From the creator of masterpieces Jaws and Jurassic Park (for starters) comes Ready Player One. But just like those two classics, this movie is based on a bestselling novel. So what happens when the ingenious geeky minds of Spielberg and Ernest Cline collide?
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the gun-toting explorer’s latest big-screen outing. But you’ll find no connection to Angelina Jolie’s (underrated) 2001 and 2003 movies here. Just like with a video game console, the reset button has been hit.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Flash Film Reviews: Three Billboards, Black Panther, Game Night, Annihilation, Love Simon & The Shape of Water
Monday, 5 March 2018
Another delay with getting film reviews to you, but what with buggering off to Toronto for my wedding anniversary (blog post coming up), being snowed in during the Great British Blizzard (no blog posts but plenty of chit-chat about bread and milk, for reasons unknown), and, well, watching said-films, I don't feel like apologising much. But then I am British, so I'm very, very sorry. Anyway, here are four flash film reviews with another three (at the moment, at least) coming right up. Sorry again.
If you aren’t overly familiar with Disney’s “tale as old as time” Beauty and the Beast, then you will at least recognise the timeless 1991 animated film as one of Disney’s classics. 2017 also saw new life breathed into the beloved fairy tale in the form of a live-action adaptation that introduced it to a new audience but not without appeasing fans of the original.
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
If you’ve not read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the chances are that you will, in some shape or form at least, be vaguely familiar with the premise, and at the very least its existence. Ebenezer Scrooge, a disgruntled, frugal and merry-less man who grimaces at the mere mention of all things Christmas, is visited upon by three ghosts on Christmas Eve: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come.
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Here are some more flash film reviews that may or may not save you some cash. And seeing as it's Oscar season, that means there are lots of opinions floating around in the ether, so why not share some of your own views and comment below.
Monday, 8 January 2018
Flash Reviews: The Disaster Artist, Molly's Game, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle & The Greatest Showman
I’ve been a little behind with posting some of my film reviews lately, but you can blame Christmas and Disneyland Paris for that. Speaking of which, I’ll be posting on that magical experience in the next few days too. For now, check out some flash reviews from December, which takes us right up until the last film I saw in 2017, The Greatest Showman. And don’t forget to check out my podcasts too, where I’ve already reviewed all of the following.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
In hindsight, it makes more sense than not that Abrams' The Force Awakens was a play-it-safe carbon copy of A New Hope, especially given that it was the first entry since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, the last of the despised prequel trilogy. But there’s no denying that, despite its many strengths, it was a film weighed down by the past. Even in its controversial disposal of Harrison Ford's much-loved nerf herder, it was something of a Han Solo-centric film, though its decision to cast him into the ether in the first place spoke volumes about Disney's plans to start wiping the slate clean.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
On the first weekend of December, with my wife, Sian, and two friends, Anthony and Ben, I attended the For the Love of Sci-Fi Comic Con at the Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester. It’s been a pretty busy year for me, with my wedding in February, followed by a three-month trip (aka “greedy honeymoon”) around the world, but it might surprise you to learn that my weekend in Manchester is quite easily one of the most memorable of the year. I have to be careful when saying such things, though, but if you’re reading this, Sian, just remember - we got married on a Friday!