Is the 12A Certificate Ruining Cinema?

Is the 12A certificate a good thing?Is there anything better than going to the movies? The experience of watching some of your favourite characters on the biggest screen imaginable is an incredibly exciting way to spend an evening.

However, since 2002, the UK film industry has seen cataclysmic changes that have altered cinema for absolutely everyone who loves movies. Whether you’re young or old, the introduction of the 12A certification by the British Board of Film Classification now means films are more accessible to more people than ever before. Continue reading

Venom review “Do you like time travel?”

Venom movie poster“It feels like a movie born from a different era.” That is the thought that immediately flooded my brain upon leaving the cinema after watching Venom. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing of course. Hundreds of amazing films have been born well before superhero films became the successful genre they are today.

Nevertheless, in Venom’s case, what we have is a film that struggles to create a consistent tone throughout its rather succinct running time. But is the film still a success for Sony? Continue reading

Unpopular Opinion: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the best Jurassic Park sequel

Unpopular movie opinionsThe year: 1993 and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park revolutionises special effects in cinema. Cinema-going audiences flock to see dinosaurs live and breathe again, right before their very eyes. The film remained the highest-grossing film of all time until 1997 when James Cameron’s Titanic stole its crown, but the influence felt by Jurassic Park has continued to be felt to this very day.

Four sequels followed, all of which failed to recapture the absolute magic of the original, but did have differing degrees of success, both critically and commercially. 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park was profitable but was seen as something of a disappointment by critics. Continue reading

The Predator review “A soft reboot that actually works”

The Predator movie poster1987; feels like a long time ago doesn’t it? In fact, most of you reading this I imagine weren’t even born way back in the late 80s. I mean, I was only a twinkle in my parents’ eyes at that time. But I digress.

What’s so special about 1987? Well, it was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked serious alien butt in the first Predator movie. Of course, the franchise’s now infamous fall from grace is the stuff of legend, and along with Alien, the original remains a true high point in the sci-fi horror genre.

Rebooted for 2018 with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black at the helm, The Predator aims to revitalise the public’s interest in this flagging horror franchise. Looking at Shane Black’s unusual resume, he seems a strange choice to take charge here, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. But just how good, or bad, is The Predator? Continue reading

Christopher Robin review “A future classic”

Christopher Robin posterThe characters of Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger are synonymous with the childhood of millions of adults across the globe. A.A. Milne’s classic creatures are etched into the memories of many, passed down through generations with tatty old story books and stuffed animals.

Their film history is a little more chequered. True box-office domination has eluded the little critters, until now at least. Rolling off the success of Paddington and its arguably even better sequel, Disney gets in on the action, the live-action that is, and brings Pooh and co to life in Christopher Robin. But does it work? Continue reading