Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

In taking on the story of Dick Cheney, the apparently unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider turned Vice Presidential master of the universe, Adam McKay seeks to shed light on the breathtaking constitutional chicanery which saw the executive branch of the American government vastly increase its own power whilst at the same time enormously enriching those in … Continue reading Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

Eye In The Sky (2016) Review

Having explored the politics and morality of warfare in 2013’s “Ender’s Game”, director Gavin Hood returns to the subject with a tense and much more topical take. This time, however, we’re not granted the vicarious safety of far-future sci-fi because this remotely controlled war is very present day and very, very real. A joint mission … Continue reading Eye In The Sky (2016) Review

American Sniper (2015) Review

After the disinterested and flat direction of “Jersey Boys”, Eastwood seems to have regained some of his mojo with this film which despite a few flaws emerges as a faithful and respectful adaptation of Chris Kyle’s 2012 autobiography. Structured into four chapters to parallel Kyle’s four tours of duty in Iraq, the film makes occasional … Continue reading American Sniper (2015) Review

A Most Wanted Man (2014) Review

I didn’t really warm to 2011’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, the last John le Carré adaptation to hit the big screen. A too star-laden cast self-consciously playing 1970’s dress up proved to be an irritating distraction and overpowered the intricate story, but thankfully that’s not the case with “A Most Wanted Man”. Starring the late … Continue reading A Most Wanted Man (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

Brazil (1985) Review

Terry Gilliam's Brazil Review

How on Earth has it taken me so long to get round to watching Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian Sci-Fi comedy? To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (stay with me): I’ve managed to see just about every film it’s influenced but like a poor marksman, I’ve kept missing the target. … Continue reading Brazil (1985) Review