I 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
By Adam Brannon. * almost. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Wonder Woman is alright because it’s been directed by a woman, or that it’s the most progressive superhero film of the last decade. No, neither of those things are true.
However, the titular superhero, played superbly by Gal Gadot stars in by far the best film in the ever-expanding DC Universe – though with Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman as stablemates, that really isn’t saying much. Continue reading
Hacksaw Ridge review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
Mel Gibson is not a name I expected to see in Oscar Season. Not because his films are bad, mind, far from it. It’s just that he’s in that category of filmmakers shared by Roman Polanski and Lars Von Trier. Because of their reputations outside of their work, any appraisal of their career comes with more asterisks than a French comic book shop.
Gibson’s career homicide, in particular, seemed so devastating that he could invent a machine that cured diabetes with warm hugs and his obituary would still credit him as “The messiah-complex bigot who admitted to strangling toasters, don’t hatefully glare too much at the picture above or his madness may infect you.” Continue reading
Allied review: by Adam Brannon
UK certification: 15
Director Robert Zemeckis has some impressive film credits to his name. From cult classics like Back to the Future to last year’s nausea inducing The Walk, there hasn’t been a genre his skills haven’t graced over the last four decades.
His most recent effort, Allied, sees the veteran director tackle the war genre with a film that certainly has its moments, but just how good is this wartime romantic drama?
BRIDGE OF SPIES (UK CERT 12A)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda
By Rob Stoakes
When it comes to film, the general public are always being portrayed as a load of big crybabies who run away from everything. Though, honestly, why not? When we’re not being stomped on by Godzilla, Loki is mind-controlling us with his evil magic and cute face, or were-vampire aliens are rising from the dead. No wonder we’re being portrayed as so panicky and frightened all the time; in the world of cinema, everything wants the public dead.
And in Bridge of Spies, the public is presented with the greatest threat of all; Russians. Continue reading