A Monster Calls: deeply sad and moving

Quality over quantity. That seems to be how Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has approached his career thus far. His first feature length was The Orphanage (2007), then the immensely sad The Impossible (2012), which was a critical and commercial success. And now, at the start of the new year, he gives us likely Oscar… Continue reading A Monster Calls: deeply sad and moving

Rogue One: upping the game

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Donnie Yen) Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL

So how on earth do I review a Star Wars film without spoiling it? It’s tough but let’s try. To start with, it’s not called Star Wars colon something, so it already sets itself apart from the others. It’s linked, definitely. But it’s a little rebel of its own, which is kind of great. Plot… Continue reading Rogue One: upping the game

The Theory of Everything: Redmayne and Jones dazzle and delight

And so there was a big bang and then… A brief history of Stephen Hawking came to pass. An as Englishman I sometimes forget that, as a global power, we punch massively above our weight. Particularly when it comes to producing bona fide geniuses. In recent months The Imitation Game hit the cinemas, charting the… Continue reading The Theory of Everything: Redmayne and Jones dazzle and delight

Take your ass back to the trailer park – part 3

It’s January and the skies and cold and grey.’ Good line for a song? Perhaps if we turn it around. ‘It’s January and the skies are cold and grey, but it’s warm inside the cinema and therefore we shall stay… and watch many films.’ Ok the rhyme needs work but you get the idea. Escapism… Continue reading Take your ass back to the trailer park – part 3