movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Casting Colin Firth as the James Bond character in a film is unexpected – watching him balance the action film moves and immaculate dress of an English gentleman makes for an impressive basis for a film. It’s a film that makes some progress against gender stereotypes in spy films, with a female assassin alongside a Samuel L Jackson billionaire […]

movie: birdman

Birdman (2015) is a borderline-arthouse movie. The camera dances around the key characters in long, continuous shots – it’s the kind of film you can get lost in. If you’re looking for a Fight-Club level tilt from Edward Norton, an only-slightly Galifianakis from Zach, and an amazing performance from Michael Keaton. There are underlying themes of life’s […]

movie: the hobbit: the battle of the five armies

movie: The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies Put aside for a moment the complaints that a short book is turned into three high-grossing movies. If you’d like to go back to Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth for one last visit, then you’ll be headed there. There’s lots of blood-less CGI fighting, hand-to-hand combat, a […]

movie: penguins of madagascar

Movie: Penguins of Madagascar One requested by the kids. Again, we took them to the Dendy for their family pricing and smaller screens. 6yo enjoyed it throughout, 3yo (almost 4yo) was a bit scared by the final set piece action sequence. It’s more an action movie than a comedy, though there are plenty of things […]

movie: Nightcrawler

Movie: Nightcrawler (2014) Jake Gyllenhall produced and stars in this action/drama. A tale of a drifter who finds the thing he’s passionate about. In his case, it’s being a nightcrawler – someone who drives around taking video of crime scenes to sell to TV stations’ news programmes. Gyllenhall’s performance is really great: creepy, persuasive, and filled with […]

movie: gone girl

Gone Girl is the latest David Fincher movie. Brilliant visually, in the vein of the old Dirty Harry movies. A mix of creepy, mysterious, funny, and over-the-top in terms of its violence and other content. Not for the faint of heart.

Movie: The Equalizer (2014)

The Equalizer is the new Denzel Washington action film from the director of Training Day. It’s a little over 2 hours long, with a slow build, some well orchestrated set pieces, and a truly disquieting bad guy – some scenes are uncomfortable viewing. It’s a muted performance from Washington, but this well suits the character […]