Tag : Peter Brearley

Trainwreck – A collision of heart and humour

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Considering his huge influence on American comedy, it’s surprising that Judd Apatow’s own directorial efforts are such a mixed bag. The 40- Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up were excellent but since then his films have been ambitious but flawed (Funny People) or slight and forgettable (This is 40). It … Read More

Fantastic Flop

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The worst thing about Fantastic Four (or, more idiotically Fant4stic) isn’t the terrible CGI (which ranges between 10 years ago-bad and Sci-Fi channel bad), the nonsensical structure or the stop-start pacing, nor is it the ugly design (hope you’re a fan of grey!) or even the character arcs which end … Read More

Mission Improbable – Or, The Resurgence of Physical Filmmaking

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Buster Keaton clasps to the cattle guard of a speeding locomotive, one small slip away from falling beneath the wheels. The year is 1927, and the actor is no stranger to risking life and limb for a production: he’s already tempted death by scrambling along the side of the engine … Read More

Robin Williams: An Underappreciated Star

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Robin Williams holds a curious place in the cultural memory of the millennial generation. For an audience far too young to have any memory of the manic quick-fire impressions of his eighties stand-up heyday, he is instead remembered for his joyous, decidedly more family-friendly, 1990s performances in Aladdin, Jumanji and … Read More

Jurassic Competition: Park VS World

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After its gargantuan success at the box office, Jurassic World has proved that now, as ever, children love dinosaurs. Jurassic World is on the brink of making $1.5 billion at the worldwide box-office, a huge figure that makes it far and away the most successful film of the last 12 … Read More

Monsters: Dark Continent reduces the all important monsters to background noise

4 years ago / 0 comments

Monsters was one of those rare films that totally surpassed expectations; it made a conscious decision to explore further than its B-movie sci-fi roots, was a character study and critique of US foreign policy and was heartfelt, intelligent and hugely enjoyable. Taking the political analysis of Monsters as its emphasis , Monsters: Dark … Read More

Vin Diesel plays it straight against sheer silliness in Furious 7

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Vin Diesel is a man with no sense of irony. Whilst the majority of his Fast and Furious co-stars spend the non-car chase scenes in this 7th(!) entry in the long-running street racing/ 80’s action throwback franchise making it very clear how silly the whole thing is, Diesel plays it … Read More

A middle-aged Bond Girl: what’s the fuss?

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The media applause over Monica Bellucci’s casting as the female lead in the new James Bond film as a huge positive step for the series is somewhat baffling. Praise for this decision, described by director Sam Mendes as “revolutionary”, stems from Bellucci being, at fifty, the oldest female lead in … Read More

Coherence is extremely low budget and extremely good

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Coherence is a testament to how much can be achieved with only a great idea and a group of talented actors. Made on a tiny budget with no special effects and only one location, the film follows a group of friends attending a dinner party to mark the passage of … Read More

Blackhat’s lack of a strong villain leaves it falling flat

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For a film dealing with such a contemporary threat, Blackhat feels like it could have been made anytime in the last 25 years. The heroes say little and the villains wield assault rifles whilst riding speedboats: in short it’s a Michael Mann movie. Mann has always been an underrated auteur … Read More