Gone Girl: she was never really there

Gone Girl (2014) has an interesting plot with sinister intentions but I'm not convinced it's a great thriller. This is why I'm about to read the book by Gillian Flynn to see whether the film is the poor relation rather than the storyline itself. There's nothing wrong with the acting; Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne) and... Continue Reading →

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It doesn’t chase, It Follows

There's something about the filming of It Follows (2014) which made for addictive viewing without the need for gore or over-the-top chase sequences. Also, the camera wasn't afraid to linger a little longer, particularly in unnerving 'quiet' scenes, which built up the suspense and had me reaching for a cushion to hide behind on more... Continue Reading →

Nothing to fear but fear itself – The Babadook

It's been a long time coming, but I'm delighted to say that The Babadook (2014) was successful in creating terror without showing too much of the monster itself. It reminded me so much of the techniques used to build up to the monster's introduction in Jeepers Creepers (2001), where glimpses of the horrifying being were... Continue Reading →

Become The Maze Runner, unlock your potential and beat the system

The Maze Runner (2014) barely gives you time to settle in your seat and reach for your first snack before transporting you into the heart of the action. What I liked most about this film was that it didn't lull you into a false sense of security, instead it met you head on with twists,... Continue Reading →

Unbroken – separating mice from men

As soon as I saw the trailer for director Angelina Jolie's new film Unbroken, I knew this was one I had to see. English actor Jack O'Connell gave, in my opinion, the performance of his young career thus far; his portrayal of Olympian Louis Zamperini was heartfelt - you felt every word, punch, bruise and scar as Louis hung... Continue Reading →

Got that sinking feeling? Black Sea is a film of hidden depths

Now here's a film which was certainly let down by its trailer - shame on them! Black Sea starring Jude Law is one adventure film you can't afford to miss and who doesn't enjoy a treasure hunt? When I first caught a glimpse of the trailer at the cinema I didn't really bat an eyelid;... Continue Reading →

Keeping up appearances – The Imitation Game shines a light on a lost hero

Well I don't know about you, but when I first watched the trailer for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I didn't quite know what to think about it...I wasn't convinced of the need to go and see it, but I'm so pleased that I did! Alan Turing's story was crying out to be told and I left... Continue Reading →

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