Film: ’71 (2014)

So, whilst I try to muster up the enthusiasm to go and watch Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) (I do like the first two films but I can't see how anyone will really care next year) and Interstellar (2014) continues to blow people away, my local cinema rather randomly sneaked Yann Demange's '71 into … Continue reading Film: ’71 (2014)

Film: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge (2013), is a smart little home invasion movie set within the backdrop of a yearly, state-sanctioned, night of lawlessness in which the USA purges itself by heading out into the night with the 2nd Amendment, or whatever comes to hand, to kill.  The interesting thing was that purging worked and the country was … Continue reading Film: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Film: God’s Not Dead (2014)

 So the problems with God's Not Dead are the same as the problems with the current popular (YouTube I guess) discourse around religion; it's not really got anything to do with the topic at hand and a lot of work goes into painting the other side, because it always has to be oppositional, as something … Continue reading Film: God’s Not Dead (2014)

Film: Snowpiercer (2013)

Here's fun. Snowpiercer is a film that throws everything at the wall and sits back content that it all sticks.  It tells the story of a revolt on a train that is carrying the last of humanity following a new ice age, with those at the back fighting their way to the front and every carriage a … Continue reading Film: Snowpiercer (2013)

Film: Interstellar (2014)

After the 'teaser' I tend to avoid trailers for films that I want to see.  I know that I want to see them so what's the point of seeing a collection of the good bits?  And it pays off. Interstellar is an enthralling piece of cinema.  It harks back to the vintage sci-fi of ideas and … Continue reading Film: Interstellar (2014)

Film: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

With 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick set out to make a serious sci-fi movie that wouldn't look out of date and he produced a masterpiece of cinema.  Peter Hyams, a real workman-like director, decided to make a sequel there is a lot to like about it. There are a few things to look … Continue reading Film: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Is there a more chilling moment in film than HAL preparing a maintenance pod to kill one of the crew members of the Discovery?  Is there anything more looming than the Monolith or beautiful than the Star Gate? These moments wrap up a lot of what I love about Kubrick's film; the mixture of awe … Continue reading Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Film: Gone Girl (2014)

Here's a great big slice of genre cinema for you.  Based on the pulp novel by Gillian Flynn (here adapting her own work for the screen), Fincher has delivered his most funest movie since Panic Room (2002); it's trashy, quite glorious and, at moments, even hilarious. In removing about 100 pages of content Flynn has … Continue reading Film: Gone Girl (2014)

Film: The Equalizer (2014)

Although over the top, and more than a bit wet, I think it says something about a film when it could be seen as a variant on Richard Matheson's classic horror novel I Am Legend (1954).  At what point is the protagonist just flat out murdering people?  Obviously these are bad people being killed, the film … Continue reading Film: The Equalizer (2014)