We talk about it on the Failed Critics podcast in depth if anyone is interested:
I loved it. I really, really did. It's probably Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction.
From the opening scene with Waltz being introduced riding through the dark, cold forest in his wagon with just a gas lamp lighting him, "recruiting" Django to help him collect his bounty, through to the final showdown in the last half an hour.
It was just a…
The very start of the film is excellent; Samuel L Jackson proving once again that he is Nick Fury. It's a nice introduction to a character that hasn't had a great deal of screen time in the films building up to this ultimate showdown. The action sequence following is a great set up to what is about to come, too.
After this initial fantastic start, Whedon slows the pace down slightly (and if I'm honest, spends just a little bit…
You can listen to my full review on the Failed Critics podcast, if you so wish! failedcritics.com/2012/07/22/failed-critics-episode-14-the-dark-knight-rises-batman-special/
Very briefly to sum up what I thought; it's a very good ending/final chapter to a great trilogy. It's bloody nice to have a trilogy that is actually a story told in 3 parts, as opposed to being 3 parts to an ongoing franchise. There's room for more Batman films in the series if it ever gets to that point, but it's also…
Ryan Gosling drives for a living. He's a mechanic, a stunt car driver (and potential racecar driver) but works there "part time". The rest of the time, he's a getaway driver for hoodlums. He falls for his neighbour (Carey Mulligan) whilst her husband is in prison. When he gets out, things between them get a bit complicated and Gosling ends up helping her husband out on a "job" that doesn't go to plan.
Firstly, the plot was rather weak. It's…
Bit late to the party now by posting my review even though I saw it over a week ago, but sometimes there just isn't enough time during a lunch break at work to post all my reviews.
It's the first film I've been to see in the cinema and actually had to queue for an hour. It was packed out. I knew it would be on opening night, but the nice little Cineworld we go to has never been heaving…
I'll be linking to the Failed Critics podcast review once it's out, so for now just some brief afterthoughts, but my word, what a film!
I can only liken it to the experience of seeing The Terminator for the first time. That introduction of a complex time-travel sci-fi action film with such unbelievable tension and excitement is very rare these days. Sci-fi films like Total Recall which are a bit disappointing are far too common. Even films I liked such…
If I'm being entirely honest, I don't think Argo is as tense as it's made out to be in some reviews. There's suspense, sure. But did I feel tense enough to get to the edge of my seat, chew my finger nails and think "oh cripes"? Not for any sustained period of time, no. I'd never really thought about a film being suspenseful but not tense before Argo. I just assumed it always goes hand in hand, you have one,…
I thought it would be one of those over-hyped films, but it was actually very enjoyable and Heath Ledger as Joker was actually brilliant too. Not just because he died therefore everybody talked about his performance. It really is one of the best performances on film. And it's a great action film. Possibly the best straight up action film of the last decade.
The first or second scene at the start of the movie had me worried (a dream in a dream! Who'd have thunk it) but actually it turned into a very good film. The only point in time whilst watching the film that I got stressed/annoyed was when a great big green line suddenly appeared on my tv screen! But switching the tv off and on again seemed to sort this problem, I'm sure you're glad to hear.
It did come…
Talked about it for over an hour on the Failed Critics film podcast: failedcritics.com/2012/12/19/failed-critics-review-the-hobbit/
As usual, however, I will sum up my thoughts here!
It may be unusual to say. but I wasn't particularly keen on Lord of the Rings. I found the first film decent, the second boring, and the third better. But as a whole, I just couldn't get excited about it. So, when The Hobbit came around, I wasn't especially excited about this either. I would've liked…
On Episode 7 of our Failed Critics podcast I discuss my thoughts in both spoilered and non-spoilered sections, so I'm not going to say too much about it here.
What I can tell you is I know for a fact that despite its flaws with regards to some of the plot holes, that I really enjoyed it and think it's a solid sci-fi film. It's perhaps not quite as enjoyable as something like The Avengers released this year, but…
Man, this film took an absolute age to finally get released, and then it took a further age for me to get around to watching it.
It's pretty good. It wasn't quite as good as I had built the film up to be in my mind. But pretty good.
The concept is quite clever - and I loved how self referential it all was - but there was something a little bit, erm, TV series-like about it. I guess it…