Goodbye to CineGuernsey

This week I heard the sad news that our local cinema society CineGuernsey would be closing after 11 years.  During that time it screened a wide variety of independent, foreign, and classic cinema to appreciative audiences.  Unfortunately, new, easier ways of accessing film (VOD) and ever decreasing cinematic release windows have led to lower audience numbers and the society's … Continue reading Goodbye to CineGuernsey

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Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Monsters (2010) was such a unique film that following it was always going to be difficult.  It took a fantastic subject and made it background, war and suffering as white noise whilst we go about our lives.  Something exotic.  Monsters: Dark Continent places war in the foreground and the interest is lost as the metaphor … Continue reading Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Force Majeure (2014)

So we watched this a couple of nights ago and we're still talking about it.  Based around a great 'what would you do?' premise, or more accurately 'what do you like to think you would do?', Ruben Ostlund's film is a genuine talkie in that it compels you to talk.  And talk.  And actually think. … Continue reading Force Majeure (2014)

BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (August 2015)

Here's me on BBC Guernsey with Oliver Guillou reviewing August 2015 releases and looking forward to September. Films being reviewed; Fantastic Four (2015), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), The Man from Uncle (2015), Hard to Be a God (2013), Southpaw (2015), Trainwreck (2015), Pixels (2015), Videodrome (1983)... and I'm still banging on about about Mad Max: … Continue reading BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (August 2015)

Trainwreck (2015)

I just don't understand the vanity. At a full thirty minutes longer than it needs to be, Trainwreck has a decent amount of laughs but standing in the way is the need for Amy Schumer to be the best and brightest person in the room.  Sure she has some things that need sorting, like being a … Continue reading Trainwreck (2015)

Pixels (2015)

The problem with Pixels isn't that even Adam Sandler looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.  Nor is it the much discussed 'woman as trophy' trope that the film offers up (an off-note that also melds with the film's inability play within it's own rules).  It isn't even the 'oh, was that a joke?' thought … Continue reading Pixels (2015)

Southpaw (2015)

There's a great moment in Southpaw when boxer Billy Hope (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and his weight gain) gives a speech at a charity event.  It's supposed to be a 'look at me now' moment, 'I climbed the ladder out of poverty', 'this foundation made me what I am' etc.  And you can't help but … Continue reading Southpaw (2015)

Listen Up Philip (2014)

When it comes down to it, spending time with genuine douche bags is rarely time well spent which leads me to the weird position of having watched a great film that I didn't enjoy. Listen Up Philip is beautifully filmed on 16mm, superbly scripted and the acting is universally perfect.  The problem is that both Philip, … Continue reading Listen Up Philip (2014)

Fantastic Four (2015)

I don’t get the hate.  I don’t understand how people can sit through the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe content deliver system and this is where they find fault.  I’m not saying the MCU doesn’t contain some great stuff but there are many many miles and minutes of utter tedium to wade through.  Even the … Continue reading Fantastic Four (2015)