First Man (2018) Review

Opening with Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) test piloting an X-15 rocket ship so high you fear he may crash in to the orbiting Universal Logo which went past mere seconds before, Damien Chazelle’s quietly absorbing biopic is something of an antithesis to the usual stars ‘n’ stripes bombastic heroic portrayal the US space program usually … Continue reading First Man (2018) Review

Everest (2015) Review

There’s always a question mark that hangs over film adaptations of true events, and when it’s the true story of a tragedy, that question is always more pointed. “Everest” struggles with the same problems that “The Impossible” did: what is the point of the movie, apart from to show the tragic suffering and horrific deaths … Continue reading Everest (2015) Review

Terminator Genisys (2015) Review

“Terminator Genisys” actually comes pretty close to revitalising the franchise. Frustratingly close, in fact. But some poor casting choices, a muddled middle act and some drearily repetitive direction from Alan Taylor mean that whatever good ideas it has are frittered away in an aimless and nostalgic romp through the better moments of the previous “Terminator” … Continue reading Terminator Genisys (2015) Review

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Review

Where “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” was a pleasant much-better-than-expected surprise, it’s sequel (the sequel to the prequel after the [failed*] reboot of the franchise) has a much higher standard to live up to. Set ten years after the events of the previous film, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” picks up … Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Review

White House Down (2013) Review

I went to see “White House Down” against my better judgement. I owe my better judgement an apology. It’s impossible to reflect on “White House Down” without mentioning “Olympus Has Fallen”, the similarly (and by similarly, I mean almost identically) themed action movie from earlier this year. However, where I came out of “Olympus Has … Continue reading White House Down (2013) Review

The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

Baz Luhrmann’s version of this classic slice of Americana begins with the whimsical conceit of a 1920’s style movie logo before gradually sharpening to the 21st Century’s high definition cinema experience. Unfortunately, thanks to the lure of unnecessary 3D, Luhrmann can’t resist throwing his whole tired bag of tricks at the screen. I saw it … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013) Review