The Godfather Trilogy
Drama / Films

The Godfather Trilogy

Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather series – at least, the first two movies – have long been held up as a kind of cinematic watermark. The Godfather is widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made; in fact, The Godfather is widely considered the greatest movie ever made, period, whilst its follow-up, The Godfather Part … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street
Comedy / Drama / Films

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013 was the year of excess – the year Hollywood was drawn to decadence, impossible wealth and suspect morals. First there was Korine’s surreal and artistic Spring Breakers, then, Sofia Coppola’s vapid, but comically chilling The Bling Ring, and finally Baz Luhrmann’s misguided and overblown on the Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby. The final … Continue reading

12 Years a Slave
Drama / Films

12 Years a Slave

McQueen’s films are occasionally difficult to watch; taking an unflinching and quasi-documentary approach to their lurid, bordering on body-horror styled subject matter. Considering the director’s relative newcomer status, McQueen’s first two movies – 2008’s Hunger and 2011’s Shame – garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, with viewers praising McQueen’s measured directing and his mature … Continue reading

Spring Breakers
Comedy / Drama / Films

Spring Breakers

It’s interesting that two of the most talked about films of 2013 – Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers – share a lot of the same themes; youthful hedonistic excess, the need for instant gratification, a sense of disassociated responsibility and a detachment from reality. And of course, crime. Whereas Coppola’s … Continue reading

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Films / Horror

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Francis Ford Coppola has made some of the greatest movies of all time, and remains one of the world’s most influential filmmakers. The Conversation, The Godfather and it’s sequel, and Apocalypse Now were all seminal, cinema-altering movies which went some way to defining the American New Wave. Sadly, Coppola never really adapted once the Hollywood … Continue reading

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