Alexander Payne was clearly vying for Oscars attention when it came to penning the screenplay for Downsizing. And why not, he’s certainly got form in the awards department. A two-time Oscar winner with a further three nominations, his films have been bold and topical.
That topical trademark shows no signs of dissipating with Downsizing, as Payne takes on the themes of overpopulation and the effects it’ll have on us in the future. But is the resulting film one of his best works? Or are we looking at a bit of a dud? Continue reading
The Great Wall review: by Adam Brannon
UK certification: 12A
Acclaimed director Zhang Yimou has been at the helm of some of China’s greatest film assets. 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern is widely regarded as one of the defining foreign-language films of its period and 2004’s House of Flying Daggers received huge critical acclamation for its stunning cinematography and exceptional script.
Here, Yimou teams up with one of Hollywood’s greatest assets, Matt Damon in a monster flick to rival all others. But does The Great Wall showcase the very best from its director and leading man?
By Rob Stoakes
Today, friends, I don’t come at you as an objective movie critic, but as a raging fanboy, because for all of the attempts to put aside my biases and get over my prejudices, I just can’t do it. However irrational, however nonsensical, however many times I hear how great it is and how important to cinema the franchise is, I will always utterly despise Bourne.
Paul Greengrass is to me what Uncle Ben’s murderer is to Spiderman. He is the instigator and the embodiment of everything I hate in modern action. An over-reliance on shaky cam to make action look more dramatic. A plot at once over-complicated and overly simplistic, filled with conspiranoia about some shady government official without ever having the nuts to say that the government is flat out the bad guy. Continue reading
THE MARTIAN (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Ridley Scott
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
Copyright: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
It’s safe to say that Ridley Scott knows his way around a camera. From Alien to Gladiator, the director has brought to the silver screen some of the greatest films of all time, heck even Prometheus wasn’t that bad in a muddled kind of way.
Now, after the underwhelming Exodus: Gods & Kings, Scott returns to the director’s chair doing what he does best, sci-fi. But is The Martian as good as his earlier works? Continue reading