All about the moments…

Moments can lift or sink a film.  Ten seconds can make ninety minutes seem like time well spent or kill everything that went before.  Last night I watched Bone Tomahawk (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and for better or worse the moments were in full swing. Bone Tomahawk is a rather slight western tale … Continue reading All about the moments…

Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

The problem with representing the Holocaust on film is that you are making entertainment, and that is uneasy when you are talking about the 20th Century’s greatest scar.  I'm not suggesting that the Holocaust is sacred amongst all obscenities but it's a defining event for a number of reasons; firstly the murder, secondly the mechanisation of … Continue reading Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

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)

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)

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)

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)