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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Action/Adventure / Films

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Unlike Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was almost universally praised, reactions towards his Hobbit movies have been mixed. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, received its share of average to negative reviews, with some critics finding the movie overlong, self-indulgent, and most damning of all, boring. And honestly, it’s hard not to agree with these views.The … Continue reading

The Bling Ring
Comedy / Films

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola has always been concerned by the lifestyles of the wealthy, casting a casual eye over the disaffected and disaffecting world in which the upper classes live. Her movies – Marie Antonette, and Lost in Translation – tend to focus on the semi-absurdity of wealth and fame, often using money and status as a … Continue reading

Don Jon
Comedy / Films

Don Jon

There are certain things which have changed as the internet has grown. Social media platforms have altered the way people perceive others and portray themselves. News is now delivered through online word-of-mouth. Selfies, blogs and personal profiles have generated the generation of the ego. And porn has changed too. Porn has of course always been … Continue reading

Gravity
Action/Adventure / Films / Science Fiction / Thriller

Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. His back-catalogue is impressive – from the emotional, tragedic-comedy road trip of Y Tu Mamá También, to the blinding and powerful Children of Men, even to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the most creative and most-accomplished movie in the Potter franchise. Then there’s been interesting … Continue reading

Halloween II
Films / Horror

Halloween II

John Carpenter’s Halloween defined a genre and lead to a boom of imitators. Most of these – Friday the 13th, Prom Night – were bloodier retreads, with non of Halloween’s restraint, scares or sense of style. But as the 80s began, slashers proved to be big business – profitable franchises which could be churned out … Continue reading

[rec]
Films / Horror

[rec]

Horror fans tend to dismiss the 2000s as being the nadir of the genre, and it’s hard not to agree with them. The constant remakes of older, established slasher films, the seemingly endless parade of Japanese ghost stories – always advertised as “the scariest thing since The Ring” – and, of course, the gruesome and frankly … Continue reading

Drive
Films / Thriller

Drive

It’s hard to believe that Drive initially started as an action vehicle for Hugh Jackman before landing in the hands of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn – a man best known for his brutal Pusher trilogy – with Ryan Gosling firmly established in the lead role. The film, based on James Sallis’s unusual and dark crime novel, … Continue reading

Platoon
Action/Adventure / Films / Thriller

Platoon

There are, arguably, four big movies about the Vietnam war – Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon. These are the movies which have come to define the event in public consciousness, though the big four themselves – directed by, in order, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, Stanley Kubrick and Oliver Stone … Continue reading