“Beauty and the Beast” Kong: Skull Island review

Kong: Skull Island review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyThe fact that Legendary Pictures are busying themselves with an epic Godzilla vs King Kong showdown is one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Naturally, this presented a problem for Peter Jackson’s Kong who simply doesn’t measure up against the giant lizard in 2013’s Godzilla.

And in Hollywood, size really does matter; therefore the monstrous ape has been given a monumental upgrade featuring an all-star cast and some serious talent behind the camera. But is Kong: Skull Island as bananas as its trailers would suggest? Or are we looking at something a little more mainstream?

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“CPR needed” The Legend of Tarzan review

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By Adam Brannon

As tends to be the case with Hollywood, studios pay very close attention to their rivals release schedules, eyeing up potential competition to pit their films against, maxing box-office returns in the process.

And when Disney announced they were rebooting The Jungle Book in March this year, Warner Bros quickly responded with another jungle-themed film; The Legend of Tarzan. But does this interpretation on the classic character swing or fall? Continue reading

“More N-words than a dictionary” The Hateful Eight review

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (UK Cert  18)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Music: Ennio Morricone

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh


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By Rob Stoakes

It’s probably not controversial to say Quentin Tarantino is a very strange creature.

He so perfectly fits the mold of the director who creates work filled with blood, boobs and racial slurs and insists “no no no, it’s ok because it’s satire!” or “I’m just pushing your boundaries!” that of course you’d lump him in with the likes of Eli Roth and his other imitators. Especially when you hear him in interviews or see him try to act like a total badass to paparazzi. Watch that infamous 106 Spark interview again; Tarantino should never be allowed to speak to black people again after that. Continue reading

“Incredibly well-made” Big Game review

BIG GAME   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Jalmari Helander  

Music: Juri & Miska Seppa

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

If you asked me as a baby what film genre I would think would have more complex plots in the future, I would pee myself. That’s what you get for asking a baby questions about the evolution of cinema.

As a functioning adult who doesn’t pee himself quite as often, however, I am surprised at how ambitious action movies have become. As an example, Avengers: Age of Ultron is 150 minutes long after the studio cut out an hour. It can’t just be about a robot trying to take over the world, either; no, your brain needs to keep a mental chart of all the relationships, motivations and plans within plans. And Avengers 2 is relatively straight forward compared to some other recent fare (hi Christopher Nolan). Continue reading