1917 review “A flawless masterpiece”

1917 movie posterI really wasn’t all that interested in 1917 during the build up to its release. Even following the successful pre-release screenings on the 4th of December, I couldn’t muster up any interest in what looked to be yet another generic war film. Sure, the trailer was solid, and the film had a swathe of big names attached to it, but nobody I had spoken to was particularly excited about actually seeing it.

My interest piqued however when reviews started rolling in, the film was being both praised critically and received well commercially. Still, I had my reservations. Historical war films tend to garner a lot of interest due to the sentimental themes and shocking imagery they portray. So what if it has 10 Oscar nominations? Once Upon A Time In Hollywood does too, and that was a self-indulgent bore fest. Continue reading

Kingsman Moments: Top 5

Kingsman: the Secret Service collageThe long-awaited sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service was released on Wednesday to a rather lukewarm critical reception. The Golden Circle is currently receiving mixed to average reviews from many critics, but you can read what I thought of it here.

Staying on the topic of Kingsman, I’ve decided to count down the top 5 moments from the first film. Why? To get you pumped to see The Golden Circle of course! Continue reading

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review “Welcome back, chaps”

Kingsman The Golden Circle posterKingsman: The Secret Service was one of the surprise hits of 2014. Marketed poorly by an unassuming set of trailers, the end result was a film as big a surprise as Guardians of the Galaxy was.

We all know what happened. Kingsman senior grossed over $400million worldwide and a sequel was soon greenlit with a much bigger budget and a marketing effort worth of the first film.

But has some of that old-school charm been lost in the transition to high-budget movie event of the summer?  Continue reading

“No big bloomers?” Bridget Jones’s Baby review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_nBridget Jones’s Diary is a classic example of the perfect British rom-com. Upon its release in 2001, yes 15 years ago, it catapulted Renée Zellweger into the public eye and made household names of its other stars.

Its sequel, The Edge of Reason, on the other hand was a dramatic fall from grace, with a lowly 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Since then, the series has fallen into a dormant state with talks of another sequel doing the rounds since as early as 2004.

Fast-forward 12 years and the prayers of fans the world over have finally been answered. However, the comedy genre has moved on from the warm, fuzzy rom-coms of the past and in its place are the foul-mouthed female-led films of the present. But does Bridget Jones’s Baby get the balance right? Or is it a good decade too late?

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“Simply Brilliant” Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Matthew Vaughn   

Music: Henry Jackman

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine


Director Matthew Vaughn has brought some visually striking films to the big screen in his fairly short career, from the brilliant Layer Cake, to the movie which many credit as saving the X-Men franchise, First Class, he certainly knows his way around a camera.

However, Kingsman: The Secret Service is probably his riskiest proposition yet. Can a dark comedy about upper-class British spies with their tailor-made suits compete with the very best films in the genre? Continue reading