It's the worst, most unluckiest Friday the 13th ever so I decided I needed to haul my arse out of the house, take my mind of things for a little while and have a good laugh.
Jumanji: The Next Level provided this in spades. So thank you.
Also, it may just be my frame of mind right now, but lines like "when you're scared and insecure, you need your people" really meant something on a day like today. Jumanji wasn't…
More classic Scorsese, which in case of this one is something that I hadn't actually seen before. The King of Comedy seems like somewhat of a departure of sorts for Martin, being one of his few attempts at a comedy.
Rupert Pumpkin (Robert De Niro) is an aspiring stand-up comedian who is hoping for the day when his "big break" will finally come. After finally meeting his lifelong idol Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he begins to indulge in his own…
“I suppose people who fall asleep in the snow feel like this. They know they’ve got to keep awake but just for a moment they give up the struggle because cos the snow is so warm and cosy.”
“I’ve never heard yet of anybody freezing to death from a kiss.”
"Friends? My friends are anyone who wants another drink."
I think one of my laziest and most frequently used criticisms of movies I dislike is "uneventful" so I'm really not…
*Trolley's 2017 Watchlist #15/50*
'...literate and deftly played by the cast of fine performers..' (from a contemporary review of The Holly And The Ivy in The New York Times)
A very satisfactory adaptation of Wynyard Browne's Chekhovian play about a Christmas family reunion in a Norfolk vicarage, with Celia Johnson as the dutiful daughter - who can't run away with her fiancé (John Gregson) because she has to look after her recently widowed parson father (Ralph Richardson) - and Margaret…
Yeah, I kind of dug this. I won't lie.
Joker didn't initially end up on my radar, but the premise sounded intriguing enough. A completely standalone film based around Bruce Wayne'ss arch-nemesis, that is unconnected to any "cinematic universe". of course, the mostly positive (but still ultimately divisive) reactions here persuaded me to drop the ball and see what the fuss is all about.
Set against the backdrop of a depressing, crime-ridden Gotham City in the early 1980s, Arthur Fleck…
Wow. Welcome back Glenda Jackson.
Elizabeth is Missing, broadcast by the BBC on Sunday night, marked the return to the screen for the once right honourable member for Hampstead and Kilburn. It's been twenty-seven years since the triple crown of acting winner last performed on screen (though she has returned to the stage several times since retiring from politics in 2015) but you'd be forgiven for thinking that the absence was little more than you popping into the kitchen to…
When this first came out I enjoyed it, but not as much as the three previous short films featuring Wallace & Gromit. I wondered if my disappointment stemmed from the fact that the characters had perhaps been stretched by the feature film format, or if I had simply outgrown the children's stories of a cheese-loving Wiganer and his loyal yet long-suffering dog. After all, the first three films coincided with my childhood and teenage years (from 10 to 16 in fact)…
The prospect of a proper period drama adaptation from the BBC of HG Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds was one laden with promise, unfortunately this really failed to deliver on that promise.
It astonishes me that the BBC have been making consistently popular sci-fi in the shape of Doctor Who for fourteen years now, yet they seem utterly incapable of replicating that winning formula elsewhere. Say what you like about the shoestring budgets of the BBC's sci-fi…
Up until 2012, I would watch Comfort and Joy every Christmas. I don't know why that festive tradition fell away, but I felt now was the right time to start it up again.
Bill Forsyth's fourth feature film rounds off an incredibly run of high quality, highly original productions based in his native Scotland. Like his previous film, Local Hero, Comfort and Joy is about the discovery, made by the central, seemingly successful protagonist, of an emptiness at the core…
I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained by the first episode of the BBC's three-episode adaptation of The War of the Worlds. Now bear in mind that I've never read H. G. Well's classic novel so I was ignorant to any literary inaccuracies, my only prior experience of the story having come from Steven Spielberg's underwhelming film, but I found the first episode to be fascinating and incredibly tense when the alien invaders began their attack.
On top of this…
After a good hiatus, consider this me officially back for good, at least until I get burned out again (which hopefully shouldn’t be for some time).
Before I go and finally see Joker on Sunday, I felt the need to revisit some classic Scorsese, including what is a true American classic. Funnily enough, this is only my second time having watched Taxi Driver, despite the admiration I hold for it, and I can firmly say this one is still as…
One of my all-time favourites that I'm always happy to revisit. I'll go with the view that the first entry in the Terminator franchise still manages to shock and entertain over 30 years later. Although The Terminator was made on a moderate budget, it's craftsmanship by James Cameron is impressive, delivering a memorable sci-fi thriller with the perfect balance between action and tension.
The film's opening depicts a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles (and most likely the entire world) that has been…