Has product placement gone too far?
Mar29

Has product placement gone too far?

To start this is not about bashing Power Rangers and I can’t state enough that I really enjoyed it. But the sad fact is I was distracted by the product placement, something that by and large should be unobtrusive. The film itself is very good, better than I thought it would be in fact. The characters work well and they feel like real teenagers in much the same way as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man does. And even with the excessive...

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Review: Power Rangers
Mar24

Review: Power Rangers

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. It can be great, clinging to something you love and giving you something positive when you are having a crap day. But sometimes it can be damaging and you can kid yourself that something is better when it’s not. I did watch the original Power Rangers and I enjoyed it. Sure it is very cheesy but a lot of great things are. Love Actually, Friends, Mamma Mia, Con Air, Face/Off and a million and one other...

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Review: Logan
Mar14

Review: Logan

WARNING! Spoilers Let’s be honest; X-Men Origins: Wolverine was terrible and The Wolverine was patchy. Therefore the odds of a third Wolverine film being incredible were low. But sometimes Hollywood defies logic and Logan is a great example of this. In a sense this is what fans have wanted for a long time; a 15 certificate version where Wolverine can be let off the leash. However while you get this you also get something you wouldn’t...

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Review: Kong: Skull Island
Mar09

Review: Kong: Skull Island

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS A SPOILER FOR GODZILLA (2014). AS WITH ANY OF THESE REVIEWS I TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS BUT THIS IS YOUR WARNING IF YOU WANT TO GO IN TOTALLY COLD AS SOME PLOT AND CHARACTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED. In a surprising twist March has become a big month for blockbusters this year; Logan, Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers are all coming out just as spring begins reluctantly…springing. Sandwiched between these heavy...

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International Women’s Day: What defines “strong female characters?”
Mar08

International Women’s Day: What defines “strong female characters?”

OK first point off the bat. Yes I know I am not a woman so hopefully someone will write a response to this but for me this is more looking at different types of character and what Hollywood should take into account going further. Heroes It is interesting to see the progression of female protagonists over the years. Frozen proved interesting by looking at the dynamic between sisters but this can overshadow other great examples such as...

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Rob Turner’s Valentines Day Movies
Feb10

Rob Turner’s Valentines Day Movies

It is easy to be cynical about this day. Concocted so that people can sell pretty flowers and restaurants can charge triple the amount for a lamb stew in a heart mould. But here’s the thing, a lot of movies have love stories at their centre and this means there is a love story to suit pretty much anyone. The All You Can Eat Buffet: Love Actually Yes a lot of people have a go at this film. And some may say it’s more a...

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Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman – Good or bad?
Feb01

Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman – Good or bad?

Let’s face it, Batman is the strongest card DC have in their deck. Therefore it was a big deal when Ben Affleck said he wanted to direct as well as star. And then Live By Night happened. Now as I said before I enjoyed the film even if others didn’t. Sadly some films struggle because in their particular genre are not just great films but true icons; Goodfellas, Godfather, Once Upon A Time In America. Trying to find something new that...

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Review: Live By Night
Jan18

Review: Live By Night

I ended last week watching Citizen Kane and started this week watching this film. What was interesting to see was that the screening for Citizen Kane was practically sold out while this one was almost empty. So was this a terrible experience that deserved an empty room? I have to say no, it is a very enjoyable gangster story with a lot going for it. It’s just that it lacks in some departments that stops it from entering 10 out of...

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Feature: What I’m looking forward to next year
Dec31

Feature: What I’m looking forward to next year

There are lots of great films to look forward to next year and this could really be DC’s year. The Lego Batman trailers were great fun, Wonder Woman looks like an interesting spin on the “superpowered fish out of water” concept and Justice League may well be the moment they establish their identity. I am lucky because my birthday is in January, so there will be a chance to watch an award contender such as La La Land...

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Feature: Review of 2016
Dec31

Feature: Review of 2016

2016 was a fascinating year for me. I enjoyed watching a wide range of films, some that were more pleasing than others. As a quick overview here are some lessons that should be learned for 2017. Animation isn’t just for kids I am yet to see Kubo And The Two Strings or Moana (I know, shameful) but for me Zootopia/Zootropolis was my favourite film of the year. On the one hand it could be enjoyed as a funny story with anthromorphic...

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