Film Review – Spotlight

Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who revealed a cover-up of hundreds of paedophile priests by the city’s archdiocese, it is in many ways an old-fashioned journalism thriller in the same vein as All the President’s Men (1976), which chronicled the work of the newspaper men who uncovered the Watergate scandal….

Film Review – The Revenant

  Film Review – The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy go toe to toe in this stunning film from Academy Award Winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu “Inspired by actual events”. The primary event inspiring this narrative being the near fatal mauling of 19th Century American Frontiersman Hugh Glass by a grizzly bear in South Dakota…

Film Review – The Martian

  When, early in the film, Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars proclaims ‘I’m not going to die here”, you immediately think – Yes you are mate. He’s over 200 million kilometres from Earth, with only his cheeky scientific mind to keep him alive until a rescue mission can reach him….

Film Review – Ant-Man

As Ruby reminds me, this is not about a man who becomes an ant, but rather a burglar who reluctantly takes part in a larger plot to save the world by donning a suit that allows it’s wearer to shrink to the size of an ant. Paul Rudd who most of us know as the…

Film Review – Baby Driver

  I nearly bailed on my invitation to a preview screening of Baby Driver.* I’d seen the groundswell for this film build for several months, and early reviews seemed positive, but the more I watched the trailer I felt sure that it was a great idea – a tinnitus affected getaway driver listens to music…

Film Review – Cars 3

Cars 3 delivers the vibrant primary colours that you expect from this flagship Pixar title, and, after driving around for two thirds of the film in familiar territory, offers a delightful diversion the anticipated destination.   Lightning McQueen is at risk of redundancy at the hands of a new generation of high tech racers. Led…

Film Review – Transformers: The Last Knight

“Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.” “Optimus Prime finds his dead home planet, Cybertron, in which he comes to find he was responsible for its destruction. He finds a…

Film Review – Whitney: Can I Be Me

With the exception of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody“, a song that featured on a 1987 compilation tape I played endlessly, Whitney Houston kind of passed me by . Her huge hits Greatest Love of All and I Will Always Love You were not the kind of tunes I was into in 1995 at the…

Film Review – Rough Night

The opening ten minutes of this film are so utterly dire that I began to feel like I was in for a long 90 minutes. Instead, this comedy caterpillar (or should that be centipede, if you’ve seen it already) blossoms into one of the funniest and downright wrong comedies in years. Taking the template for…

Film Review – The Mummy

Geez, settle down people. The Mummy isn’t nearly as bad as critics are saying. For me it is a classic attempt at a B Movie and I sure hope The Mummy is supposed to be a tonne of fun, because that’s what I got out of it. Russell Crowe opens the film with a voiceover…

Film Review – 20th Century Women

The first time I saw the trailer for this one, months ago, I thought “That looks like it is going to be excellent”. I was right. The film went on to earn two Golden Globe Nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress for Annette Bening, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This…

Film Review – Wonder Woman

Damn. I really wanted to love Wonder Woman and at times I did. Overall though, the film relies too heavily on tried and tested tropes to get us to a CGI reliant climax that left me feeling cold, instead of warm and fuzzy. We first meet Princess Diana as she is sneaking a peek at…

Film Review – Baywatch

If this snippet from the 1976 Paramount Pictures release Lifeguard is any indication, then movies about lifesavers at the beach should be pretty sexy… In the case of the 2017 Paramount Pictures film Baywatch The Movie, nobody read that memo as there are plenty of sexy bodies on offer but no sexual activity (at least…