Ex Machina: You like what you see?

Ex Machina (2015) certainly holds your interest. This was a film I had wanted to see for a while and finally sat down to watch it a few weeks ago. For me, it moves the AI narrative on a bit - away from the silliness of robots merely invading humans and more into the advances... Continue Reading →

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Who’s your greatest female character in film?

This popped up on my Twitter newsfeed the other day: The 100 greatest female characters in movies, and it caught my attention because I covered the topic of strong, female fighters in film as part of my university dissertation. So I've had a quick look through the list, and while I'll admit that I haven't... Continue Reading →

Did The Haunting of Briar House expose itself too soon?

Well this was one horror I hadn't come across before, and although the plot seemed a little tired, I must say that The Haunting of Briar House (2015) or The Unspoken as it's also known, did a good job of keeping you intrigued for the most part. I wouldn't say, as the viewer, you felt... Continue Reading →

Suffragette – making history for a reason

Never forget the struggle, the sacrifice, the perseverance. Suffragette (2015) is a retelling of an important moment in history when women united to fight their oppression; freeing themselves from a life of being seen and not heard to shouting from the rooftops their right to equality. It would have been so easy to glamourise this film... Continue Reading →

When there’s no escape, you have to take the jump

Tense. Emotional. Frightening. No Escape (2015) is one of those films that hits you between the eyes right from the get-go. But don't be fooled by its appearance, because as you well know, appearances can be deceiving. Now I'm a fan of Owen Wilson, but if I'm honest, I wasn't expecting much from him in this seemingly serious... Continue Reading →

The Martian – he will not be beaten

I've often wondered what it would be like to be sent on a mission to Mars, so when I saw The Martian (2015) trailer, I knew this film would be right up my street. Matt Damon is a wonderful actor and so often overlooked - I feel -  for strong, male lead roles in recent years,... Continue Reading →

Spectre (2015) – a wet lettuce dancing in the wind

"It was me, James. The author of all your pain." Yes, yes it was you [Sam Mendes]... I really wanted to love this film, but about halfway through I was bored, and I'm never usually bored in a Bond film. Personally, not only do I think Daniel Craig has given up in the making of... Continue Reading →

Everest: who really wins?

Firstly, don't bother to go and watch Everest for Jake Gyllenhaal alone - it's not a mistake I made, but I'm sure plenty others will. If you're going to watch this film, do so in order to understand the joy and despair that underpins people's motivations for scaling Mount Everest and not purely for the Hollywood stars... Continue Reading →

Ant-Man reminds us why it’s important to pick on someone your own size

Ant-Man - I loved this little guy! From the simple yet effective poster* to the bonus scenes tucked away among the end credits, this Marvel masterpiece kept me entertained and wanting more. So much effort has been invested in allowing you to experience life in miniature and the pairing of Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) with Michael Douglas... Continue Reading →

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