Cold Pursuit review “Neeson’s best film in years”

Cold Pursuit movie posterYes, we all know the jokes. Liam Neeson’s spiral into revenge thriller territory is one of the most meme-worthy things in film, except maybe John Travolta and Battlefield Earth. Starting with Taken and its, let’s be honest, dreadful sequels, the Irish actor has made a name for himself as the go-to guy to rough someone up after a spate of bad-luck.

He’s had kids killed, kidnapped and spouses murdered in cold blood, he’s even been framed for hijacking a jumbo jet – if anyone deserves a break, it’s Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, his films have ranged from great (Taken, Non-Stop), to middling (Run All Night, The Commuter), to downright dreadful (Taken 2, Taken 3) and that’s how the meme-worthiness was born. Nevertheless, Neeson is back for yet another revenge thriller in Cold Pursuit. But how does it stack up? Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2019: The Winners

Alternative Oscars Winners 2019When the Alternative Oscars were set up three years ago, it was as a two-fingered salute to the Academy Awards. You see, I was fed up with the Oscars only honouring films that were technically brilliant, but weren’t overly popular with cinema-going audiences.

I never expected for my little awards to become successful, but it appears many of you reading this agreed with my stance towards the Academy. In its first year, I was pleased with just over 300 people taking part and last year I was ecstatic for just under 1,000 individuals to share their thoughts.

This year, with the help of a small advertising budget and an increased word of mouth, the Alternative Oscars received bang on 1,600 votes! To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. So, without further ado, let’s crown this year’s winners. Continue reading

Alita: Battle Angel review “A visual spectacle”

Alita: Battle Angel movie posterIt’s always a worry when a production company feels the need to force feed you the fact that a big-name is in a relatively minor role. In the case of Alita: Battle Angel, 20th Century Fox have been hammering home the fact that James Cameron is involved in a Producer capacity.

You have to feel a little sorry for director Robert Rodriguez as his name has been almost usurped by Cameron’s in the marketing push for this live-action adaptation of the classic manga. Of course, Cameron is too busy making the four Avatar sequels no-one actually cares about anymore and instead, entrusted his vision for Alita: Battle Angel to Rodriguez. He’s certainly an intriguing choice of director, but does the finished product work? Continue reading

Academy Awards 2019: Nominees Announced

Oscars 2019The 91st Academy Award nominees have been announced with The Favourite leading the way for nominations in many categories including Best Picture, Lead Actress and two nominations for Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in Supporting Actress.

Black Panther becomes the first MCU movie to be nominated for a Best Picture trophy with Bohemian Rhapsody also receiving multiple nominations. You can see the full list below in this article. Continue reading

Glass review “An ambitious but flawed finale”

Glass movie posterM. Night Shyamalan is back behind the camera! Quick, run! Joking aside, Shyamalan’s career is as convoluted as his signature third-act twists. Starting off with the fabulous The Sixth Sense and then almost derailing his career with catastrophic failures like The Happening, After Earth and dare I mention it, The Last Airbender, it appeared we had all but lost that once promising directorial flair.

Thankfully in 2016’s Split, Shyamalan returned to form somewhat with a nicely paced, tense thriller starring James McAvoy as Kevin, a guy with multiple personality disorder. Of course, the infamous twist, possibly Shyamalan’s best, that this film was set in the same universe as the fabulous Unbreakable was almost too much to handle. Continue reading