The second part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is unquestionably a much better ride than his ponderous first installment. The pace is more urgent, the atmosphere is drenched with danger and each set piece explodes with a feisty confidence and huge sense of fun. It is however always living in the shadow(in the east) of greater achievements. Jackson set his bar so high with LOTR that following in it's footsteps was always going to be a thankless task.
Nestled somewhere between Stand by Me and Moonrise Kingdom and channeling Wes Anderson via John Huges, Jordan Vogt-Roberts coming of age fantasy The Kings of Summer hits just the right note.
Focusing on three fifteen year old boys who run away from home to build a house in a secret patch of woods they discovered. It's a coming of age story that has been told many times before, but rarely with such love and affection.
Vogt-Roberts masterstroke here is eliciting…
You could be forgiven for thinking that the British film industry is dead. Lets be honest, the last big, successful, good movie, produced and distributed by a British studio was, The Woman in Black. That wonderfully scary and stylish ghost story that heralded the return of Hammer(at least for a time).
There are lets not forget, are a decent number of films made in this country, The Kings Speech, Prometheus, Les Misrables, Skyfall to name but 4. None of these,…
Mr T has spent his Fistfull of Dollars well. Django Unchained looks fabulous, sounds fantastic and is performed with all the vim and zip you would expect from the Director of Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. The Script is very good and manages to balance riotous laughs and riotous violence in the way only QT can. There are some great blink and you miss them cameos(now de riguer for a Tarantino movie but still fun). Bruce Dern pops…