Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review

If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain… then you’ll have liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Which came out of leftfield at the time and was (yet another) risk for Marvel studios, banking on unknown characters that were not hugely connected to the existing Avengers universe. And Chris Pratt, as… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review

Joy: Lawrence adds strings to her bow

Let’s say, in some other reality, Jennifer Lawrence hadn’t met David O. Russell and her career had (thus far) just been built upon an impressively gritty debut (Winter’s Bone) and a teen action franchise (Hunger Games), would we hold her in such high regard? I rather doubt it. And this really isn’t a dig, but… Continue reading Joy: Lawrence adds strings to her bow

Guardians of the Galaxy: release your geek

“Unruly geeks change the world” ― Alexandra Robbins, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School In a world… That’s how those voiceover guys (and gals, occasionally) do it right? At least for the big blockbusters they tend to. Let’s start again, shall we? In a world… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: release your geek

American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

Big hair, big actors, big performances and small dresses. That’s what you get from this latest offering by writer-director David O. Russell – the man behind award winning films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Set in the ’70s and loosely following the FBI Abscam operation, we start with our main character, conman Irving Rosenfeld… Continue reading American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

The Place Beyond The Pines…Schenectady

When mentioning that I was going to see The Place Beyond the Pines I referred to it as ‘the latest Ryan Gosling movie’, which is fair, given the trailer. However, it’s not an out-and-out Gosling movie, not entirely. I’ll explain, but first, the setup. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a motorcyle stunt rider who works for… Continue reading The Place Beyond The Pines…Schenectady

Best twenty films of 2012

It’s been an epic year for films across a variety of genres. This list reflects my taste in films so I hope you enjoy. Sorry Twilight, you didn’t make the cut! Skyfall Strangely there are people who don’t like this film and say it’s not classic Bond. I think it’s the closest to Fleming’s Bond… Continue reading Best twenty films of 2012

Silver Linings Playbook – smart, edgy rom-com

Seems David O. Russell is on a bit of a roll. Following a six-year break after I ♥ Huckabees, the Writer/Director returned in 2010 with a film which bagged him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, critically-acclaimed boxing tale, The Fighter. His latest effort, Silver Linings Playbook, is another triumph – dramatic, touching, funny and… Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook – smart, edgy rom-com