Month: January 2015

Whiplash- 15

There was no doubt that I was seeing this movie. I didn’t want to, but it had an Oscar nomination and I like to have the full set. At the time of writing this, I only have Selma left to see out of the…

Ex Machina 15

*Insert witty, yet totally cliched, Blade Runner pun here*. Yet I haven’t. To do that will undersell this chilling mind-f of a film. Part suspense, part out-right horror, Ex Machina is actually a film for everyone. It’s doesn’t have quite the feel or the…

Wild- 15 (potential spoilers)

An allegory for the grief process, this film will hit home to anyone who has lost someone close to them. The narrative is edited like a jigsaw to allow the audience feel as lost as Reese Witherspoon’s Cheryl. What inspired her to go on…

Camp- Etcetera Theatre, Camden

“You feel good as you are. Fair enough. I won’t challenge that. A lot of people don’t. They sign in here. We don’t force them. And they feel understood. They feel themselves after years of lying. Why should you take that away?” Camp is…

Annie- PG

Annie in the 21st century actually works. I was expecting to hate it. I was only seeing it to bulk up the numbers of my 100 films a year target and Whiplash was going to be too heavy after two other Oscar nominated pictures…

Big Hero 6

Marvel have failed to put their name on what is quite possibly ‘their’ best Disney film to date. Having now been to a Q&A with Producer John Lasseter and director Don Hall I have a little more insight into this. It is very much…

Into the Woods- 12a

Disney taking on music theatre, what’s not to love? I’ll admit, I was hooked for the first half; it was a witty and clever satire on many interwoven fairy tales. The songs were catchy and I even bought into James Corden and Emily Blunt…

Oscar Predictions

W- want to win D- deserves to win P- predict will win It either doesn’t deserve to be considered or I haven’t seen enough to judge. Best Picture American Sniper Birdman Boyhood P The Grand Budapest Hotel W/D The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of…

Keiran Hodgson- French Exchange

As I am writing this, I am torn. On the one hand I want everyone to know this amazingly talented yet profoundly modest man’s name. The fact that Keiran Hodgson in one performance was able to knock Eddie Izzard off the top spot of…

Birdman- 15

Michael Keaton plays a washed-up superhero actor in this breathtakingly original showbiz satire. I left the film not knowing if this was the best piece of film ever created or the worst drivel I have yet to inflict upon myself. I still don’t know….

Foxcatcher- 15

Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star in a gripping psychological drama based on the shocking true story of an Olympic champion. Steve Carell in haunting brilliant, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are beautifully ugly to the point that it’s hypnotic. All three…

RANT- Taken 3 (abandoned)

This is not so much a review of Taken 3 , as a rant about our cinema culture today. With a side swipe to the corrupt classification system. Saturday afternoon, 3pm showing in a London Odeon. The corridors smell of pee, which instantly puts…