Tag: action

Feature, Film Review

Elysium (2013)

The future is a hell of a mess In the movie world of the South African director Neill Blomkamp, whose 2009 District 9 was a surprise hit that got four Oscar nominations, the future, clearly, is dystopian. Actually, it’s a huge social and political nightmare where whatever injustices we suffer have been […]

Film Review

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Bruce Willis is fed up of making action movies. You may have heard or read comments to that extent recently. You may have seen Willis acting like some unhappy, spoilt brat in one or two televised interviews. He has made no attempt recently to hide his disdain for the movies […]

Film Review

Downhill (1927)

The Gainsborough production company wanted Ivor Novello back with Hitchcock after the success of The Lodger, so Hitchcock adapted Novello’s stage play, which he’d written with Constance Collier under the joint nom de plume of David L’Estrange. Though 34, Novello plays the lead role of Roddy Berwick, an outstanding public schoolboy […]

Feature, Film Review

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

If there was ever an ‘alternative’ comic book film, it would have to be 2010’s Kick-Ass. With its over-exaggerated violence and dark humour, the film helped popularise Mark Millar’s cult comic.  But with the original film’s director and writer, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman respectively, jumping ship to revitalise the […]

DVD Review

Java Heat (2013)

An admired Indonesian sultana – a kind of princess – is apparently killed in a terrorist attack, and undercover agent Jack Wilde (Kellan Lutz) is in Indonesia to investigate clues, posing as an art history student. He acts like a bull in a china shop, quickly attracting the attention of […]

Feature, Film Review

The Heat (2013)

Buddy cop comedies are an enduring trend in the film world. A reckless cop who goes against the grain to get the results needed, and one who sticks to the rules.  Both eventually put their differences aside to get the bad guy.  Well, after classics such as Lethal Weapon and […]

DVD Review

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Yet another reworking of a well-known fairytale, Jack the Giant Slayer gives Jack and the Beanstalk an impressive array of CGI and a fraction more depth to create a 2-hour story fleshed out with a collection of mainly British talent. The ‘unlikely’ hero of this tale is farmer’s boy Jack, […]

Film Review

The Wolverine (2013)

*Yep, this review contains spoilers!* The new Wolverine movie was inspired by a Wolverine mini-series from 1982, drawn by Frank Miller and set in Japan. It’s one of the best Wolverine stories ever printed, and it has a timeless and artistic quality that keeps it forever fresh. In it, Wolverine […]

Feature, Film Review

The Wolverine (2013)

Of all the comic-book characters available for big screen treatment – which includes a fair number if you take into account both Marvel and DC Comics’ back catalogue – the lycanthropic Wolverine has featured relatively little apart from appearing in films starring various characters under the collective grouping of the […]

Feature, Film Review

The World’s End (2013)

Trying to fulfil an epic pub crawl with the ringleader being a bit of idiot sounds like an normal Saturday night, perhaps destined for disaster.  However, for British film fans, this is a night on the lash everyone has been looking forward to for the past six years – and […]