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  • The World's End 2013

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    Edgar Wright's final third film in the Cornetto series The World's End is an absolute blast and a fitting finale to the trilogy. I had little expectation of The World's End I wasn't wild about Hot Fuzz or Paul but loved Scott Pilgrim vs. the World so my day could have gone either way but I went into the film with an open mind and was rewarded with one of this year's most entertaining cinema experiences.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/07/i-saw-edgar-wrights-worlds-end-earlier.html

  • The Wolverine 2013

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    Many of my colleagues loved The Wolverine, you can read Ben Mortimer's 5 Star review of The Wolverine over here! Sadly I did not.

    Wolverine is one of the most intriguing, if not fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately in the comics he has never quite lived up to the promise of an ageless feral warrior that is near indestructible and is at his best when surrounded by many other personalities to bounce off. Sadly Hugh Jackman's latest outing…

  • The Wolverine 2013

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    Many of my colleagues loved The Wolverine, you can read Ben Mortimer's 5 Star review of The Wolverine over here! Sadly I did not.

    Wolverine is one of the most intriguing, if not fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately in the comics he has never quite lived up to the promise of an ageless feral warrior that is near indestructible and is at his best when surrounded by many other personalities to bounce off. Sadly Hugh Jackman's latest outing…

  • Frances Ha 2012

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    Occasionally I am criticised for my seemingly overriding enjoyment of films that may be perceived as dark whilst looking down upon those that are lighter. It's been so long since I enjoyed an uplifting film without reserve that I almost started believing this - but it is a misnomer. I enjoy all good films with shades of intelligence and Frances Ha is an upbeat film that is both joyful and intelligent and puts an end to that theory.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/07/i-man-up-and-let-greta-gerwig-dance.html

  • Blackfish 2013

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    In the title of this post I am of course referring to man when referencing the most dangerous creature on Earth. Gabriela Cowperthwaite Co-Writer and Director of Blackfish not only paints a disturbing picture of Man vs Nature but Man vs Man. I should preface this post by mentioning I have been fortunate to dive around the globe and have come face to face with many sea creatures - friendly & otherwise and anyone who does not think that there is intelligence behind the eyes of these creatures has been deprived of information.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/07/blackfish-is-insightful-look-into-most.html

  • The Heat 2013

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    Paul Feig's The Heat is absolutely hilarious. Both my wife and I were in fits of laughter the whole way through. Getting Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to team up is a stroke of genius as their personalities are yin & the yang and their chemistry carries the film over the touchline. The Heat is one of those rare films that despite releasing funny trailers and clips still leaves lots of unseen hilarious bits on screen to be experienced.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/08/the-heat-is-funniest-film-i-have-seen.html

  • The Lone Ranger 2013

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    I have a soft spot when it comes to the Lone Ranger and I love a good Western. I enjoyed the Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels TV show like most kids at an age when TV, Cowboys, gunplay and masked men are a fascination - however my interest started years before with the Dell comics and especially the Brown Watson Lone Ranger Annuals.

    Initially I just enjoyed them and it never occurred to me that there was more to John Reid's…

  • Purple Noon 1960

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    By my count there have 5 interpretations of Tom Ripley on screen. John Malkovich in Ripley's Game, Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dennis Hopper in The American Friend, Barry Pepper in Ripley Under Ground and of course - still - the greatest Ripley of them all - Alain Delon in Plein Soleil.

    There is definitely something to be said for Patricia Highsmith's literary character Tom Ripley, a character that has fascinated the public enough to give birth to…

  • Riddick 2013

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    I have to say David Twohy's Riddick is one of this Summer's most entertaining read fun Sci Fi films and is up there close with Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness in terms of entertainment and creativity. It is an action packed thrill ride that easily earns it solid 15 certification and between you and me - it can teach The Wolverine something about being a feral animalistic anti hero (and whilst its not as epic) the Man…

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

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    Writing this post is bitter-sweet for me. Sweet because Thor: The Dark World is pretty damn awesome and I loved it! If you read my thoughts on Kenneth Branagh's previous Thor film over here Thor Review & Maybe I’m Getting To Old For This you'll know I enjoyed some aspects of the film but wasn't blown away, in fact I was a little disappointed. In the run up to its release it did appear that Thor: The Dark World was going to address my particular set of qualms with the Thor and when it came to delivering the goods - it did.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/10/thor-dark-world-smashes-it-and-asks.html

  • The Counselor 2013

    Watched 07 Nov, 2013

    A couple of weeks ago I read an online post entitled “Ridley Scott’s Trojan Horse Career” the gist of it is, is that writers Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan contend that Ridley Scott's films are polished delivery systems for ideas. Now whilst the article is well written, informed and conceived, until I watched Ridley Scott's latest film The Counsellor the relevance of it had a lot less meaning.

    Ridley Scott's The Counsellor blew me away! Not in wow this is…

  • In Fear 2013

    Watched 12 Nov, 2013

    In Fear is the dread filled story of a young couple effectively on their first date. On their way to a festival Tom (Iain De Caestecker) surprises Lucy (Alice Englert) by making a reservation at the Kilairney House Hotel, for a little slice of paradise in the Emerald Isle. Part of the success of In Fear is that the relationship between Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) is so personable, it's awkward, clumsy but full of youthful hope.…