Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rotham, is not just one of the best superhero movies to grace the big screen, but it stands as one of the best comic book movies I think I’ve ever seen. Its vibrant style, its infectious sense of humour, its dazzling animation and its total willingness to be a comic book in motion – plus so much more – makes every second of time with this film an absolute joy. Settle in while I gush over a film that had me smiling throughout and had me feeling like a big happy kid sitting in the cinema. Read more
Outlaw King, co-written and directed by David Mackenzie, brings to Netflix what might be one of its strongest exclusives to date. Like the historical epics that used to dominate the cinema, Outlaw King is epic in scope and brutal in tone, but it also has heart to it – a proud Scottish heart that beats strong (and I’m not just saying that because I am a fellow Scot), but the film isn’t without faults. Some serious pacing issues and a lack of depth can sometimes leave the film feeling a little out of breath. I’m very excited to explore all that Outlaw King has to offer. Is this one of Netflix’s best? Maybe. Do the film’s failings lessen its impact – it’s effectiveness? Again, maybe. Let’s explore those questions and much, much more in my review. Read more
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is a film that absolutely succeeds at establishing, and then fully developing, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, as a character. It also achieves something I was not expecting; and that was a character relationship that truly transcended everything else in the film. But of course the film is not without problems, and I think those problems might sadly hold the film back from being something more than just another superhero movie. Through my review, we can hopefully explore more of what it is that makes the film stumble but also shine, so let’s get to it. Read more
In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.
But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more
So 2016 has been a mixed year in terms of films; the summer blockbuster season was… well a bust, and there have been a lot of films that haven’t fully hit the mark (for me). But, there have also been some real treasures – some films that have been absolutely exceptional; ones that I didn’t see coming. Now of course this is all about the films that for me, just couldn’t escape my head. The ones that burrowed themselves into my memory banks, set up shop, and politely – or sometimes quite forcefully – told me that they planned on being there for the long-haul. This was something I was completely okay with.
I suppose I should lay what you can expect from this piece, as I’m not intending for it to be the usual ‘Top 10’ lists that you’re going to be seeing around this time of year. What I want to do with this is not necessarily focus on what might be considered the absolute best-of-the best from 2016; the films that were perfect in their every effort and deserve to be recognised as the next masterpieces. This is more about me shining a light on some films that, for one reason or another (those reasons will be laid out in detail when I talk about each film) just had an effect on me, made it so that they stuck around and kept me thinking about them. The films are in no particular order, but my favourite film of 2016 will be in there somewhere. But don’t worry, you’ll know when that comes up.
I also want to point out that this list only contains films released in the UK in 2016. So films like, La La Land, Midnight, Manchester by the Sea, etc. films which everyone is singing the praises of, will not be contenders for this list. I want to keep it contained to only films released in UK cinemas in 2016. That way I can give everything a fair shot from this year.
So yeah, that’s what I intend to do with this piece. You’ll definitely recognise a lot of these films, and many other people will assuredly be talking about them, but I’m also hoping there will be 1-or-2 that slipped under your radar, and reading about them here gives you that little nudge to go watch them. So without further-a-due, let’s get into the films that stood out to me, and made their presence known, in 2016. Read more
Hell or High Water, directed by Scott Mackenzie, is a film filled with so much character; from the landscape, to the little side characters in nowhere towns, and of course the characters who lead the film. This is a film that offers up so much to the audience, and it all feels to enjoyably watchable. It was a film that I could have happily watched another hour of, and that’s always a good response to have to a film. So let’s get this review on the move, and see how Hell or High Water shapes up. Read more
Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, is a perfect balancing of elements that made the classic Star Trek properties so popular, and the elements that now make-up the J.J. Abrams Universe (better known as the Kelvin timeline). With a story that actually has you intrigued, characters with actual meaning, and an overall clear direction, makes for a Star Trek film worth your attention. But… not everything is as you’d perhaps want it to be. Let’s fully explore all of the parts, which make up this film. Let the review commence. Read more
With Star Trek Beyond coming out in cinemas, I thought it’d be fun to run down all of the other Star Trek films, from my least favourite to my favourite. I’ve seen all of these films quite a few times – that’s what happens when your brother is a devout Star Trek fan. I don’t think that some of these films get the love or the acclaim that they deserve, while others certainly deserve to fade into obscurity.
So I’m going start with the worst of the bunch and work my way up to the crème-de-la-crème, and I want to STRESS that this is my personal ranking and opinions, and am in no way saying this is the definitive listing of the films; just a little bit of fun, that’s all. Let’s get started: Read more
The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie is a film that plays it pretty simple. I was never surprised by anything, nor was I ever lost within a scene that was stand out brilliant – everything in The Finest Hours moved along in a way that came of safe and a little to cookie cutter. There are some good elements to the film – those primarily are how great the film looks and a third act that almost makes up for the bland first 2, but this is a film that does kind of just come and go by the end (like a ship in the night). Read more