• Lincoln

    Lincoln

    ★★★★½

    All that keeps this from getting full marks is Lincoln's first appearance and the end of the film, which didn't really need to cover the assassination. Aside from this though, an excellent work.

  • Iron Sky

    Iron Sky

    ★★★

    Make no mistake, this is an incredibly silly film with a ludicrous plot and all the subtly of a nail-ridden mallet to the groin. However, it’s undeniably an enjoyable hour and a half which raises a few good laughs and certainly keeps its audience entertained. Let’s also remember that it’s amazing that this film got off the ground at all, and as a low budget romp it has an ambition that far exceeds what one might logically expect from it.…

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    What could have been an appalling mess in the way that Tim Burton’s film was, this series reboot is surprisingly well made and far more enjoyable than it perhaps has rights to be. While it has nods to the previous films it in no way bogs the film down under a weight of previous glories. Importantly, the reasoning behind the rise of the apes, as well as the logic behind the one ape of high intelligence leading the revolt, is…

  • No Strings Attached

    No Strings Attached

    Vacuous, overlong and downright appalling. I struggle to see who this film was really aimed at. Anyone male that I know was bored senseless by it, while female viewers I know have taken issue with characterisation and ideas such as a guy making 'a period mix tape' being either a romantic gesture or particularly funny. The lead charecters are also deeply unlikable. The result is to make one long for a small nuclear device to accidently go off and remove…

  • The Raven

    The Raven

    ★★★

    In no way is this a stand out film or indeed one you are likely to watch twice. However, there is no denying that it moves along at a pace so that at no point do you find yourself longing for it to end. Instead, more often you find yourself caught up in the (somewhat absurd) story or playing ‘spot the reference’. In many ways it’s a B movie, and when enjoyed as such it’s perfectly acceptable. It’ll never be…

  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    ★★★★½

    As with any Aardman film, the look, the style of humour and the charecters all have an inherent charm to them. The detail in every shot is stunning considering the type of animation, and will doubtless mean that every rewatch is a joy. Much as you would expect, it contains a variety of levels of humour that should appeal to a variety of ages. Curse of the Were Rabbit still marks the high point of Aardman's film efforts, but this…

  • Still Crazy

    Still Crazy

    If This is Spinal Tap is the best music comedy to have come out of the US, then Still Crazy is Britain's equivalent. Despite the band being made up of well known faces like Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail, as a band brought of of retirement for one last shot at th limelight they are entirely believable. One of the great strengths of Spinal Tap was that even the most outrageous of comedy moments had a basis in something that…

  • Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

    Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

    ★★★★★

    One of the more unusual music documentaries out there, though perhaps unsurprising due to the musician in question and the artist in the directors chair. While it examines the making of Steven Wilson's first solo album 'Insurgentes' and his journey around the world to make it, it is more largely concerned with the state of the music industry. Wilson's views are fairly well known among his fans, but this film allows him to expand upon why he has such a…

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    It's highly rare that I am unable to sit through a film until the end. This film marks one of only two exceptions that I can think of. As a straight forward action film I could see that it would be passable, even if it were not to my taste. What it is not, however, is anything that resembles Sherlock Holmes to me. Aside from the setting, which is a terrible cod-Vicorian-London that so many Hollywood films have been guilty…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of the finest cult comedy films ever made. On the surface the plot seems somewhat thin, but the film is far more concerned with portraying the end of the 60s against the end of a friendship, neither of which can realistically continue. The two leads are both marvellous in the roles, especially Grant who despite being T-total, manages to give one of the greatest portrayals of a drunk there has ever been, and his delivery of the soliloquy from…

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    ★★★★

    An interesting take on a dystopian future, with a strong political store as well as a satire of reality television. By not being in the first person as the book is, it probably becomes more accessible to an older audience that would otherwise normally be turned off by teen-fiction, yet the film remains remarkably faithful to the source text.