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)

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

As summer action movies go the 5th instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise is a fun couple of hours in the cinema.  From the spectacular, vertiginous opening set-piece, which almost equals the Burj Khalifa climb from the previous film, to a finale which pays of some well placed character beats, the film hits all the … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Selma (2014)

Selma is a interesting film on several counts and, given recent events in the US, a powerfully prescient and utterly engaging account of Martin Luther King's involvement with the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965.  The performances are well rounded (although one wonders where Tim Roth will go next after playing George Wallace … Continue reading Selma (2014)

Pump Up the Volume (1990)

So here's how the mind of a film nerd works; I'm on Twitter replying to a comment about Donald Trump, feeling all pleased with myself for noting that he reminds me of the fake adverts in Robocop (1987) and the Leonard Cohen line about America being 'the cradle of the best and the worst', when … Continue reading Pump Up the Volume (1990)

BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (July 2015)

Okay, so a couple of months ago I was invited to take part in a monthly film review segment on BBC Radio Guernsey with Saturday morning presenter Oliver Guillou, the idea was to review that month's films and preview the next month's.  I was supposed to be on for about 20ish minutes and we filled … Continue reading BBC Guernsey Film Reviews (July 2015)

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)