Django: I like the way you die, boy

Phew! This is one vengeance film with a.t.t.i.t.u.d.e but I wouldn't expect anything less from the one and only Quentin Tarantino. Django Unchained (2012) is his playground and he certainly brought out the big guns! Django (Jamie Foxx) is a complicated sort of character who you sort of warm to and sort of don't. On... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Drag Me to…Hell?

What is this rubbish? Of all the horror films I've ever watched, Drag Me to Hell (2009) has to be the funniest! But not in a good way... I just didn't 'get it'. I never fancied watching this film before now as the poster for it looked quite terrifying, but last night I stumbled across... Continue Reading →

World War Z – a new breed of zombie

So I watched World War Z (2013) twice before writing this review because I couldn't quite make my mind up about it. Second time around I decided that it was probably one of the better zombie films I've seen, not quite as good as 28 Days Later (2002), but getting there! While the start was... 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 →

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