DIRECTORS: Jim Henson and Frank Oz RATING: 4.5/5 The 1980’s were something of a Golden Age for fantasy films. Although constrained by the technological limitations of the day, the makers of these films swung for the fences. Nothing encapsulates this better than The Dark Crystal. The film takes place in a world thrown out of balance … Continue reading The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”
DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer GUEST BLOGGER: Vaughan Tales of chaotic productions and catastrophic flops remain irresistible to film buffs, arguably more so than famous successes, and few films have illustrated this better than “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”. More than twenty years after its release the film continues to be a fixture of “Worst films of … Continue reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespsie RATING: 3/5 Some people in the millennial age bracket won't have one clue who Tonya Harding is and her notoriety. If you fall in that age bracket then buy the ticket and come back to this blog as there's a couple of spoilers below. This film takes you on a thrill ride of … Continue reading I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner RATING: 5/5 Stand By Me is a film that has been cast well, it strikes all the right notes comically, emotionally, and understands the story it wants to tell. The film builds on nostalgic reflection as an adult writer thinks to his teenage years. The four stars at the beginning of their young … Continue reading Stand By Me (1986) “Truth From Twelve Year Old Minds.”
DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater RATING: 5/5 Film can be more than moving, it can give you an experience where you contemplate your own experiences and perspective of the world. It can shift your thinking and way of life. In Linklater's film you watch a drama that is relevant to any 21st century family whether it be … Continue reading Boyhood (2014) “A Divorced Parents Reference Guide”
DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck RATING: 3.5/5 Casey Affleck has won acclaim by winning the Best Actor Oscar for Manchester By The Sea (2016), and critical acclaim in other roles like I'm Not There and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Ben Affleck has a quiet pathos and genuinity in his acting that … Continue reading Gone Baby Gone (2007) “Right Versus Wrong?”
DIRECTOR: Martin McDonagh RATING: 4/5 Straight away you know you are about to view an offbeat film where characters are intriguing to watch not just interesting. You know the story won't be a run of the mill drama but a weird sense of cool drama that will draw you in til the end. How do you … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) The Gift Of Anger?
DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood RATING: 5/5 Clint Eastwood's film Million Dollar Baby is deeper and more profound than a three point sermon could be if you're sitting in church. In fact Eastwood's character Frankie Dunn does go to mass every week and pesters the local priest about theology with delight. Much the same way this film asks questions … Continue reading Million Dollar Baby (2005) Anyone Can Lose One Fight
RATING: 5/5 DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer The film is a classic because watching it now in the 21st century, it is still fresh and relates to contemporary politics. The film plays to our anxieties that not everything is as it appears. Who is there to believe in the smoke and mirrors that is happening around us. … Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Paranoia Amongst The Cold War
RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: Christopher McQuarrie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation delivers what it needs to deliver to its audience - Thrilling Action Spectacle. Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt since 1996 and here he finds himself in this 2015 film right at home. Thinking back to 1996 and watching the first film, the franchise is aging … Continue reading Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation (2015) – The Action Star Spy Film