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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Review: The Lego Batman Movie
Feb15

Review: The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Movie was a big surprise, something that on the face of it should have been dumb and silly, essentially a feature length toy commercial. While this was still true directors Lord and Miller took the same smart approach they did to 21 Jump Street, creating something that was both silly but also had the right mix of sly satire and heart that the best family films often have. The challenge with The Lego Batman Movie is that it is...

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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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Feature: The Suicide Squad Movie That Might’ve Been
Jan24

Feature: The Suicide Squad Movie That Might’ve Been

David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, recently issued a statement regarding how the film was received. It seemed very heartfelt and as someone who has been on the end of this kind of thing in the past I did feel sorry for him and hope it makes internet commentators remember that at the end of the day even if you don’t like something you should be reasonably respectful. One thing in the statement that did intrigue me (and...

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Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Jan24

Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Story The latest instalment of the long running series is set in this year, 2017, around four years after the previous main entry. It’s a world away from those explosive and action packed events as Resi 6 reins in the vast scope and focuses exclusively on a single derelict mansion in the swampy locale of Louisiana, USA. It really harks back to the Spencer Mansion lurking in the Arklay Mountains or the very first...

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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: Philosophers on film: Citizen Kane
Jan16

Feature: Philosophers on film: Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is a big film with a big reputation. Inevitably some will question whether it is worth the tag of “best film ever”. For me I think it is definitely up there for a reason and with recent events if anything it has become more relevant than ever. This film was being presented as part of the regular Philosophers on film series hosted at Cinema City by film professor Dr Vincent M. Gaine. Previous films have included everything...

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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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