First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, takes a bold direction with one of history’s most well-known and beloved figures. Rather than a pleasant, uplifting exploration of the life of Neil Armstrong, First Man pulls back the curtain and explores the darker, far more depressing story of a man who truly lived a life full of struggle and pain. However, with a solemn atmosphere and a hefty feeling runtime, I do think this is a film that some audience goers might struggle with. So, let’s explore all that First Man has to offer, and the methods it employs to do so, to see if it’s a film you’ll be wanting to see. Read more
Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, is a film that during the early stages, spins its wheels and directs its focus in all the wrong places. The film fills time with melodrama and nothing much else, until it finally finds what should have always received its attention. I felt myself detaching from the film in the beginning; settling in for something that I would soon forget once it had finished, but the story and characters it then found and shone a light on, may have saved the film. Or did they, was this ultimately a wasted 134 minutes? Let’s explore that question and more, in my review, and see if this film is worth clicking over to Netflix for. Read more
War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, is a film that is so full of a fulfilling emotional resonance and a defining central role in Caesar (Andy Serkis) that this is one of those films that leaves its mark on the summer blockbuster season and absolutely stands out from what is usually a pretty bland assortment of films. I’ve loved this new set of Planet of the Apes films since the beginning and I’m looking forward to breaking down this final instalment and exploring what it does well, but also what it struggles to fully succeed at. So, let’s find our way out of this intro and into the main review itself. Read more
It has certainly been a mixed bag in terms of the quality of films that have come out this year. I’ve been up and down with what has come out in 2015 – there have been some real surprises – films that snuck up on me and then just took all of my attention and hoarded it for itself. But there have also been long stretches this year where I’ve been left disappointed or underwhelmed by the offerings. In particular would be 2015’s summer blockbuster season which compared to last year has been a bland assortment of films or in some cases complete disasters (I’m looking at you Jurassic World), feel free to see my fuller thoughts on that film here.
But I’m not here to focus on the negatives; this piece is all about me sharing with you some of the films that I loved from 2015. Not a best of per-say (that always feels too definitive to me – plus everyone’s doing their best of lists at this time). This is more about me taking the time to highlight some truly special pieces of cinema or some films that didn’t necessarily get the attention they first deserve and I’m now taking the chance to make you aware of them and how great they are.
The last thing I’ll say before I get to the part that I know you’re probably more interested in and is the only reason you really clicked onto this piece (thank you for doing so I might add) is that these films are in no particular order. I’m just going to run through the films in the order that suits me and then will give a little detail on what makes them so great – I may even sneak in what is by personal favourite film of the year – actually there’s no may about it, I will be talking about my favourite film of 2015. Anyway that’s me done with this rambling section, now onto the next rambling section; the films that I think deserve your attention from 2015. Read more
‘Everest’, directed by Baltasar Kormákur is a visually engrossing film, filled with stunning vistas and some unbelievably realistic looking mountain top scenes. The film his hurt a little by its crowded – underdeveloped cast, but brings a lot of what it offers together into something unforgettable in the end. Read more
Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor is a messy, almost unnecessary film that over complicates an already complicated franchise. Despite it introducing some new and interesting ideas, there is a lot about the film that just continues down the unfortunate path, the overall Terminator franchise has taken. Read more