REVIEW – The Great Gatsby (2013)

I love Gatsby.  I love the character, I love the story and maybe one day I’ll love this film.  For now, this is just the better-than-I-thought Gatsby.  But let me tell you a bit more about that, old sport. I loved Jay Gatsby as soon as I first met him.  Well, like the people at […]

REVIEW – Foxcatcher

It has been said many times that truth is stranger than fiction.  “Based on a true story” (a phrase that seems ready-made for Hollywood and a liberal dose of poetic licence), Foxcatcher a strange movie featuring a strange person who starts behaving increasingly, err, strangely.  It tells a fascinating story and has a better sense of tension than most horror movies. […]

REVIEW – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Give the people what they want.”  It sounds simple doesn’t it, but try telling that to George Lucas. Because what we want is something both fresh and familiar.  At the same time, nostalgia fills in the plot holes and edits out the clunkier dialogue of the original trilogy, so even those films aren’t a patch on the […]

SPECTRE review – a better, balanced Bond

Expectation is a dangerous thing.   In a world of teasers, trailers and Twitter, it’s all too easy to get over-excited to the point where even the best movie (or game, or book, or … ) can leave you cold.   I was in real danger of this happening with SPECTRE.  From general anticipation, through the excitement of the title […]

Crazy Stupid Love review – this one’s a keeper

Crazy Stupid Love (2011, rated 12A) opens with Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) in the middle of what might just be the world’s most unsuccessful “date night”.   Stuck in a rut and  some comfortable clothing, we see them go through the motions with a mechanical efficiency.  They are a couple on completely different wavelengths – he wants […]

Macbeth (2015) reviewed – Something turgid this way comes

Contains spoilers (if that’s possible!) After reading many glowing reviews from critics, I was really looking forward to Macbeth (2015, rated 15, 113 mins).  I enjoyed the book and various theatre productions but I’ve always been a “film guy” when it comes down to it.  Classic text, excellent actors, beautiful cinematography – what could go wrong? Well let’s start […]

The Gamechangers – review

Described by the BBC as a “factual drama” and by Rockstar as random, made up bollocks, let’s just agree that The Gamechangers is a landmark moment for UK gamers.  Whatever the quality, here we have a 90 minute primetime BBC drama starring Daniel Radcliffe & Bill Paxton and centred around Grand Theft Auto (GTA), one of the biggest videogame […]