11 movies and TV shows with cool titles

I was talking to my partner the other day about titles: as in, titles of books, movies, and TV. Basically, the titles of stories, and how some of them are quite inventive but many of them are as dull as ditchwater. The ones that stick in my mind, are the ones that are relatively simple but sound as cool as hell, and often invite you … Continue reading 11 movies and TV shows with cool titles

Baby Driver: the musical that wasn’t

Edgar Wright first came to most people’s attention with his Cornetto trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). In-between, he threw in a career highlight – the utter batshit curveball that was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). For lo, it contained a truckload of cool music and a baby-faced lead (Michael Cera), whose character was part of … Continue reading Baby Driver: the musical that wasn’t

Legend: Hardy gives us both barrels

Ronnie and Reggie. They almost sound sweet don’t they? Like Bill and Ben the flower pot men. But they’re not. Far from it. Ronald and Reginald Kray were possibly the scariest two brothers you could hope to meet (or pray not to meet) in London in the ’50s and ’60s. Born identical twins in 1933, they worked their way up the organised crime ladder to … Continue reading Legend: Hardy gives us both barrels

Focus: Smith and Robbie zing but the plot falls flat

Will Smith is a movie star. An A-lister. Granted he’s been off his game lately, but he’s not done with the box office yet. And Margot Robbie is a rising talent and undeniably one of the most beautiful actresses working today. Sticking the two of them together in a caper about con artists seems like a good idea on paper. They can both hold the … Continue reading Focus: Smith and Robbie zing but the plot falls flat

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