Ocean’s 8 review “Light and breezy but utterly forgettable”

Ocean's 8 posterIt’s a peculiar state of affairs, the film industry that is. While reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels seem to be garnering much disdain from the movie-going audience of late, studios still push ahead with them regardless.

I mean, look at poor Disney and the performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story if you need any indication of a tiring audience. Female-led reboots are all the rage now too with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters being met with a dreadful run at the box office despite decent critical responses. Next up, we’ve got Ocean’s 8, a sequel no-one was really asking for but got anyway. Is it worth a watch? Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with Brock Afentul

_20170512_162124-01Foreword by Adam Brannon. It’s a very happy 25th birthday to Jurassic ParkIt’s unbelievable isn’t it? The film that revolutionised the blockbuster and pioneered intelligent CGI is a quarter-of-a-century old. It’s even more astounding to think that the majority of the special effects still hold-up today.

I was watching Jurassic Park for the 60 millionth time the other day and thought to myself; “how can I commemorate this amazing milestone?” Of course, I could’ve written numerous different articles, but then I stumbled upon Brock, who is the best type of JP fan going.

You see, Brock has created an incredibly detailed, fully-working replica of the Ford Explorer that featured so prominently in the 1993 classic. Thankfully, before the T-rex had her way with it. In this interview, I ask him what it was like painstakingly replicating this incredibly iconic movie car and what his plans for the future are. Read on to find out more. Before we begin: have you checked out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Be sure to check out the spoiler-free review.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review “A bold new era”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster“We’re not on an island anymore” barks Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady towards the finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And he’s not wrong, the fifth film in the Jurassic franchise says goodbye to Isla Nublar in rip-roaring fashion, transforming itself into a a family friendly gothic horror film in its last hour.

Ok, ok, let’s start from the beginning. The Jurassic franchise has often been criticised for relying too heavily on the same story points to make a film. 2015’s Jurassic World, whilst becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was lambasted for being a modern-day reimagining of 1993’s classic, Jurassic Park. And while some of that criticism was justified, it was still pure sugary, popcorn entertainment.

Now, three years later, director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) takes over from Colin Trevorrow to bring us a film that starts out like we expect, but ends on a note that will transform the series beyond recognition. The question is, does it actually work? Continue reading

Solo: A Star Wars Story review “Stars Wars goes Western”

Solo: A Star Wars Story posterStar Wars has had somewhat of a chequered history since turning over to the dark side, sorry, I mean Disney. You see, since LucasFilm was acquired by the House of Mouse there has been one Star Wars movie each year. The Force Awakens was good, if a little safe and The Last Jedi was brilliant, but incredibly divisive.

What’s been more exciting to see evolve however, is the Star Wars Story movies. Rogue One became my 2nd favourite film in the series after Empire with Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Then, LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to direct a Han Solo origins story and that got people very excited indeed. Continue reading

The Best Movie Weddings: Top 5

The Best Movie WeddingsYou’d have to have been living under a rock to miss the fanfare surrounding the marriage of Prince Harry to Suits star Meghan Markle. The loved-up duo have been more akin to Hollywood A-listers in the press coverage surrounding their impending nuptials than British royals.

Nevertheless, the moment is upon us when Princess Diana’s youngest son, Harry, finally marries the love of his life. With that in mind, I thought it was high time to have a trawl through the archives and pick out the very best movie weddings of all time. Did you favourites make the cut? There’s only one way to find out. Read on. Continue reading