“A victim of its marketing” The Girl on the Train review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_nThe Girl on the Train review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 15

It’s always refreshing to see a film released primarily for the adult market. We all loved The Hunger Games, but imagine what the series could’ve been like had the franchise been given a 15 or even an 18 certification.

And Fifty Shades of Grey may have its critics (me being one of them) but at least it appealed to those of us not interested in sharing cinema screens with rambling tweens. The finest of the adult genre? Well, that has to be Gone Girl. But now there’s a new kid on the block, ready to steal its crown. Is The Girl on the Train a worthy adversary? Continue reading

“A tiresome affair” Fifty Shades of Grey review

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY   (UK CERT: 18)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson   

Music: Danny Elfman

Voices: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora


The Fifty Shades phenomenon is something very hard to calculate. Yes, we know its sold millions of copies worldwide, but its readership is likely to be much higher. I’m sure someone somewhere will know another person who didn’t go out and buy the book, but just borrowed it.

Creating a film from E.L. James’ novel was never going to be an easy task for numerous reasons. The harsh reality is that Brits have mixed views with regards to seeing sex on the big screen – nonetheless, Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of the critically acclaimed Nowhere Boy, was chosen to helm an adaptation. But is it a success? Continue reading