Logan: sad, beautiful and final

James Mangold is a compelling director; in that a lot of his work has real emotional depth and nuance, and often benefits from repeat viewing. And he’s kind of underappreciated. I mean, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 To Yuma and Walk The Line all had him at the helm. And yes, granted, he’s also got The Wolverine on his… Continue reading Logan: sad, beautiful and final

X-Men: Apocalypse – review

The thing about superhero movies (as some geeky pub conversations may go), is that they have to get bigger and more spectacular each time. To the point where there’s nowhere left to take the story. And, whilst previous X-Men films have destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge and football stadiums and such, the only logical way… Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse – review

Trailer park: The Jungle Book, X-Men, Warcraft

Continuing my run of ‘trailer park’ blogs, here’s another. This one focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and action. ‘Tis the season to fight monsters, tra la la la laa. The Jungle Book (out April 2016) Picking up (in a way) where Life of Pi left off, this film takes the technology further in what looks… Continue reading Trailer park: The Jungle Book, X-Men, Warcraft

Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

We’re living in a time of caped crusaders, masked vigilantes, mutants with god complexes… anyway, you get the idea. Plucking a time period of the last ten years out the air to give this thing some parameters, here are my favourites, along with my reasons why. 10. Thor (2011) Deciding that you’re going to stick… Continue reading Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

X-Men: Days of Future Past review

So… How do you discuss the new X-Men film without giving too much away? Well that’s easy, throw in time travel. Always guaranteed to confuse all but the most hardened of moviegoers. And indeed confuse was the case in the cinema I went to; a full house with the audience all sitting quietly, leaning forward… Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past review

Trailer park: Gilliam, Godzilla, Jump Street and X-Men

Quite a lot of interesting films out in the next few months or so. From another glimpse into the mind of the lunatic that is Terry Gilliam to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill proving that 21 Jump Street was no fluke… they hope (note: I haven’t actually seen it yet, obviously); there’s films galore to… Continue reading Trailer park: Gilliam, Godzilla, Jump Street and X-Men

Katniss and a mockingjay: the revolution will be televised

‘Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire.’ The same could be said of Jennifer Lawrence these days. Following her award winning performance last year, she’s got some exciting things lined up to hit the screen soon. American Hustle, reuniting her with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, is out in December which, from the trailer,… Continue reading Katniss and a mockingjay: the revolution will be televised

Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe

For this posting I’d like to discuss the evolution of the Marvel universe. I recently – finally – got around to seeing The Avengers. Or, as it’s known in the UK, Avengers Assemble (damn you, Steed). I have to say, having unavoidably seen and heard many reviews, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it and… Continue reading Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe