I like to take some time to myself, quietly adjusting to a new reality. It’s not that I see anything wrong with parties or large social gatherings, I just either don’t get invited to “those sorts of parties” or find far more enjoyment in something quiet and considered with people I trust and can open up to. Continue reading
Not since Up broke our hearts back in 2009 has a film made me cry, no, weep so much within its first five minutes. And Arrival doesn’t stop there.
From it’s achingly beautiful opening to the mesmerising, chilling first half and on to the jaw-dropping, head-spinning finale. This is a film that does for the alien invasion genre what The Girl with All the Gifts did for zombies earlier in the year and singlehandedly proves that 2016 has not been the death knell of cinema as the summer season had made some fear. Continue reading
I feel very lucky to have grown up with Harry Potter. I was three when the first book came out and seven when I saw the first film at my local cinema. I have memories of first discovering the books (coming to them with Azkaban) and my dad reading them to me then eagerly awaiting every single film.
By the time the franchise had wrapped itself up with Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011 I had finished school and was approaching adulthood. It’s fair to say that I don’t remember not having Potter in my life. Continue reading
The Main Stuff
I’ve stalled writing this for a while now. Mainly because I hadn’t done much but mostly because I was waiting for the right moment. Now, with the world on the brink of collapse, I thought it was time to have a chat.
A bunch o’ stuff has happened since I last wrote to you, dear readers and I must say I’ve missed you. Continue reading
Based on the bestselling book of the same name. A Street Cat Named Bob is about James (Luke Treadaway) a homeless busker recovering from drug addiction who befriends a stray cat that gives his life motivation.
Like Trainspotting and a CBBC special had a baby. The wildly veering tone is to the film’s detriment, going from scenes of heroin overdose to cat based antics in a heartbeat. It’s a strange mix and it sometimes doesn’t work but you’d be churlish to admit that there’s not some good stuff here. Continue reading
Daft, ridiculous and occasionally so bad it’s funny, Inferno is the third part in the Ron Howard/Dan Brown collaboration that will not win any praise for its complex story but survives because it’s sort of dumb fun.
You watch it cause you want to watch Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones run about Italy and point at paintings. If that’s what excites you then this is your favourite movie ever.
It’s not boring and I liked learning about Dante and hell, which may make me crazy but I’m not gonna turn my nose up at Tom Hanks on holiday. I love Tom Hanks.
From Ken Loach and Paul Laverty comes I, Daniel Blake, the story of the eponymous Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) who, after a heart attack forces him from work, struggles to work his way through the benefits system as he befriends Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mum uprooted from London and going through something similar. Continue reading
Well directed and with a classic horror movie feeling, Origin of Evil is a good, if unoriginal, horror movie that has a few good scares and a great style. Continue reading
Trolls is either terrible or genius.
On one level I hate the cheery, pop music feel. The hyper realised colourful, sugary happy message song and dance of it. Where nothing is nuanced and everything is cheesily put together.
On another level, it’s the most bizarre, wildly inventive, oddly designed and strangest film of the year. I’ve seen Swiss Army Man and this was weirder. Continue reading
Sharp, tense, wonderfully gory, delightful wince-inducing. Fantastic performances from the late Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart. Great style, great vibe. Just fantastic. One of my favourites of the year.