Pacific Rim moments: Top 5

Pacific Rim Top 5 MomentsSo Pacific Rim: Uprising is less than a week away from hitting cinemas across the UK. Unbelievably it has taken five years to create this sequel to one of 2013’s most underrated films. Pacific Rim was criticised for its by-the-numbers plot but this Del Toro movie was much more than giant monsters and robots fighting.

In fact, it was director Guillermo Del Toro’s first real mass-market blockbuster. Sure Hellboy and its sequel The Golden Army were comic-book stories, but they never had the mass appeal of say, the Transformers series, which Pacific Rim can be at times, quite a lot like. With Uprising hitting cinemas very soon, I thought it was high-time to look back through its predecessor and pick out five moments that make it stand out from the rest of the blockbuster crowd. Continue reading

Best Snow Movies: Top 5

Best snow movies everFor those of you not living in the UK at the moment, this top 5 may seem a little peculiar. But stick with it. For the past couple of days, Britain has been gripped by ‘the beast from the East’ as it’s been nicknamed. Bringing freezing temperatures and blizzards, it has completely crippled the nation – as it always does.

Why a world superpower like the United Kingdom ceases to function at the mere hint of the white stuff is another debate for another time, but while I’m watching it fall from outside my bedroom window, I thought I might as well look through the best snow films ever. That is, films that feature snow heavily, either as an aesthetic practice or in the overall plot of the movie. And blimey, there’s more than you’d think. Read on to find which five made the cut and share your thoughts in the comments box below. Continue reading

Jennifer Aniston Performances: Top 5

Jennifer Aniston Top 5 rolesToday, February 11th 2018, the wonderful Jennifer Aniston turns 49. On our screens since, wait for it, 1988 and her performance in Mac & Me, the American actress has been a household name, arguably from her breakthrough role as Rachel Green in the US sitcom, Friends, which ended in 2004 – I know, I can’t believe it either.

Since then, she has starred in no less than 25 films. That’s an incredible achievement for any actress and while quite a lot of those haven’t been critical darlings, some have been given cult status and found Aniston in roles that perhaps she wouldn’t have chosen early on in her career. With that in mind, and to celebrate her 49th birthday, I’ve chosen 5 roles that showcase what a talent she actually is and to prove once and for all she isn’t relegated to terrible rom-coms. Read on to find out which are the best Jennifer Aniston movies. Continue reading

The Nicest Actors in Hollywood: Top 5

The Nicest Guys in Hollywood Top 5Hollywood is a world filled with glitz and glamour, and it’s sometimes very easy to forget that the people we see on our cinema screens are, at their very core, just normal people. Sure, they’ve got mansions and private jets and wads and wads of cash, but before the fame, they were just like you or I.

It’s all the more surprising then that we’re constantly bombarded with stories of misdemeanours from some of the most famous people in Hollywood. Whether it’s a demanding personality or cruelty to their fans, we’re never that far away from a Hollywood bad guy. With that in mind, I’m flipping that on its head and looking at the nicest guys in Hollywood. But who has made the cut? Read on to find out. Continue reading

5 Alternative Christmas Movies for Those Who Hate Christmas

Alternative Christmas MoviesHas the endless tirade of Christmas television and forced familial interaction done some serious damage to your peace, love and goodwill to all men?

Does the idea of indulging in festive cheer make you throw up in your mouth a little? Boggled by the insidiously universal embrace of bad taste, baubles and brussel sprouts?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then you probably have nothing but a cold, dark and empty chasm where your heart should be and that’s okay. I do too. Therefore I know that if there’s one thing you hate more than pulling crackers and extended family, it’s a good old paint-by-numbers, schmaltzy Christmas film. Continue reading