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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The Oscars….so…that happened…
Feb28

The Oscars….so…that happened…

For years now people have complained about the Oscars being boring, citing them as too safe and pointing out the falling ratings. Well last night’s ceremony provided a talking point for all the wrong reasons as La La Land was mistakenly idenitifed as the Best Picture Winner, only for host Jimmy Kimmel to point out that it was actually Moonlight that won. It’s a shame this bizarre farce (Warren Beatty’s hesitation and Faye...

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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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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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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: 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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