It’s hard to think of a better director to helm a live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic stage musical, Cats, than Tom Hooper. Already with 2013’s Les Misérables under his belt and receiving critical acclaim (and an Oscar no less) from 2011’s The King’s Speech, he’s adept in this field of film-making.
Nevertheless, Cats has been under much scrutiny since its trailers debuted earlier this year, with criticism being levelled at the unusual choice of CGI to render a roster of famous faces as the titular felines. But is the finished product a new classic or a cat-astrophy? Continue reading →
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in UK cinemas on June 5th, but it’s been a bumpy ride getting here. After the release date was pushed back twice, the whole third act had to be reshot and rumours of on-set tensions between some of the cast, things don’t look too rosey for our merry band of mutants.
Nevertheless, this is the culmination of everything Fox has been working towards since the release of X-Men: First Class in 2011, so it seems prudent to rank all the X-Men films, including standalone movies, before our spoiler-free review of Dark Phoenix is released on Friday 7th June. Without further ado, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Continue reading →
Happy birthday Ian McKellen or to call him by his full title: Sir Ian McKellen. The British thespian turns 81 years’ old on May 25th 2020, and with that milestone comes a career filled with memorable performances and exceptional acting skills.
Ian McKellen is arguably one of our greatest living actors, alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Sir Patrick Stewart and looking a little younger, Hugh Jackman. His acting career includes film, television and where he made his debut; the stage. In this article, we’ll look at Ian McKellen’s best performances from the world of film. Without further ado, let’s begin. Continue reading →
Whichever big wig down at Disney decided it would be a good idea to remake all of their animated classics using live-action is surely due a massive promotion. The studio’s reputation is soaring after the acquisition of Marvel and Lucasfilm and this new way of thinking is paying off at the box office.
Last year’s The Jungle Book earned just shy of $1billion worldwide, their Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken upwards of $5billion and don’t get me started on Star Wars. Continuing the studio’s trend of remaking their animated features is Beauty & the Beast, but does this modern day reimagining of a fairly modern classic conjure up memories of 1991? Continue reading →
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Frances De La Tour
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
Sherlock Holmes is hot property at the moment. Robert Downey Jr has played the titular detective in two box-office behemoths and Benedict Cumberbatch is supremely popular across the globe for his take on the character.
Now, Sir Ian McKellen is giving it a go in the little-publicised BBC funded Mr Holmes. But does it continue the trend of crafting intriguing dramas from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Continue reading →