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  • The Grandmaster 2013

    Watched 28 Nov, 2014

    I absolutely loved Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster. It is a subtle and rare film that is a meticulously made period piece which looks absolutely magnificent, recalling both film noir and the marvellous sumptuous epics of Hollywood's golden era. Very much in line with Kar Wai Wong previous films.

    But this time there is lots of spectacular Kung Fu fighting thrown in. Respected action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping the guy behind the fight scenes in The Matrix, Kill Bill and…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    A couple of weeks ago I was extremely privileged to go along to a BAFTA screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes AND chat with Mr. Andy Serkis conducted by Empire's Dan Jolin.

    I say extremely privileged as the evening turned out to be one of my most memorable in a while. The event was held at the Ham Yard Hotel, this was my first visit to the Ham Yard and WOW! What a hotel. Belying its very…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    The Drop a Michaël R. Roskam Film – or welcome to Cousin Marv’s Bar where the fine tradition of watching the American dream die has been keeping a stool warm since the 50s.

    Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop is an excellent film but I can’t help but think it could have been a great film.

    In the opening shots of The Drop we see shadowy figures walking in a night lit Brooklyn street, we pan down to a puddle of…

  • 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…