The Monuments Men (2014) – Not Ocean’s

What a cast George Clooney has brought together for his latest directorial effort. He’s dug up a hell of a true story to base it on too, coming from a book by Robert M Edsel and Brett Witter about the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives subcommission. It is a kick to see Bill Murray, John… Continue reading The Monuments Men (2014) – Not Ocean’s

Jersey Boys (2014) – Walk like a man

Jersey Boys is an intelligent and methodical look at the rise and fall of well loved pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The film is based on the Tony Award winning jukebox musical of the same name and, by the sounds of it, sticks pretty close to the source. The show’s creators Marshall… Continue reading Jersey Boys (2014) – Walk like a man

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Enjoy your stay

What a fun and quirky film this is. Those words have become pretty synonymous with  the films of Indie auteur Wes Anderson, thanks his plethora of bizarre idiosyncrasies. With this project his style seems to have really found its place. Everything, from the production design to the acting, has gelled so well, and you get… Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Enjoy your stay

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) – is it really though?

I was rather horrified by the opening sequence of this fifth and latest Die Hard film, where my loyalty to Bruce Willis’s heroic character was just about undone. For some reason, probably a misguided attempt to spice up the formula, John McClane goes around ruining everything for the entire opening of the film. Needless to… Continue reading A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) – is it really though?

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Not just “Live. Die. Repeat”

With what is basically a science fiction take on Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow ticks a lot of boxes. The effects are good, the action is big, and the story is engaging if simple. It treads a similar path to 2011’s Source Code, although on a much larger scale, and is helmed by Doug Liman of… Continue reading Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Not just “Live. Die. Repeat”

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) – A grim but satisfying outing

It turns out the title of this film, taken from American mystery writer Lawrence Block’s 1992 book from which it is adapted, is pretty apt. This is a slow paced crime thriller with a dark atmosphere, sporting perhaps a little less action that you might expect from Liam Neeson lately, although there are a fair… Continue reading A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) – A grim but satisfying outing

All Is Lost (2013) – A man against the elements

This is a deceptively simple film. One character, almost no dialogue, and only two ‘sets’ as such. The story is a series of problematic events chained together in one long journey. It relies heavily on Robert Redford, as the only actor on screen, to make that journey work. And work it does. At the very… Continue reading All Is Lost (2013) – A man against the elements