Film Review – The Dark Tower

How many works by Stephen King can you name? Chances are the ones you think of off the top of your head are both books and films. And most likely good ones at that. Certainly watching The Dark Tower, a film based on The Gunslinger,  just one title in King’s sprawling  collection of 8 Dark…

Film Review – American Made

Based on the life of Barry Seal, American Made sees director Doug Liman reunite with Tom Cruise following on from their excellent Sci-Fi collaboration Edge of Tomorrow. FILM REVIEW – AMERICAN MADE This is the kind of film that would sit proudly on the shelf of a Blockbuster store, if such things still exist. A shelf…

Film Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A close look at the poster for this film reveals the fact that there is a HELL OF A LOT OF STUFF going on here. There’s a Terminator style robot that could be a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica, but it is actually a K-Tron. There’s an actor you might or might not recognise from TV,…

Film Review – The Trip To Spain

By now you may be familiar with the premise of The Trip. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon partner together reluctantly as they travel to a region to sample the local food and culture and write about it, while also filming a TV series. These episodes are then compiled into a feature length film, with The…

Film Review – Atomic Blonde

Following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie in Salt and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, (along with countless other femme fatales),Charlize Theron  at 41 has blazed a brand new trail, setting a fresh bench mark in badass, redefining the phrase “Anything Boys Can Do Girls Can Do Better”, as she plays the role of Lorraine…

Film Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

If I thought that Dunkirk was “Grim & Bleak”, it may have had something to do with seeing War for the Planet of the Apes immediately beforehand. While Apes is set in a grim and bleak environment, the film is absolutely brimming with emotion (an element I found lacking in Dunkirk) thanks to incredibly nuanced…

Film Review – Dunkirk

I’ve been looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk for as long as I can remember. So much so that when I found myself in London in the lead up to the film’s release, I was delighted to discover he had programmed ten films that have influenced his latest effort to play at the BFI just…

Film Review – Paris Can Wait

It is a good time to be a fan of the Coppola filmmaking Dynasty. Sofia has The Beguiled in cinemas. This week War for the Planet of the Apes tells a decidedly Apocalypse Now styled story… And the family matriarch Eleanor at 81 has written and directed her first fictional feature film after directing several…

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…