Picture it. Hollywood executives discuss their next mega money maker and among the melee of buzzwords, margins, and other business bollockry is the go-to selling point for any sequel: make it bigger. Independence Day Resurgence gets the green light and kick starts a global marketing campaign that drives home the fact that more than anything else this belated sequel will be bigger than the 1996 original. But they didn’t stop there. Continue reading Independence Day Resurgence Review
The Russo brothers weigh into the superhero collateral damage debate with an endlessly enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat thrill that’s not only the biggest and best Avengers film yet, but an intriguing and complex political thriller too.
Civil War is a product of talented fan directors, a passionate and unobtrusive studio that gives them the freedom to flourish, and a tone that grounds the farfetched genre conventions and plot contrivances with believable, three-dimensional characters alone.
It’s everything Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wanted to be and so much more.
During the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, a week after its US debut, news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death and people across the world united to mourn the loss of one of history’s greatest heroes. In a moment of impossible timing, Justin Chadwick’s adaptation of the late anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography was transformed from a biopic into a eulogy. And it succeeds in this new context as a sentimental obituary that reminds audiences of the man and his achievements, unfortunately it fails to offer any fresh information that even the most casual viewer won’t know on their way in. Continue reading Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Review
Many consider a film’s title to be unimportant, trivial even, but the name has long been a key factor in a film’s success. In contemporary cinema the role of the marketer is as pivotal as ever and the title process is increasingly fundamental in a period where a movie’s name can be the difference between a hit and a flop.
Just like old times.
While most prolonged movie franchises become exhausted with every succeeding sequel, the Fast and Furious franchise remains the unyielding exception that continues to progress with each new, successful addition. What initially set off as a nitrous-fuelled street racing film series later developed into a big action heist thriller and though Fast Five was an unexpected shift, it was instantly welcomed with an impressive box-office return and newfound critical acclaim. Now, six films into the franchise and things are accelerated again with incredibly satisfying and immensely entertaining results.
Achievement Unlocked: Don’t Wreck It.
While cinema has mastered the adaptation of novels, theatre and comic books, among many other mediums, the thriving video game industry remains unconquered. Cinema’s leading studios have tried on several occasions, but even the better video game adaptations – Silent Hill, Hitman and Tomb Raider – left a large proportion of audiences disappointed. As their rival studios continue to fail, Disney step in to the still emerging subgenre with their original, video game influenced animation Wreck-It Ralph.
Lynne Ramsay’s long awaited cinematic return
There’s a lot going on within Lynne Ramsay’s magnificently harrowing adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel, of the same name, but We Need To Talk About Kevin remains perfectly handled throughout. No shot is wasted within this remarkable film and every moment builds to the central exploration of a dysfunctional mother/son relationship.
A story so bizarre, its hard to believe its true.
British director Bart Layton makes an astonishing entrance into cinema with his feature debut, The Imposter, a ninety-minute documentary that tells the remarkable story of French conman Frédéric Bourdin. Three years after thirteen-year old Nicholas Barclay disappeared from the Texas suburbs in 1994, his family receive a phone call from Spanish officials claiming that they have found the missing child. However, the child is in fact twenty-three year old Bourdin who hopes to deceive Nicholas’ family, US embassy officials and FBI agents and gain entry to the United States – but that’s only the tip of the iceberg for this bizarre tale.
As another year draws to a close, we can reflect on 2012 and recognise it as a fantastic year for film, with audiences supporting cinemas in terrific numbers. The staggering box-office success of Avengers Assemble, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II has laid the foundations for a revival of the cinema industry. To follow a year as saga-concluding, record-breaking and Bond-resurrecting as 2012 will be a tough task, but 2013 is abundant with enticing films capable of doing so. 2013 is a year of returning franchise pieces (The Hangover Part III, Fast and Furious 6 and Paranormal Activity 5), Hollywood remakes (Oldboy, Evil Dead and Carrie) and 3D re-releases (Monsters Inc, Jurassic Park and Independence Day). Here are my thirteen most anticipated films for the fast approaching ’13.
A depressing definition of the term misnomer.
The breathtaking performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman make Paddy Considine’s debut feature exceptional. Their conflicting characters’ intertwining arcs are entertaining, moving, but devastating. Therein lies the problem with Tyrannosaur – it’s so hard to watch and even harder to enjoy. Continue reading Tyrannosaur Review