Remember when Pirates Of The Caribbean came out? Did you like it? Did it have swash and buckle and pirate shenanigans aplenty? Did it also feel like a breath of fresh air in terms of the types of blockbuster movies out there? For me, it did, particularly coming off the back of the avalanche of ’90s disaster movies. And many others felt the same too, … Continue reading Making the case for Cutthroat Island (1995)
After watching The Green Knight at the cinema recently it got me thinking about knights in movies… movie knights, if you will — and which are the best, the bravest, the most chivalrous, and the funniest. That sort of thing. First, though, we need to define them. The dictionary describes a knight as ‘a mounted soldier in armour’. So for them to make the cut … Continue reading Knight fever! Who are your favourite knights in movies?
Be warned, if you’re not down with your witches, pixies, fairies and whatnot, this list will appear strange and confusing to you. That being said, away from your Cinderella and Snow White classics, here’s an alternative take on the best the fairytale genre has to offer that you might find refreshing. 10. Stardust (2007) Based on a Neil Gaiman novel this mad fantasy adventure sees … Continue reading Top 10 alternative fairytale movies
Which boat do you take? Where do you go? Sailing down this river will be another string to your travel bow. Continue reading The backpacker
Alfonso Cuaron drives me nuts. There I’ve said it. His films are so immersive, so real, they frequently leave you gasping for air. That’s very much the case in Gravity when our protagonist, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), is dangerously low on oxygen. In fact, there isn’t a time when she’s not in serious peril. You can see why this film wouldn’t work beyond 90 … Continue reading Gravity: the tale of Houston in the blind
Apparently Ben Stiller has been trying to get The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to the screen for the best part of two decades. Something you notice as it unfolds, at least in terms of slightly odd events taking place. But then, the film is slightly odd. And I mean that in a good way. As Winona Ryder’s Lydia says in Beetlejuice, ‘Live people tend … Continue reading Walter Mitty: has Ben Stiller come of age?
Watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with my family recently. Once the credits rolled my dad turned to me and said, ‘Is that it? What about the rest of the story?’ Upon hearing the film was going to be a trilogy and we’d have to wait to 2014 to see the lot, he wasn’t too pleased. One film to rule them all To the casual … Continue reading The Hobbit – Freeman and Jackson’s adventure!