Page vs Screen: Which Did It Better? (part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of my Page vs Screen series. Find part 1 here Find part 2 here World War Z To call World War Z an adaptation of Max Brooks’s book would be somewhat false. At best it’s a reinterpretation, but even that’s being a little kind. Marc Forster’s film essentially just takes what’s a really cool title for a zombie movie…

Continue Reading »

What Star Ratings Really Mean

Star ratings have a habit of ruling film criticism. Bus posters and billboards particularly love their eye-catching nature, and indeed it makes sense to advertise with such a clear visual aid in areas where people will only grab a quick glance at the poster in question. Even if there’s a small quote beneath, it’s the number of stars which stay in…

Continue Reading »

Should You Watch Bad Movies To The End?

Being a film critic sounds like the perfect job. They get paid to sit and watch movies all day and then write about said movies. They get the chance to mull with and interview stars at festivals. They get early access to all the big movies. And did I mention they get to sit around watching and writing about movies all…

Continue Reading »

Kong: Skull Island (2017) – Review

It’s a little hard to believe Peter Jackson’s King Kong is already 12 years old. The memory of going to see it remains vivid; before that, The Lord Of The Rings on my birthday had been the tradition, so when Jackson came along with another December-released epic after a two-year hiatus, I was more than a little excited. And sure enough, I enjoyed it at the…

Continue Reading »

Page vs Screen: Which Did It Better? (part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of my Page vs Screen series. It’s already pretty apparent which side is going to win, but don’t let that spoil the fun… Find part 1 here. The Picture of Dorian Gray It’s a real shame that the filmmakers decided to ditch everything interesting about Oscar Wilde’s classic Gothic chiller in order to appeal to a young, sex-obsessed…

Continue Reading »
Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, X-Men

Logan (2017) – Review

To give this review some context, I’ve never been a very big X-Men fan. Not because I have any specific reason (other than feeling confused about the chronology of each installment) – it’s just that the characters have never excited me in the way that a lot of other superheroes have, like Spiderman or Batman. That is, of course, with…

Continue Reading »
The Shining, horror, movie, film, Kubrick, Stephen King

Page vs Screen: Which Did It Better? (part 1)

Though it certainly feels like a modern trope to base every new movie on a book or some other original source, it’s actually a practice dating back to the birth of cinema. Technically the earliest adaptation can be found all the way back in 1899, when magician/avante-garde filmmaker George Méliès made a version of Cinderella filled with his usual cutting tricks and…

Continue Reading »
Hidden Figures, movie, film, review, Oscars, Academy Awards, 2017

Hidden Figures (2017) – Review

When I first saw the trailer for Hidden Figures – a point at which I had no idea it even existed – I admit I rolled my eyes. Not, I assure you, at the subject matter, but at the somewhat naff creative direction the trailer took. That shamelessly sentimental “you can do it!” music, fluttering up in grandeur the longer it went on,…

Continue Reading »
Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, movie, film, classic, opening scene

When Movies (And TV) Forget How Life Works

Movies aren’t always known for their realism, let’s be honest. Sure, we’ll always have the works of filmmakers like Mike Leigh and young, radical French directors to remind us how gritty and real our world can be, and there will never be a shortage of awards-bait true stories floating around, but movies are, fundamentally, about escapism. They’re there to entertain us, to…

Continue Reading »
Lego Batman, movie, review, film, superhero, Lego Movie, Will Arnett, Robin, Batman vs Superman

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) – Review

“All great movies start with black…” When The Lego Movie came out a couple of years ago, it defied pretty much everyone’s expectations. Like the general feeling surrounding things like The Emoji Movie, Angry Birds and the as-yet-untitled Tetris Movie (really), there was a collective scrutiny over the idea that there could be any kind of coherent narrative in a film based on such a…

Continue Reading »