Review – Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel, is a film that has hints of potential. However, a failing on nearly every front, leaves this film lacking in anything memorable, exciting or interesting. It’s a shame to see a film that could have really been something that stood out (in the video game movie space); completely fail to capitalise on the opportunities it had. This is one of those films that quickly loses you and then never manages to pull you back in – no matter what it throws at you. But let’s get into the fuller review and see just where this film goes wrong. Read more

The Films That Stood Out to Me in 2015

It has certainly been a mixed bag in terms of the quality of films that have come out this year. I’ve been up and down with what has come out in 2015 – there have been some real surprises – films that snuck up on me and then just took all of my attention and hoarded it for itself. But there have also been long stretches this year where I’ve been left disappointed or underwhelmed by the offerings. In particular would be 2015’s summer blockbuster season which compared to last year has been a bland assortment of films or in some cases complete disasters (I’m looking at you Jurassic World), feel free to see my fuller thoughts on that film here.

But I’m not here to focus on the negatives; this piece is all about me sharing with you some of the films that I loved from 2015. Not a best of per-say (that always feels too definitive to me – plus everyone’s doing their best of lists at this time). This is more about me taking the time to highlight some truly special pieces of cinema or some films that didn’t necessarily get the attention they first deserve and I’m now taking the chance to make you aware of them and how great they are.

The last thing I’ll say before I get to the part that I know you’re probably more interested in and is the only reason you really clicked onto this piece (thank you for doing so I might add) is that these films are in no particular order. I’m just going to run through the films in the order that suits me and then will give a little detail on what makes them so great – I may even sneak in what is by personal favourite film of the year – actually there’s no may about it, I will be talking about my favourite film of 2015. Anyway that’s me done with this rambling section, now onto the next rambling section; the films that I think deserve your attention from 2015. Read more

Review – Macbeth

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Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel is the antithesis of exquisitely indulgent film making, and each moment is more glorious than the last. Like a visual and auditory bombardment  — every aspect of the film is finely tuned, to a point where there is such a deliberate feeling to the smallest of details. This is a film that burrows itself deep within your memory and nothing is going to shake it out for some time. Read more