Bushwick (2017)

Whilst not entirely successful, Bushwick is an interesting, scrappy little movie that suddenly finds itself relevant… I’ll say ‘spoilers’ at this point because, although the relevance is now the selling point, I enjoyed watching this with no knowledge of what was happening and, given the form the film takes, I imagine this was the intention. … Continue reading Bushwick (2017)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

San Andreas (2015)

So here's some good popcorn cinema.  Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is a helicopter rescue pilot, there's a massive earthquake, his daughter and estranged wife are out there somewhere needing rescuing.  Get Paul Giamatti in to play a Professor of Exposition and fill in the blanks etc. As well as the usual scenes of destruction, daring … Continue reading San Andreas (2015)

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

She wouldn't fall for him.  That's the problem.  Thomas Vinterberg's film is something of a delight, especially Michael Sheen's performance as the utterly decent Mr Boldwood, but it falls down on the crucial point that Bathsheba Everdene makes a choice that just doesn't ring true. Maybe it's just the disappointment of seeing such a strong … Continue reading Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)