Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 1 – review

Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 1 – review

Following events in the last Hunger Games where (spoiler, but I’ll assume, for the purposes of this blog, that you’re up to speed on the story so far) Katniss basically broke the arena in a giant explosion and was whisked away by the rebels, which included Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). Quite … Continue reading

Interstellar: Nolan goes intergalactic

Interstellar: Nolan goes intergalactic

We’ve entered a time in which certain filmmakers – directors and writers to be precise – are being afforded a fairly free license to make the films that they want to make. Films on an epic scale, but with added smarts. The thinking person’s blockbuster. With Interstellar director Christopher Nolan has firmly left the Batman … Continue reading

Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage

Phase 2 of Ben Affleck’s career just keeps impressing. It probably started with Gone Baby Gone in 2006, which he wrote and directed. Then The Town in 2010, in which he starred and directed. He followed this with Argo in 2012, again, he starred and directed. In the same year he managed to fit in … Continue reading

Naming Queen songs in film… don’t stop me now

Naming Queen songs in film… don’t stop me now

Everyone loves a bit of Queen right? In tribute to their musical greatness I thought I’d highlight a few moments they’ve contributed to cinema. Whether – like the first two in the list below – they were responsible for almost the film’s entire soundtrack, or one of their songs were used in a particular scene, … Continue reading

On my mind… Keira Knightley

On my mind… Keira Knightley

A lot of ladies seem to hate her. I sort of see why. She can come across – in her performances at least – as a little smug. Yet in press interviews and chat shows she’s warm, personable, enthusiastic about her roles and really quite endearing. Sticking to her acting abilities, she does have talent. … Continue reading

Forever: Highlander meets CSI

Forever: Highlander meets CSI

The other week I started – quite at random – watching a new show called Forever starring Ioan Gruffudd. (The latest charming Brit to take the lead in an American TV show.) Much like Highlander, the main character, Dr Henry Morgan (Gruffudd) is immortal. He can die, but he comes back to life again. Naked … Continue reading

That’s paranoia baby!

That’s paranoia baby!

That creeping sense of dread. Tick, tock, goes the clock. Your time is up. Is someone approaching? Did I leave the oven on? And what about those damn test results? We’ve all got paranoid at one time or another. Difference is we’re often alone with our thoughts, or boring friends and family with our self-destructive … Continue reading

What’s harder, horror or comedy?

What’s harder, horror or comedy?

Lately I’ve seen some shockers on both sides. Sitting on the sofa as the credits rolls I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what the issue is and why I didn’t engage with the characters or the story. Take horror for example. The problem is there’s – and I know many would contest this – only a … Continue reading