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Take 2: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

"Hasta La Vista, Baby."

Between this and Aliens James Cameron has proved that you can make a great sequel that builds on the original story yet stands alone. Unfortunately, Hollywood took this as ‘all sequels can work’ and started churning out lazy cash-grabs. We probably need to send Arnie back in time to deal with him. Then again perhaps we shouldn’t because this stands as a masterpiece of action cinema. The formula is simple...

Saturday, Dec 03, 2016

Film: Arrival

"Now that's a proper introduction."

As 12 mysterious alien pods arrive on Earth, a linguist (Amy Adams) is enlisted by the U.S. Army to help decipher their language. Following on from the fantastic Sicario, Arrival is another hit from Denis Villeneuve. It looks into the very nature of language and communication, challenges our perception of time, then explores the connection between the two. This is all while keeping us on the edges of our seats....

Saturday, Nov 26, 2016

Film: Nocturnal Animals

"I left him in the most brutal way possible."

An art dealer (Amy Adams) receives a book written by her ex-husband of 20 years (Jake Gyllenhaal), dedicated to her and named after her. As she reads it she becomes more and more engulfed in the story. This is Tom Ford’s second film after the stylish but somewhat vapid A Single Man, and from the first few minutes of Nocturnal Animals it seems like we’re in for a similar ride....

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Film: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

"They don't understand the most important role of sisterhood. There's no 'I' in 'Sorority'."

A follow up to the 2014 comedy (hit?). This time a group of young women, annoyed with the rules of current sororities, want to start their own next to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne’s house, but it’s causing problems with the impending sale of the building. More partying and neighbourly antics ensue. Hollywood execs can now firmly pat themselves on the back and say they care about women because they...

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

Take 2: Singin' in the Rain

"Why, I make more money than - than - than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"

This is an unusual review of sorts… we screened the film at our wedding! Many thanks to the Curzon Cinema in Sheffield for putting on such a great event. It’s always been a favourite of mine and seeing up on the big screen was a real treat. The thought had crossed my mind that perhaps a crowd of 65 people might not share our enthusiasm but I was proven wrong,...

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016

Film: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

"Conner's music may not be what I listen to in my free time, but it seems to make so many people money."

A mockumentary pastiche of vapid films about bland popstars, like the Bieber movie or the Katy Perry documentary. This is a great idea for a parody considering the recent trend of everyone getting a film made about their lives. Annoyingly however Popstar isn’t quite scathing enough. The quick Anne Frank quip (referencing the time Justin Bieber wrote that Anne Frank would have been a Belieber) was the only true shot...

Saturday, Nov 05, 2016

Film: My Scientology Movie

"Come on! Do I look brainwashed to you?"

Scientology, the North Korea of religions, is both an easy and hard target for a documentary. On the one hand, generating interest in the subject is not too difficult. However, gleaning enough information and new material to be able to make something we haven’t seen before can be tricky. Louis Theroux claims he has been trying to gain access to the church for years with no success. In My Scientology...

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016