into consideration some notable releases including Don Jon, The Hobbit and Thor.
Continue reading “John’s Top Ten of 2013” »
Anyone who watched the trailers for Gravity when they appeared much earlier this year would have been more than a little excited. The gut wrenching visuals revealed in the preview promised so much. I was one of those people; however as the film grew closer to release I heard snippets of spoilers here and there and surmised that this was just a one woman show for Sandra Bullock, an actress I really don’t rate, and so I wrote it off as something I’ll catch up on at home. This evening I was bored and so I wandered into my local multiplex and Gravity in 3D was the next film available (not involving animated planes or snails at any rate) so I paid my money and sat down expecting to be bored… Boy was I wrong! Continue reading “Gravity” »
In advance if its release the main trailer for the George Clooney space drama has been released. The plot of the film follows the plight of an engineer and an astronaut after an accident on their space station leaves them battling for their lives. The trailer, following up the teaser trailer in May, is nothing short of breathtaking. It is what can be regarded as a perfect advert for the film. In two minutes it ramps up the tension and sets the life and death stakes for both characters. Continue reading “Gravity” »
2012 has been a very good year for films, especially ones that appeal to me. When I compiled my top ten of last year I had maybe thirteen contenders for the list. This year in comparison had about twenty three films that could have easily been in the top ten. The criteria for the list is simple. The film has to be released in the UK in 2012 according to IMDB. It can be either a cinema or ‘video premiere’ release. Unfortunately these rules exclude my favourite film which was the fiftieth anniversary release of Lawrence of Arabia. A classic movie that will be the subject of a piece in the very near future. So, onwards to the list! Continue reading “John’s top ten films of 2012” »
American cinema has a long tradition of political dramas. The genre has touched on political intrigue, conspiracy theories and tales of power struggles from the White House and Capitol Hill. A long list of ‘A’ list actors and directors have been drawn to the subject which can be approached from so many angles. So it was no surprise when it was announced that politically aware actor George Clooney would be directing the 2011 film The Ides of March.
Based on a play, Farragut North, we follow Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), a media consultant on the campaign to get Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) the Democratic party nomination to run for president. Continue reading “The Ides of March” »
The Descendants is a difficult movie for me to describe correctly. If you want to go to the cinema for a couple of hours entertainment, then this probably isn’t the film for you. If however you want to see George Clooney give one of his best and most subtle and understated performances, then this is a definite that you need to see. It’s actually unfair to highlight Clooney individually as the entire cast do a marvellous job of making a work of fiction feel very real.
When his wife is put into a coma in a boating accident, Mike King’s life takes a turn as he needs to shift his focus from his work as a lawyer in Hawaii to becoming a regular father to two daughters Scotty and Alex, the youngest testing the boundaries of his fatherhood control, and the elder in boarding school with a history of casual drinking and drugs. When it’s revealed that the wife was actually having an affair, Mike’s life begins to unravel further. Continue reading “The Descendants (2012)” »