Partridge is back and thankfully rather than tailoring the character… MorePartridge is back and thankfully rather than tailoring the character for an American market this still feels very much like a home-grown product. By keeping the whole thing contained in Norwich (and mostly in a radio station) it almost doesn't feel like a film but an extension of 'I'm Alan Partridge' and 'Mid Morning Matters'. All the favourite characters are back and the slightly bigger scope and 'hostage' storyline allow for Coogan to go to town and show the best and worst of Alan. For the fans there is plenty to enjoy and for those coming to Alan for the first time the film is a good introduction to the character and is an all-round great British comedy. Kiss my face!
This film was just to surreal for me, especially after 'Sightseers'.… MoreThis film was just to surreal for me, especially after 'Sightseers'. The whole thing looks beautiful and I applaud the film-making skill but it asked too much of me as an audience member and I wasn't in the mood to follow where it led.
A brilliant black comedy that finds Wheatley hitting the perfect… MoreA brilliant black comedy that finds Wheatley hitting the perfect balance between his loose film-making style and a sense of scale that has been missing from his previous films. The performances from Lowe and Oram are very well observed and you can tell that they have a history together prior to the film. The film cleverly lulls you into a false sense, suggesting at first that we're closer in style to Wheatley's debut 'Down Terrace' but once on the road the observations of the two and reactions to the havoc they create brings on the comedy. You can't help but like the couple despite the terrible things they do. Definitely my favourite Wheatley film so far and one I'd like to return to in the future.
I wasn't a big fan of 'Machete' but it was fun seeing all the big… MoreI wasn't a big fan of 'Machete' but it was fun seeing all the big stars taking part in such a cheesy movie. The same thing happens here and the best thing about this film is definitely the biggest star, Gibson. Until he comes into it the film (despite the overblown action and gore) is one big yawnfest. Trejo isn't talented to hold your attention on screen and despite the cameos of Gooding Jnr, Lady Gaga and Banderas (playing the same character!) no-one is given enough to do to make their roles memorable. What promises to be the next sequel looks more fun but if you want modern 'expolitation' thrills I'd stick with 'Hobo with a Shotgun'.
It's a shame this has come out amid Oscar hype as it tarnished my… MoreIt's a shame this has come out amid Oscar hype as it tarnished my initial viewing. I really enjoyed 'The Fighter' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' but I found this film overly complicated from the get-go and couldn't reconcile the style with the content. However from about halfway through I started to enjoy it and appreciate it. This was probably helped by an amazing performance from Lawrence as she only makes her presence known from this point. The rest of the cast are great too (Adams at her most mature and sexy, Bale at his most vulnerable, Cooper at his most crazy and Renner incredibly sympathetic as a politician with his heart in the right place) but Lawrence steals the show. I don't see it as a Best Picture film but I'd be surprised if the performances don't get something on Oscar night.
Despite lacklustre reviews and poor box office this is a fun and silly… MoreDespite lacklustre reviews and poor box office this is a fun and silly blockbuster that worked for me. Depp and Hammer are a great double act and the film recreates the old West in the same way that Donner's 'Maverick' did in the 90's. Like the 'Pirates' films it's too long but then most origin films tend to be. The action (especially the finale on runaway trains) is impressive and in this day and age it's nice to come across a hero who doesn't like to kill the villains. If you haven't seen it yet then give it a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I'm not expecting high art from 'The Hatchet' series. Green is… MoreI'm not expecting high art from 'The Hatchet' series. Green is attempting a throwback to the Friday the 13th series of the 80's and for the most part he succeeds. It helps that he throws in a lot of horror movie homages and old cult actors and goes to town with the gore. However unlike the recent horror remakes such as 'Last House' and 'The Hills have Eyes' this series never takes itself seriously and even though it's very bloody the whole thing comes across as very tongue in cheek. This series can probably go on forever as there doesn't seem to be any way to kill Victor Crowley but as long as Green keeps the in-jokes intact and has fun with it there's no reason we won't still be enjoying 'Hatchet X'!
Of course we didn't need a remake of 'Robocop' but in the same way the… MoreOf course we didn't need a remake of 'Robocop' but in the same way the remake of 'Total Recall' was unloved there are some interesting things in this film that make this a different type of movie. There are tips to the original film with various lines, design and soundtrack riffs but mostly this wants to be its own film. The performances are particularly strong from Oldman, Jackson and Keaton and there's still a nice edge if satire running through it. They've tried to develop the emotional impact of being Robocop a main theme and whilst this works in the scenes with Murphy and Oldman's character it is less effective with his family. There is is also an over abundance of villains in the film and it's 20 minutes too long but overall it's a decent action film.
A beautiful looking sci-fi with a strong eco message (it's almost a… MoreA beautiful looking sci-fi with a strong eco message (it's almost a live action version of 'Wall-E'!). The film takes a while to get going and the most interesting relationship is between Cruise and Riseborough (which is over too quickly). However the twist is clever and brings an emotional depth to the ending that is missing from the rest if the film.
An exceptional performance from Shannon lifts this real-life story to… MoreAn exceptional performance from Shannon lifts this real-life story to another level (why couldn't he be this terrifying in 'Man of Steel'?). Not up to 'Goodfellas' level this is still an intriguing story with impressive performances from most of the cast (not sure about Schwimmer with a dodgy moustache though). Watch it for Shannon's terrifying turn.