In hopes of replicating Marvel’s success and rivalling their ever-expanding MCU, DC have launched a vast cinematic universe and staged a civil war of their own. Continue reading Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review
It’s the same every year. Early in January, with awards season looming, Hollywood’s leading Oscar contenders arrive on British shores fresh from their domestic success, galvanised by their extensive awards promotion to draw yet more financial gain. This year’s big three, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, were deliberately released across the UK in the space of a fortnight to draw a large audience. While the awards season marketing campaign ensured that each of these American films hustled their way to the top of the UK box-office charts it also gave them immense expectations; expectations that David O. Russell’s follow up to his thoroughly rewarding Silver Linings Playbook fails to live up to. Continue reading American Hustle Review
“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmmaking career has been built from a yearning to innovate and astonish and though his profound cinematic presentations of life are some of the film industry’s finest, it’s his flawless consistency that’s truly remarkable. His success with such a unique style and ability to surpass even his own high expectations has warranted recognition as a modern day auteur. Five years on from There Will Be Blood, the great director returns with his most unique venture, but like all of his perfectionist creations, The Master is psychologically absorbing, yet strikingly cinematic and emotionally engaging.
The Last Son of Krypton
The battle of the summer blockbusters has commenced, and after Marvel’s failed attempt to bring sympathy and emotion to an unpleasant egotist, DC looks to eclipse their rivals with what had the makings of an intriguing retelling of their iconic hero. Unfortunately, the result is another underwhelming superhero flick that struggles beneath the weight of its own ambition and doesn’t once come close to matching expectation.