The much anticipated Beauty and the Beast remake hit cinemas on Friday and for a 90s child who grew up wishing she was Belle, it was wonderful. The film does a fantastic job of recreating the best moments from the original, while embellishing the story with elements from the original tale and introducing some new … Continue reading Review: Beauty and the Beast
Disney's series of remakes have been controversial among fans, with some stalwartly refusing to let go of their favourite animations and others desperate to see the stories updated for adults. There is absolutely no denying these live action remakes are for adults who are still kids at heart, but so far that has not hampered … Continue reading Review: The Jungle Book
I haven't read any JG Ballard so I'm unable to pronounce as to whether Ben Wheatley got High Rise 'right'. So from the perspective of an almost unknowing cinema goer this to me felt like a very clever, very well done dystopian fantasy. It nailed the seventies with the colours, the costumes, and … Continue reading Review: High Rise
Lights, camera, action! The Coen brothers' latest effort takes us back to the 1950s - the golden age of Hollywood. Shot using film, the colour carries a nostalgic golden glow, lending a real atmosphere to the film however it is far from sickly sweet. Image fromempireonline.com We follow 'fixer' Eddie Mannix through the trials … Continue reading Review: Hail, Caesar!
From the moment I saw the trailer and the cast line-up for The Hateful Eight I knew I had to see it. Described as a cross between Agatha Christie and a Western, this film definitely fits the bill and is another example of the brilliance of Tarantino. The film opens with an old western style … Continue reading Review: The Hateful Eight
Legend will be one of the biggest films of the year and is highly likely to see Tom Hardy, playing both Kray twins, winning awards. As such I had high hopes for the film. I was not disappointed. It opens with a female narrator introducing the 'legendary' Kray twins. We soon find out this narrator is … Continue reading Review: Legend
Kingsman: The Secret State is one if the best films I have seen in a long time. A lover of all things to do with spying and espionage I had high hopes for this film and was not disappointed. The film has everything, it is funny, full of action, dramatic and even sexy. The plot … Continue reading Turning Traditions, Kingsman: The Secret Service
At the Tyneside Cinema’s Book Club screening for Inherent Vice I wasn’t sure what to expect, though Pychon’s The Crying of Lot 49 is next on my list I hadn’t read anything by the author before. Approaching the film in the way only an English student could, with a pre screening talk and post screening … Continue reading Weird but wonderful: Inherent Vice