Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review

If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain… then you’ll have liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Which came out of leftfield at the time and was (yet another) risk for Marvel studios, banking on unknown characters that were not hugely connected to the existing Avengers universe. And Chris Pratt, as a leading man, was also a gamble. A mostly funny, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review

Joy: Lawrence adds strings to her bow

Let’s say, in some other reality, Jennifer Lawrence hadn’t met David O. Russell and her career had (thus far) just been built upon an impressively gritty debut (Winter’s Bone) and a teen action franchise (Hunger Games), would we hold her in such high regard? I rather doubt it. And this really isn’t a dig, but it’s fair to say her collaboration with writer-director David O. … Continue reading Joy: Lawrence adds strings to her bow

American Sniper: Cooper comes of age

Bradley Cooper first broke out in The Hangover in 2009, followed by The A-Team a year later. So he’s into comedy, nothing heavy. Fair enough, he’s that kind of actor. Or so it would seem. Then, in 2012, he hit us with a double whammy, The Place Beyond the Pines and Silver Linings Playbook. Both fascinating, flawed and complex characters. And both critically acclaimed (and … Continue reading American Sniper: Cooper comes of age

Guardians of the Galaxy: release your geek

“Unruly geeks change the world” ― Alexandra Robbins, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School In a world… That’s how those voiceover guys (and gals, occasionally) do it right? At least for the big blockbusters they tend to. Let’s start again, shall we? In a world where big summer blockbusters dominate the box office throughout spring, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: release your geek

American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

Big hair, big actors, big performances and small dresses. That’s what you get from this latest offering by writer-director David O. Russell – the man behind award winning films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Set in the ’70s and loosely following the FBI Abscam operation, we start with our main character, conman Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), sporting a hairy paunch and possibly the best … Continue reading American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

The Place Beyond The Pines…Schenectady

When mentioning that I was going to see The Place Beyond the Pines I referred to it as ‘the latest Ryan Gosling movie’, which is fair, given the trailer. However, it’s not an out-and-out Gosling movie, not entirely. I’ll explain, but first, the setup. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a motorcyle stunt rider who works for a travelling fairground. We start with the obligatory ‘Gosling torso … Continue reading The Place Beyond The Pines…Schenectady

Silver Linings Playbook – smart, edgy rom-com

Seems David O. Russell is on a bit of a roll. Following a six-year break after I ♥ Huckabees, the Writer/Director returned in 2010 with a film which bagged him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, critically-acclaimed boxing tale, The Fighter. His latest effort, Silver Linings Playbook, is another triumph – dramatic, touching, funny and heart-warming. This is down to a smart script, assured direction … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook – smart, edgy rom-com