Ten years is a long time in Hollywood. Ten years ago, to this day Avatar was yet to be released to the unsuspecting masses, with Titanic still reigning supreme over the global box-office and debutant director Ruben Fleischer surprised the cinema-going public with Zombieland.
Made on a tiny budget of just over $20million, it went on to gross over $100million globally and received unanimous praise. A sequel was widely expected in the years that followed but never materialised. That’s probably down to a few things; one being Emma Stone’s meteoric rise to fame, Jesse Eisenberg starring in some of the biggest and most celebrated films of the decade that followed and Woody Harrelson, well, being Woody Harrelson (that’s not a dig, we love you Woody).
Fleischer meanwhile went on to direct 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad and Venom among a couple of other projects. The time for a Zombieland sequel came and went with the film’s core fanbase hoping that one day they’d get what they desired. Continue reading
Everybody knows the story of Bonnie and Clyde. They’re the star-crossed lovers who robbed, shot, and raced their way across the south of the USA. Many a movie has documented their romance, making them appear as some kind of 20th century Robin Hoods. However, what isn’t as often explored, is the story behind the fellas who brought them down. That’s where Netflix’s newest release, The Highwaymen, comes in.
The movie follows Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Gault (Woody Harrelson), a pair of Texas Rangers who come out of retirement to help bring down Bonnie and Clyde. It’s a tale of murder, mystery, and quite a lot of driving. Continue reading
Star Wars has had somewhat of a chequered history since turning over to the dark side, sorry, I mean Disney. You see, since LucasFilm was acquired by the House of Mouse there has been one Star Wars movie each year. The Force Awakens was good, if a little safe and The Last Jedi was brilliant, but incredibly divisive.
What’s been more exciting to see evolve however, is the Star Wars Story movies. Rogue One became my 2nd favourite film in the series after Empire with Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Then, LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to direct a Han Solo origins story and that got people very excited indeed. Continue reading
Oscar season is upon us and January is the time when the contenders start coming to the big screen. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh deserves the recognition it is getting from the Academy if not for the best picture nomination, for the breath-taking performances from Frances McDormand alone puts this film in high standing.
The film follows McDormand character Mildred, who has had enough of the local police forces ineffectiveness to find her daughters murderer. So she erects three billboards, showing her disdain for the lack of work done. This causes a lot a controversy in the local town, causing the dismay of Woody Harrelson’s police chief Willoughby and officer Dixon played by Sam Rockwell. Continue reading