Feature: How to improve the box office
Aug30

Feature: How to improve the box office

So this week has been the lowest box office in America for nearly two decades. This is naturally a concern and studios understandably are probably looking at what they can do to improve their chances. However to quote General Hummel from The Rock “don’t tell me problems, tell me solutions.” Here are my thoughts on how Hollywood and cinemas can improve on their box office. Release fewer bigger scale films Yes, this is bizarre and...

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Feature: Kong v CinemaSins
Aug16

Feature: Kong v CinemaSins

So some of you who like films and are on Twitter (both in my case) may have noticed Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts not taking kindly to his film being analysed by the YouTube channel CinemaSins (full story here, via Collider). For those of you don’t know CinemaSins do various videos but are mostly well known for “Everything Wrong With…”, a series that takes films point by point and looks at the flaws within, each one...

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Review: A Ghost Story
Aug14

Review: A Ghost Story

  Going into A Ghost Story I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Going out of it I am still not entirely sure what I think of it, what it represents and the hardest thing of all is how I would rate it and who I would recommend it to. Visually it looks great with the acting by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck (the latter often acting underneath a sheet) works well in a minimalist kind of a way while the direction and script by...

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Feature: Sony needs an intervention
Aug14

Feature: Sony needs an intervention

Let’s say you are a film producer and you have multiple millions to spend. You are given the choice of an established, beloved property handled by one of the foremost creators in animation or a silly idea based on a novelty that is likely to be dated on arrival and almost universally derided. If you picked the latter (aside from slapping yourself) congratulations, you could also be a Sony Animations producer. For those who don’t know...

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Review: Dunkirk
Jul25

Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a very hard film to rate. Visually it is stunning and once again Christopher Nolan has created an experience that deserves to be seen in the cinema. However I do think the spectacle comes at a cost. For those not aware it tells the story of the battle in the Second World War as the British and French soldiers were pinned back by the German advancing army where thousands of soldiers were successfully evacuated. While Nolan’s...

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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jul18

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Let’s be honest. Sony has not had the best time of it recently with some ill-advised remakes, the hacking scandal and a bizarre idea of how universe building works they needed some good news. So when they announced their deal with Marvel to get Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe they managed to get some much needed goodwill. This goodwill increased after Spider-Man’s terrific cameo in the superhero stuffed Civil War. Of...

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Feature: Doctor Who and the 13th Doctor
Jul17

Feature: Doctor Who and the 13th Doctor

So there you have it; Jodie Whittaker is going to be the first female Doctor. Cue various papers gnashing their teeth and saying what a horrible decision this was. For me personally there are other people I would’ve liked (Olivia Colman, Richard Adoyade, Tilda Swinton etc) but the principle is something I am happy to see and I have specific reasons from the perspective of a writer. New possibilities I will admit I am not a hardcore...

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Your childhood is safe – Jumanji 2 trailer thoughts
Jul03

Your childhood is safe – Jumanji 2 trailer thoughts

Your childhood is safe! Another day results in another reboot that has fans fearing for their favourite franchise. In this instance it isn’t even out yet but the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has got people worried. For those of you who haven’t seen it I suggest that you do before reading the rest of this article as I am about to spoil it. So the “twist” with this version of Jumanji is that it is a video game and that the...

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Review: The House
Jun30

Review: The House

  “Some clichés are cliché for a reason” says Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) at the start of this film. Unfortunately in the case of The House it does also say a lot for the construction of the plot and characters of this solid, average, straight down the middle production. The problem with reviewing comedies is that they are very subjective. What I find funny and what someone else finds funny can be very different (to use a gambling...

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Feature: Why we need critics
Jun26

Feature: Why we need critics

The director of the latest Mummy reboot is the latest to use the “I don’t make films for critics” argument. In a literal sense that’s true. Anyone who creates anything does it for an audience, even if it is for an imagined one in their head while they make something and don’t decide to show it to anyone. However in a sense the world has changed. With review websites and social media anyone can be a critic and anyone can give...

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