Some moments are among the best of Tarantino's career, but once again a potential 5 star classic is undone by his own indulgances.
The first two thirds are near perfect with Waltz effectively playing the lead; we start in typical Tarantino black comedy territory giving his twist on the spaghetti western. The second third takes us into much darker territory, perhaps the darkest of his career, and is refreshing, terrifying and awe-inspiring all at once.
Sadly, the final act is…
Anyone who pays any attention to me will be aware I have been less than excited about the prospect of THE AVENGERS this year. I have been in a seemingly tiny minority.
My reservations were based around the idea that it was a culmination of a 5 year Hollywood-machine experiment. That and the fact I'm not a fan of Joss Whedon. (For the record anyone who uses phrases like "The Whedon-verse" is no better than wet knickered teenagers using phrases…
It's taking four days of soul-searching, but I think I've decided that Dark Knight Rises is not only an incredible disappointment but also a colossal mess of a film. I don't say this lightly.
I'm a huge fan of what Christopher Nolan has done to the Caped Crusader, and I still think he's one of the best directors working within the Hollywood system. But this is a case of where Nolan needed a firm hand on the brake.
It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.
Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.
On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…
Whilst I'd been excited about seeing LOOPER since first catching a trailer months ago, I was amazed to find that the film not only met my expectations, but surpassed them.
Knowing little beyond the trailer is a good idea, and the plotline about Joseph Gordon-Levitt having to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) is literally only half the story.
Writer-director Rian Johnson skillfully weaves in elements of several other sci-fi movies, but it never feels like a rip-off, or a…
Perfectly adequate adaptation, but given the people involved, adequate isn't good enough.
I'm not that big a fan of the original adaptation (I much preferred the other two parts of the trilogy), finding it a standard murder mystery dressed up in fancier clothing. Fincher's version adds nothing new to the mix bar a slight tweaking to the ending, which, I've heard, is closer to the novel. Sadly it leaves us with a string of multiple endings leading to more loose…
I tried. I REALLY tried, but I now know that Les Mis is not for me.
I have an inbuilt inability to enjoy musicals (bar Grease and South Park), so one as overblown and religiously adored as this was never going to win me over. What surprised me was that there is also some genuinely BAD film-making at work here, which clearly the audience of Les Mis disciples I just saw it with couldn't give a monkey's about, and were…
I honestly have no idea how many times I've seen JAWS. But everytime I do, I notice something new, some nuance, some glance, some snippet of dialogue that I've never noticed before.
It's just absolutely perfect film-making.
Having read the 'Jaws Log' it's fascinating to re-visit the film and see how stuff that seemed so organic, and natural in terms of the film only came about because of the well-documented production problems.
The new Bluray is absolutely stunning. Someone told…
Not quite the modern classic I'd been led to believe it was, it's still a stunning piece of work from Gareth Edwards.
A stripped down action-fest with a minimum of backstory, it never lets up from the moment a group of special forces arrive at an apartment block to take down a ganglord.
Obviously made on a tiny budget, it uses the location brilliantly. What lets it down is that towards the end it starts to run short on ideas,…