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Jackie – Film Review

I almost feel annoyed when Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” is brought up in the same conversation as the sea of countless average “Oscar bait” biopics. At this point the genre mainly consists of underwhelming films with the primary goal of winning awards; and it works too. Think back to recent Academy Award nominated films, “The Theory of Everything”, “The Imitation Game”, “American Sniper”, “The Big Short”, “Trumbo” … etc. Whilst most of these movies are not terrible, they’re usually just bland or ‘okay’. But I can honestly say that “Jackie” has significantly more artistic integrity than not just most biopics, but most movies Read more [...]
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La La Land: The Best film of 2016

When I initially left the theatre, I struggled to describe in words the mesmerising nature of director Damien Chazelle’s third feature-length film “La La Land”. Whereas I have never been an avid follower or fan of the musical genre, I’ve also never been opposed to it; whilst I find joy in classics such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Lion King”, I have found that more contemporary attempts Read more [...]
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The Revenant – Film Review

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820's fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team (IMDB synopsis). ‘The Revenant’ directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu is nothing short of brilliant. Regarding visuals, the cinematography is excellent; it is used expertly in fight scenes to help create a chaotic atmosphere and also used to create a sense of isolation & hopelessness in the survival segments. They take full Read more [...]
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Review: Guardians of The Galaxy

Marvel Studios has officially done the impossible. They've turned a little known, little loved comic book title like Guardians of The Galaxy into cinematic gold. And cinematic gold translates to big bucks for Marvel! By now, Marvel Studios has managed to keep up a pretty steady pace, barely faltering at all along the way. Not every entry in their now very much established cinematic universe has been a complete masterpiece, but with each entry they prove time and time again they are the masters Read more [...]
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Roll Out! Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Going to see the new Transformers was actually a bit of a difficult choice. The simple fact is based on the previous movies I could pretty much predict this was going to be a pretty horrible movie in terms of story with a lot of action and robot on robot fighting action with explosions. However while all the previous Transformers movies are definitely not shining beacons of movie magic I can’t help but enjoy the action and robot fighting which can usually get me through Read more [...]
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Godzilla Review

Directed by: Gareth Edwards Cast: Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins Look, I want to start this review with a straight up vomit inducing and highly embarrassing admission, but I feel like I won’t be in this boat alone, so here goes… I actually loved the 1998 Roland Emmerich attempt to adapt Godzilla for the American audience. I adored it! I was obsessed! I had the toys, watched the cartoon series and would Read more [...]
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

When your lead character is arguably the least interesting member on the Avengers roster and you’re working with a plot straight of ABC’s low budget TV effort Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it takes a hugely talented team to pull off a film like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but that’s exactly what Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writing duo who penned Captain America: The First Avenger, and directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo have managed to do here. Read more [...]
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Victory of the Cumber-Dragon! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

(May be slight spoilers) I didn’t want to open my second review in the same fashion as my first but it has to be said again: The Desolation of Smaug had a lot to live up to. The Hobbit was one of the first full novels I ever read and still love to this day. The Lords of the Rings films are amongst my favourite of all time and the first Hobbit gave me very high hopes for what to expect in this sequel. However I have had a natural worry ever since the movies were first split into 3. Read more [...]
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

There's something to be said for cinema that holds a mirror up to the very society we live in. For instance; the fact that we're finding real substance here, in a franchise that one would think based on its source material and teen appeal, would offer little more than some Twilight-esque angsty drama. But, rather surprisingly, this second installment in the Hunger Games franchise based on the books by author Suzanne Collins is a massive leap in the right direction for the teen drama genre. No laughable Read more [...]
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Review: Gravity

Thank you Alfonso Cuarón for confirming my decision to never become an astronaut. Gravity, directed by Academy Award nominee Cuarón, stars Oscar winners Bullock and Clooney in, without question, the most anxiety raising and emotionally exhausting film of not only 2013, but the past decade and hurls us like rag dolls into the most terrifying and hopeless place there is, space. Sandra Bullock, taking a break from playing an FBI agent for once in her career, plays Dr. Ryan Stone, an engineer Read more [...]