Die Hard review “Is it a Christmas movie?”

Die Hard PosterIt’s almost December: the yuletide season is upon us and many people are settling down to watch their favourite Christmas films. At this point in the year, it becomes acceptable to watch the best action film, and possibly the most controversial Christmas film of all time: Die Hard.

The film is set on Christmas Eve, as a forlorn looking John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in LA for Christmas with his family. His wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), worls for the Nakatomi Corporation in the, aptly named, Nakatomi Plaza. During the office Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) break in and hold the building hostage. It is then up to McClane, who is in a separate office to the party, to save the day. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Saddest Harry Potter deaths

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By Adam Brannon

Can you believe it’s been five years since Harry Potter left us? The box-office phenomenon that became one of the highest grossing franchises of all time certainly left its mark on generations of fans. With a new film based in the wizarding universe scheduled for release in November, and a stage play taking the theatrical world by storm, Harry Potter is once again a hot topic.

Here, Adam Brannon celebrates the series’ endurance and its half-decade anniversary with a look at the saddest deaths from the saga. These deaths relate to how they were portrayed in the films, NOT in the books. Naturally, a spoiler warning is in effect. Continue reading

“Curiously terrible” Through the Looking Glass review

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By Adam Brannon

Disney is set for a bumper year of takings. 2016 is dominated by the House of Mouse in all of their guises, whether Marvel, Pixar or Disney itself. We’ve already had the fantastic live-action remake of The Jungle Book and now Alice returns to Wonderland in Through the Looking Glass.

Tim Burton took us to the murky depths of “Underland” in the 2010 predecessor; a film that was hugely overrated with a box-office return of $1billion. Naturally a sequel was greenlit soon after, but is Through the Looking Glass another case of style over substance?

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“An exceptional look at warfare” Eye in the Sky review

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By Adam Brannon

Warfare is incredibly hard to depict well on screen. The brutality of conflict as well as the accuracy of technologies used is something very rarely achieved in the cinema due to the constant need to turn a profit and please audiences.

After American Sniper rocked the early part of 2015, there were numerous films in the genre greenlit soon after. Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky is one. But is it as good as American Sniper? And, more importantly, does it show an accurate depiction of modern conflict? Continue reading

Life? Don’t talk to me about life…

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By Dijana Druskic

Dijana Druskic, content writer for http://www.cinemaparadiso.co.uk  reflects on the unexpected and tragic passing of Alan Rickman, earlier this month.

This year’s been rather rough for true music and film lovers out there. First, the world lost a part of its glamour and positive weirdness with the passing of David Bowie. Then the news struck again, just a few days later – Alan Rickman died age 69, same as David Bowie. Continue reading