Gravity (2013) – A series of unfortunate events

After seeing the trailer for Gravity a while back I was honestly expecting a bit of a boring time. Then everyone I knew who saw it started saying how good it was. It turns out I was wrong – it wasn’t boring – and so were the people who sang its praises – it wasn’t… Continue reading Gravity (2013) – A series of unfortunate events

Free Birds (2013) – Quirky fun

Apparently turkeys are pretty damn funny. At least when they’re in the hands of the right people. Director Jimmy Hayward seems to have interesting taste, starting in film as an animator for Pixar before directing Horton Hears a Who! and Jonah Hex. He is credited with the screenplay alongside, even more bizarrely, Kevin Smith collaborator… Continue reading Free Birds (2013) – Quirky fun

Mutant Girls Squad (2010) – Great exploitations

I must admit, I’m quite partial to these Japanese splatter films. This one is probably one of the more plot driven ones out there, which might not be saying a lot. But, as in any case, the plot is mostly there to string a bunch of awesomely ludicrous action and effects scenes together. And boy,… Continue reading Mutant Girls Squad (2010) – Great exploitations

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) is one hell of a place

This is a beast of a film, with intertwining stories of three protagonists playing out across a large time frame. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance hasn’t made things easy for himself here, biting off a lot. Fortunately the production chews through it pretty well, and events play out at a deliberate pace broken by occasional… Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) is one hell of a place

The Book Thief (2013) will steal your heart

This is a brave film. Brave in that it doesn’t shy away from showing a full range of emotion and exploring concepts of humanity, despite being a family film. Set in a bleak German town on the brink of World War II, our hero is a young girl adopted out along with her brother, who… Continue reading The Book Thief (2013) will steal your heart

The Expendables 3 (2014) – Back in action again

Don’t ask me why, but I was a little worried going into this third instalment of a franchise I have enjoyed so much. Reviews haven’t been great for The Expendables 3, but then again they’ve rarely been great. I was, admittedly, wondering how Sly and the crew could keep serving up something as fun and… Continue reading The Expendables 3 (2014) – Back in action again

Robin Williams – Mr Wonderful

Where do you even begin to talk about the life and work of a man so crazily prolific as Robin Williams? Everyone from Baby Boomers to Generation Zs have grown up laughing at his many roles, and then there’s the serious stuff too. My own introduction to him was through Disney’s Aladdin, as the lovable,… Continue reading Robin Williams – Mr Wonderful