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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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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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Dec18

Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

SPOILER WARNING – I try to keep spoilers to a minimum, however plot and characters are discussed. I must admit I was looking forward to Rogue One. I liked the idea of a darker Star Wars film and it was bold to have this as the follow up to The Force Awakens. Okay so it takes place before A New Hope which was the first film released but if we go into timelines etc this will get confusing). To keep things simple this is a film...

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Feature: What is a Christmas film?
Dec12

Feature: What is a Christmas film?

I am sorry but I must disagree with the above meme. Don’t get me wrong, Die Hard is an excellent action film and a classic that created a genre, with career making performances from Bruce Willis and the late Alan Rickman. Where I disagree is the idea that it is automatically a Christmas film because it is set at Christmas. Nobody seems to say this about Lethal Weapon or Iron Man 3. There are a lot of films that take place during...

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Feature: The problem with creating a shared universe
Dec12

Feature: The problem with creating a shared universe

It’s all Marvel’s fault. Since the first time Nick Fury popped up in the end credits of Iron Man studios have been like the other chocolate factories trying to steal Willy Wonka’s cinematic confectionery. Unfortunately in this universe it seems Marvel still has the secret recipe while their competitors are still trying to figure out what the ingredients are. It should be said Marvel are not perfect. For those moaning about Fox’s...

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Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer Thoughts
Dec11

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer Thoughts

So the moment has arrived, we finally have a trailer for the latest Spider-Man film. I will be going over it bit by bit but if you want to watch it first see the trailer below: The opening heist This is exactly the opening I was hoping for; the robbers in Avengers masks, some textbook quipping and some neat action sequences to top it off! Peter goes to school OK this is more of a grouping but the high school scenes have a cuteness and...

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Feature: Sega to the Movies!
Dec07

Feature: Sega to the Movies!

On various sites it’s been announced that Sega will be working on film and TV shows based on titles such as Altered Beast and Streets of Rage. I can imagine what my younger self now would be thinking; “Awesome!” Admittedly this inner child would probably be more intrigued by the Tim Miller produced Sonic movie and I must admit the thought of his action style and cheeky fourth wall breaking humour could be ideal for the...

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