I really wasn’t all that interested in 1917 during the build up to its release. Even following the successful pre-release screenings on the 4th of December, I couldn’t muster up any interest in what looked to be yet another generic war film. Sure, the trailer was solid, and the film had a swathe of big names attached to it, but nobody I had spoken to was particularly excited about actually seeing it.
My interest piqued however when reviews started rolling in, the film was being both praised critically and received well commercially. Still, I had my reservations. Historical war films tend to garner a lot of interest due to the sentimental themes and shocking imagery they portray. So what if it has 10 Oscar nominations? Once Upon A Time In Hollywood does too, and that was a self-indulgent bore fest. Continue reading
The Rise of Skywalker is finally here! To mark the occasion, let’s take a look back at the entire Star Wars universe, dogmatically review each and every film and create the ultimate and undisputed franchise guide.
If there’s anything you can rely on Star Wars fans for, it’s their vehement passion for George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away. With this mind, I am fully expecting to ruffle a few Porg feathers as we travel back through the past 40 years and reassess each entrant of the series. Continue reading
Scorsese is back! But wait, it gets better… Following a 13-year hiatus from the gangster genre, he returns to the fold with a 3.5 hour-long epic starring all your favourite wise guys from the 80s and 90s. The Irishman, also titled I Heard You Paint Houses in the opening credits (there must have been some sort of mix-up in the marketing department), sees Robert De Niro return to Scorsese’s roll call as real-life gangster Frank Sheeran, a lorry driver turned crook made infamous by his association with the Bufalino crime family.
I must admit, after seeing the cast, the trailer and the reviews that followed, I was very excited as I sat down to watch The Irishman. Not only do we get a Scorsese gangster film, but we get a Scorsese gangster film with Harvey Keitel, we get Joe Pesci back from retirement and, to top it all off, we get De Niro and Pacino, two of Hollywood’s greatest actors, sharing screen time for only the third time in cinema history. Continue reading
Nothing sets the tone better for a movie than a bit of historical revisionism. The Aeronauts, starring Eddie Redmayne, follows the real-life exploits of James Glaisher as he embarks on a perilous adventure in the name of scientific advancement. Where the film departs from reality is in Glaisher’s co-pilot, actual companion Henry Coxwell is replaced by fictional hot air balloon pilot, Amelia Wren (played by Felicity Jones).
Armed with this knowledge before entering the cinema, I went in fully aware that I was in for more melodrama than meteorology. Continue reading
Make no mistake about it, Ridley Scott’s early, pre-2000s career is littered with enduring classics and hidden gems. Blade Runner, to this day, remains one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Thelma and Louise remains an immensely enjoyable, girl power-fuelled joyride that holds up so well it’s perhaps more impactful now than it was at the time of release. And 1977’s The Duellists (Scott’s directorial debut) remains a well crafted and considered film.
To experience Ridley Scott as his peak though, we must travel all the way back to 1982. Following the release of Alien and Blade Runner in quick succession, Scott had not only established himself as one of Britain’s best filmmakers, he’d claimed his place as the premier director within the science fiction genre. Alien, quite rightly, is regarded as a masterpiece hybrid of sci-fi and horror. And Blade Runner, one of my favourite films, is without a doubt one of the greatest, pure science fiction movies ever conceived. Continue reading