Film reviews and more

Month: December 2016

The five best lotteries in film

Advertisements Millions of lottery players put in their tickets hoping that a newly-found fortune will open up the paths that they have always wanted to follow in life. Out of them, some very lucky winners get […]

The rising cost of cinemagoing

Advertisements Cinema tickets are more expensive than they’ve ever been and we all know that the snacks and drinks we buy in cinemas are notoriously overpriced. It seems like every year the cost goes up and […]

Feature: Does Rogue One work as a standalone?

Advertisements Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Reportedly earning over $220 million in its first week, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has garnered widespread praise from critics […]

Film Review: The Son of Joseph

Advertisements ★★★★☆ The hunt for a father takes many an odd, disconcerting and thoroughly amusing turn in The Son of Joseph, which is as much defined by its style as story and performances. All elements coalesce […]

Film Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Advertisements ★★★★★ Beleaguered prequels aside, there’s something about the Star Wars films that brings out the best in their directors: Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand and J.J. Abrams all produced career-best work with their instalments of the […]

Film Review: Rats

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Cinema is littered with films that have pitted man against some terrifying beast from the animal kingdom. Genre flicks have seen us hunted by wolves, sharks, snakes, bears and birds. Morgan Spurlock’s new film […]

Film Review: The Eagle Huntress

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Through a symbiosis of sound, image and storytelling, a film’s ability to transport a viewer to a time and place far removed from the comfort of a darkened theatre in just a matter of […]

DVD Review: Swallows and Amazons

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Going back to basics is never a bad thing. The 2016 blockbuster season has been littered with a procession of woefully incoherent, poorly acted, CGI-dominated offerings whose money-spinning intentions have forgone one essential element […]

DVD Review: The Man from Laramie

Advertisements ★★★★☆ When director Anthony Mann cast James Stewart, star of cuddly classics It’s A Wonderful Life and Harvey, he saw a darkness underneath his lead’s fatherly screen persona, and it’s this darkness that drives Mann’s […]

A beginner’s guide to Brussels’ film festivals

Advertisements People visit the Brussels area all the time, especially business people, due to its status as a political metropolis with the headquarters of the EU. You’re also not too far away from Ypres which is […]

Six of the great European film shoots

Advertisements Europe has long been used as the backdrop for some of our best-loved movie classics. Thanks to its rich cultural significance, charming street squares, ornate architecture, gorgeous cuisine and lively nightlife, it’s impossible to not […]

Film Review: Snowden

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ It’s hardly a surprise that Oliver Stone would want to make Snowden. He’s always been a filmmaker with a political conscience and his recent comments on Pokémon Go would suggest a healthy distrust of […]

Film Review: Life, Animated

Advertisements ★★★★☆ We all love a Disney movie. Many childhoods have been warmed by their glow and generations are defined by what set of Disney characters are close to their hearts. For older viewers, the animals […]

First Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Disney’s well-publicised decision to further expand its newly acquired Star Wars franchise beyond a sequel trilogy with a separate spin-off strand was hardly a revolutionary concept. For years, George Lucas and his acolytes have […]

Film Review: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ I Am Not a Serial Killer has a promisingly schlocky title, but Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of Dan Wells’ YA novel (scripted with Christopher Hyde) never quite escapes its adolescent inspiration. John (Max Records, last […]