Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Depending on how you land on Thor: Ragnarok, this is either where the lumbering Marvel Cinematic Universe really starts to unshackle itself from so much box-ticking, or the installment at which the franchise tips and, if not exactly jumps the shark, at least gets ready for … Continue reading Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Year: 1968 Director: Anthony Harvey Stars: Peter O'Toole (Henry II), Katharine Hepburn (Eleanor of Aquitaine), Anthony Hopkins (Richard), John Castle (Geoffrey), Nigel Terry (John), Timothy Dalton (Philip II), Jane Merrow (Alais) Genre: Period Drama For it's Christmas setting I deliberately held off covering The Lion In Winter until now in an attempt to make the essay's … Continue reading Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Review: Thor: The Dark World

There's a moment in one of the early 'Treehouse Of Horror' episodes of The Simpsons that sprang to mind while I was watching Thor: The Dark World. The Simpson family inherit an old spooky house with a host of haunted goings-on occurring within. In one room is a vortex into which Homer chucks an orange. Immediately after, … Continue reading Review: Thor: The Dark World

Review: Red 2

Red was fun. Something of a sleeper hit, it managed to travel by word-of-mouth, offering light-hearted action backed with a spitfire script and some very appealing characters. Evidently it did enough business to make a sequel commercially viable, which ought to be good news for everyone. With so many comic book adaptations gunning to be … Continue reading Review: Red 2

Review: Hitchcock

Biopics of recent figures, especially celebrities or people of notable fame, tend to fall into one of two camps. There are those that attempt to encompass the whole life, bullet-pointing the key moments, fretfully hoping to build a strong narrative out of the patchy weave of genuine circumstances. Then there are those that narrow their … Continue reading Review: Hitchcock