Captain Phillips: a tense tale on the high seas

That Paul Greengrass eh? He’s a sort. That shaky handheld camerawork, the subtle and compelling way he draws you into his films, making you feel his worlds are believable ones, absent Hollywood’s sheen for the most part. Tonally to me, this feels part United 93, part Bourne, inasmuch as the action feels real. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Captain Phillips, for those that don’t … Continue reading Captain Phillips: a tense tale on the high seas

Cloud Atlas: the Wachowskis’ magnum opus?

Aaah, the old books to films conundrum – in this day and age are any novels truly unfilmable? In the last ten years or so the industry has brought a myriad of literary tales – all widely considered unfilmable – to the big screen: Lord of the Rings, Life of Pi and Watchmen all spring to mind as critical and commercial successes. Which brings us … Continue reading Cloud Atlas: the Wachowskis’ magnum opus?

Top ten performances of Tom Hanks

I’m somewhat regretting starting this – I mean, TOM HANKS! The consistently high standard of films in which he’s starred, where do I start? In terms of cinematic living legends he has to be in the top ten right? It’s worth noting that – as of 2012 – his films have grossed over $4.2bn in the US and $8.5bn worldwide, making him the highest-grossing box … Continue reading Top ten performances of Tom Hanks