Ted 2 (2015)

Ted 2. What is there to say about Ted 2? It's 115 minutes. The bear does some swearing. Patrick Warburton. It would be 100 minutes if it didn't contain the same establishing shot of the outside of the apartment building every time that they have a scene in there.  We know.  We get it.  If … Continue reading Ted 2 (2015)

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

So you don't have to wander far to find men moaning about 'objectification' and 'if it was female strippers...' and 'feminist double standards' and boo hoo hoo etc over this one film out of a billion to seemingly be aimed at a female audience.  And they would have a point if only they weren't utterly … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Terminator Genisys (2015)

Most film series have an over-riding feel or theme that unify them and when they move away from it the results are often fatal.  For the Terminator series it's all about dreams.  The first is an outright nightmare, the second is like a daydream that startles you awake and the third always felt tinged by John … Continue reading Terminator Genisys (2015)

Blackhat (2015)

So there's no getting away from Blackhat being a disappointment, a reheated, autopilot bundle of director Michael Mann's themes, images and obsessions.  I know that you could level that charge against most of his movies but there's something missing here; that existential samurai feel (a.k.a. men looking into the distance, thinking about the heavy burden … Continue reading Blackhat (2015)

Inherent Vice (2014)

Here's a great delve of a movie; Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel about an LA P.I. investigating the disappearance of local businessman. It’s a wonderful sprawling sunshine noir that's hard to explain without revealing more but it works because there's too much story.  What you end up with is a sense of … Continue reading Inherent Vice (2014)

Spy (2015)

Spy just isn't funny.  It might be to you but, save for some fun moments where Jason Statham revels in self-awareness... well, humour is subjective and I just don't get this particular rambling, post-Apatow brand.  For two hours. Why is it always two hours? But I can't dismiss it out of hand because it is a … Continue reading Spy (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Have you read The Beach (1996)? I read it in sixth form a couple of years after it came out and remember it going through our year like fire.  It was a zeitgeist thing, with it’s blend of backpacking and movies, and a cracking read that grabbed you and then unleashed itself just as it … Continue reading Ex Machina (2015)

Jurassic World (2015)

Go to the cinema to watch this movie and you will be entertained.  That's the deal Universal offered with the trailer and that is what they have honoured.  The film gets a lot right, the characters are clear and so is the action.  Everything moves long at a great pace (for once 2hrs didn't feel … Continue reading Jurassic World (2015)

CineGuernsey: Life of Riley (7.30pm, Fri 12 June 2015)

Adapted from the play by Alan Ayckbourn, Life of Riley is a French comedy-drama directed by Alain Resnais in his final feature before his death. In Yorkshire, three couples are shattered by the news that their mutual friend George Riley is fatally ill and has only a few months left to live. Thinking how best … Continue reading CineGuernsey: Life of Riley (7.30pm, Fri 12 June 2015)