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 […]

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 […]