Magic Mike XXL (2015)

So you don't have to wander far to find men moaning about 'objectification' and 'if it was female strippers...' and 'feminist double standards' and boo hoo hoo etc over this one film out of a billion to seemingly be aimed at a female audience.  And they would have a point if only they weren't utterly … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL (2015)

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

Most film series have an over-riding feel or theme that unify them and when they move away from it the results are often fatal.  For the Terminator series it's all about dreams.  The first is an outright nightmare, the second is like a daydream that startles you awake and the third always felt tinged by John … Continue reading Terminator Genisys (2015)

Spy (2015)

Spy just isn't funny.  It might be to you but, save for some fun moments where Jason Statham revels in self-awareness... well, humour is subjective and I just don't get this particular rambling, post-Apatow brand.  For two hours. Why is it always two hours? But I can't dismiss it out of hand because it is a … Continue reading Spy (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Have you read The Beach (1996)? I read it in sixth form a couple of years after it came out and remember it going through our year like fire.  It was a zeitgeist thing, with it’s blend of backpacking and movies, and a cracking read that grabbed you and then unleashed itself just as it … Continue reading Ex Machina (2015)

CineGuernsey: Life of Riley (7.30pm, Fri 12 June 2015)

Adapted from the play by Alan Ayckbourn, Life of Riley is a French comedy-drama directed by Alain Resnais in his final feature before his death. In Yorkshire, three couples are shattered by the news that their mutual friend George Riley is fatally ill and has only a few months left to live. Thinking how best … Continue reading CineGuernsey: Life of Riley (7.30pm, Fri 12 June 2015)

San Andreas (2015)

So here's some good popcorn cinema.  Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is a helicopter rescue pilot, there's a massive earthquake, his daughter and estranged wife are out there somewhere needing rescuing.  Get Paul Giamatti in to play a Professor of Exposition and fill in the blanks etc. As well as the usual scenes of destruction, daring … Continue reading San Andreas (2015)

Tomorrowland (2015)

If you change the channel in the dead of night and find that you are 30 minutes into a film chances are that you will be able to follow what's going on.  It's a testament to the language of film that you can instantly follow the beats, and it helps that there are only so … Continue reading Tomorrowland (2015)

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

She wouldn't fall for him.  That's the problem.  Thomas Vinterberg's film is something of a delight, especially Michael Sheen's performance as the utterly decent Mr Boldwood, but it falls down on the crucial point that Bathsheba Everdene makes a choice that just doesn't ring true. Maybe it's just the disappointment of seeing such a strong … Continue reading Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Avengers: The Age of Ultron (2015)

Watching this latest instalment of the Marvel content delivery system I couldn't help but think of the surprisingly good X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), both have killer robots and Billy Whizz but Singer's movie had the distinction of not just being a series of things that happen.  It had a mission and proven high … Continue reading Avengers: The Age of Ultron (2015)