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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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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