Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: the difficult second album

Is the second film in a franchise the hardest or is the one that starts the whole thing off harder? And, for that matter, is a film a franchise after two outings? These days I’d say yes. At least the studios like to think so. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is no different. Indeed, it’s very much following the formula (not that that’s … Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: the difficult second album

Will the real Gary Oldman please stand up?

Gary Oldman isn’t the original bad boy. That title would probably go to James Dean or someone similar. But, at least in terms of myself growing up, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for good old Gary in concentrated psycho mode. Obviously there’s Leon, but specifically I’m thinking Drexl in True Romance – sheer scene stealing brilliance. And I imagine most of the … Continue reading Will the real Gary Oldman please stand up?

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – what went wrong?

Clearly I must be a churl. According to Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert I fit the profile, at least to a degree. To explain, I was flicking through channels today – I know for those of you that read my posts regularly it may sound like I do this a lot, I really don’t – and settled on watching a bit of Lara Croft: … Continue reading Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – what went wrong?

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Who are the top 20 most intense actors of recent times?

I do like an intense character and performance when I’m watching a film. Someone who literally rivets and welds you to the screen, look away at your peril. Some people probably like their films bright and breezy. I don’t mind those too, but there’s something about intensity that leaves a lasting impression. You remember those performances. As such I thought I’d offer a couple of … Continue reading Who are the top 20 most intense actors of recent times?