Yes, I am late to the party with a ‘best of’ reviews of the films of 2018, but I like to let my thoughts settle a bit first. Reflecting on the past twelve months I think 2018 turned out to be a pretty amazing year at the cinema. Here are some of my favourites. 1. A Quiet Place For a modern studio horror blockbuster to … Continue reading My top ten films of 2018
So, Avengers: Infinity War from Marvel Studios. The biggest of epic battles to end all epic battles (although not quite, as there’ll be an Avengers 4 in 2019, but more on that later). So, yes, there’s Thanos (Josh Brolin), a really bad guy. The worst. He’s purple, with a big chin from the planet Titan. He’s from Titan, not just his chin. That would be … Continue reading Infinity War: the pathos of Thanos
From the opening third of this movie I thought, here we go, Inception on acid with a large helping of Batman Begins. No bad thing, but still… everything draws from something else, so the studio had to make this movie stand out; but also give it that Marvel flavour. Which, happily, they did; with mystic monks bending matter and reality and turning cities into living … Continue reading Doctor Strange: Marvel continue to mix it up
With Marvel setting the bar so high, where is there for the Avengers to go? Did Age of Ultron wow you or leave you nonplussed? Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron review
From a film based on a theme park ride to a shiny robot on a killing spree, here’s my little look at the trailers of a few upcoming films. Continue reading Trailer park: Ultron, Tomorrowland, Crimson Peak and Aloha
Upon hearing the news that Disney have recently acquired Lucasfilm I asked myself this question. Good old George, the 68-year-old filmmaker sold Lucasfilm for $4.05bn (£2.5bn), my initial reaction was not exactly excitement, more tentative hope. Lucas is more or less a pensioner and his heart went out of making these films a long time ago. In some ways I’m amazed he managed to get … Continue reading Can Disney save Star Wars?
For this posting I’d like to discuss the evolution of the Marvel universe. I recently – finally – got around to seeing The Avengers. Or, as it’s known in the UK, Avengers Assemble (damn you, Steed). I have to say, having unavoidably seen and heard many reviews, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it and be expecting too much. Would it live up to the … Continue reading Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe