Latest Post

Movie Catch-up: Hitman (2007)


Hitman movie posterTaken as read that linear movies of interactive video game shoot-em-ups are always going to miss their mark, then Hitman takes a decent shot at big-action espionage guff, with some decent actors spouting nonsense between stylish set-pieces.

Post-Bourne franchise, charismatic Timothy Olyphant (Die Hard 4.0, Justified) is the least covert assassin since Bond, with Bond-girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum, Oblivion) lighting up the screen and Dougray Scott (Enigma, Mission Impossible) the tough but honest Interpol Agent.

The plot is cobbled together using post-it notes from the Segal/Statham/Jet Li/Luc Besson writers’ brainstorming session; we’ve seen it all before with Bourne, Bond and assorted Missions Improbable, and it apes their style with utter predictability. Continue reading

Featured Post

Review: Insurgent (2015)


Insurgent movie posterInsurgent is the difficult middle instalment of Verionica Roth’s teenage rebel sci-fi dystopian trilogy Divergent; so more of the same running, jumping, fighting, crying, and ‘it’s all about family, innit’ [copyright Eastenders or your choice of soap here].

Expect more punch-ups, shoot-outs, train-jumping, big CGI landscapes, teary heroines, betrayals and a bit of snogging (but not too much, we can’t have teenage sex in the movies, even though our leads are 25+).

What’s most disturbing is the sheer amount of gunplay and violent death in what is supposed to be a 12A certificate movie. No wonder the American psyche is so screwed up with this perpetual Western frontier mentality of solving every problem with a bullet. Continue reading

Review

Review: Mr Turner (2014)


Mr. Turner movie posterDie-hard socialist director Mike Leigh returns to Victoriana with this handsome and unconventional biopic of seascape painter J.M.W. Turner; don’t be fooled by the top hats and posh frocks, the old leftie uses his artistic Man of the People to attack the establishment as always…

Focusing on the latter part of Turner’s life, Tim Spall is a monumental, shuffling, shambling, porcine gargoyle, who expresses more in his many grunts than most actors can speak in a lifetime of dialogue. Warm, touching, tragic, and highly comic, Leigh’s collected tableaux of Turner’s life is the movie highlight of 2014. Continue reading

Review

Review: Paddington (2014)


Paddington movie posterProducer David Hayman’s adaptation of Michael Bond’s children’s book may be more Harry Potter than anything else, but that doesn’t matter. Hayman’s oddly retro-anachronistic take on the bear from darkest Peru is a joy, a delight, a treasure.

Ben Wishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) voices the innocent-abroad, Paddington, not only remade as a slapstick hero after Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, but possibly the most polite movie hero in screen history. Everyone will want to look after this bear. Continue reading

Humour

Humour: Holiday Extras – Alcatraz


Holiday Extras - Alcatraz Prison
Slightly unsettled to find this image of Alcatraz featured in a search under Holiday Extras. Wondered if this the opposite of ‘glamping’? Then I saw the name of the photographer… RC

Image credit: Alcatraz by Alexander C. Kafka under Creative Commons license.

Twitter Updates

Follow us on Twitter @EverythingExpre

Find Us on Facebook

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Library

BBC World News

BBC World News
Opens the BBC World News page.
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 172 other followers