Terminal, written and directed by, Vaughn Stein, allures you in with its stylish cinematography, its dialogue that glides throughout scenes and its eclectic assortment of characters. But soon, when all the glamour begins to ware-off and you look ever so slightly beneath the surface, you find a film without much depth and without much meaning. Now, the question is: despite the lack of depth and the lack of meaning, is there still a film in there worth watching? Well, let’s make our way on into my review and find out. Read more
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is perhaps one of the most well-rounded, exciting offerings in the franchise to date. Despite a runtime that’s bloated and a plot that is your usual uninspired set of events, the film still delivers some of the most thrilling, perfectly executed set-pieces, and an overall atmospheric tone that has this impossible outing feeling far more stylish and engaging than the previous few films. I found myself thoroughly entertained and enjoying every second of the choreographed madness. While I’ll still be diving into some of the issues that plague both this film and the franchise as a whole, I’m still eager and excited to explore all that Fallout has to offer, so let’s get to it. Read more
Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, is pretty much what I was expecting. At times it was entertaining and full of that Spielberg blockbuster magic. And other times it was quite irritating; with intrusive, lazy exposition, and a lack of competent character development. It’s a film that never lets up. It is full-on with everything. From the infamous amount of references, we were all expecting, to the visual magnitude of all those pop-culture references. It seemed the only thing it didn’t feel the need to go full-on with, where characters or the development of them. I was never bored when watching this film, but I also wasn’t ever invested or had any care for who or what I was watching. I’m mixed on how I want to review this film, as on one hand there’s a lot I could say against it, but on the other, it doesn’t ever stop being what it ultimately is: a fun, mindless blockbuster. I suppose I’ll figure out in my review how I truly feel about this film, so let’s go find out. Read more
The Cloverfield Paradox, directed by Julius Onah, is very clearly a sci-fi script that has been repurposed and then shoehorned into the Cloverfield franchise. However, unlike the previous film in the franchise (10 Cloverfield Lane), this one hasn’t worked. With a generic, predictable plot, characters who seemingly go out of their way to defy logic, and an overall experience that feels cliché and unoriginal. The Cloverfield Paradox is the first definite misstep in what has been a really interesting franchise to follow and look forward too. So let’s breakdown all that the film attempts and see if there’s anything that makes it worth checking out. Read more
So 2016 has been a mixed year in terms of films; the summer blockbuster season was… well a bust, and there have been a lot of films that haven’t fully hit the mark (for me). But, there have also been some real treasures – some films that have been absolutely exceptional; ones that I didn’t see coming. Now of course this is all about the films that for me, just couldn’t escape my head. The ones that burrowed themselves into my memory banks, set up shop, and politely – or sometimes quite forcefully – told me that they planned on being there for the long-haul. This was something I was completely okay with.
I suppose I should lay what you can expect from this piece, as I’m not intending for it to be the usual ‘Top 10’ lists that you’re going to be seeing around this time of year. What I want to do with this is not necessarily focus on what might be considered the absolute best-of-the best from 2016; the films that were perfect in their every effort and deserve to be recognised as the next masterpieces. This is more about me shining a light on some films that, for one reason or another (those reasons will be laid out in detail when I talk about each film) just had an effect on me, made it so that they stuck around and kept me thinking about them. The films are in no particular order, but my favourite film of 2016 will be in there somewhere. But don’t worry, you’ll know when that comes up.
I also want to point out that this list only contains films released in the UK in 2016. So films like, La La Land, Midnight, Manchester by the Sea, etc. films which everyone is singing the praises of, will not be contenders for this list. I want to keep it contained to only films released in UK cinemas in 2016. That way I can give everything a fair shot from this year.
So yeah, that’s what I intend to do with this piece. You’ll definitely recognise a lot of these films, and many other people will assuredly be talking about them, but I’m also hoping there will be 1-or-2 that slipped under your radar, and reading about them here gives you that little nudge to go watch them. So without further-a-due, let’s get into the films that stood out to me, and made their presence known, in 2016. Read more
Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, is a perfect balancing of elements that made the classic Star Trek properties so popular, and the elements that now make-up the J.J. Abrams Universe (better known as the Kelvin timeline). With a story that actually has you intrigued, characters with actual meaning, and an overall clear direction, makes for a Star Trek film worth your attention. But… not everything is as you’d perhaps want it to be. Let’s fully explore all of the parts, which make up this film. Let the review commence. Read more
With Star Trek Beyond coming out in cinemas, I thought it’d be fun to run down all of the other Star Trek films, from my least favourite to my favourite. I’ve seen all of these films quite a few times – that’s what happens when your brother is a devout Star Trek fan. I don’t think that some of these films get the love or the acclaim that they deserve, while others certainly deserve to fade into obscurity.
So I’m going start with the worst of the bunch and work my way up to the crème-de-la-crème, and I want to STRESS that this is my personal ranking and opinions, and am in no way saying this is the definitive listing of the films; just a little bit of fun, that’s all. Let’s get started: Read more
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams takes the biggest film franchise and blends wonderfully the original films with the new ones. Not a film void of problems by any stretch of the manner, this is still a film that offers something I think a lot of Star Wars fans have been waiting a while for. Read more
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, directed by Christopher McQuarrie is a bland, uneventful experience. Stale action scenes, predictable plot lines and weak characters all make for a formulaic film that has been seen many times before. Read more