A dramatic month, ending on a comedic note to break your heart then lift your spirits (no pun intended). Whether you got a laugh from Spider-Man: Homecoming, a scare from It Comes at Night or your heart broken and burst by Dunkirk and The Big Sick. Continue reading “August Recipe at the Cinema: A Body of Drama with a Hint of Hijinks”
Prepare for a web-slinging, skin-crawling, tension filled, devastating yet hopeful month of cinema. In this time of blockbusters don’t forget to catch some of the other gems hitting the big screen this month, so here’s my top 5 films for July. Continue reading “Web-slinging, Skin-crawling, Tension filled, Devastatingly Hopeful July”
May has finished without a bang but a whimper, paving the way for June to hit screens with some big hitters, quick cuts and plenty of stars. With so much to pick from, I’ve picked my top 5 films to see this month, starting with an obvious choice… Continue reading “June & the Box Office Summer Begins”
Recently, I watched Scott Pilgrim vs the World for the first time in a few years, it’s always been one of my favourite films but after seeing it so many times, I let it slide to the background for a while. Revisiting it, it came to mind how much it really has to offer, so here’s a quick round-up of what makes this adaptation a must watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it and a small window into why those who have, love it so much. Directed and written by Edgar Wright, co-written by Michael Bacall, based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley. So let’s get started shall we?
Despite a few blockbuster, franchise releases, April has been a quiet month but things are about to slowly ramp up to summer with a mix of blockbuster and indie releases for May, so here’s my top 5 for this month: Continue reading “Come What May…At the Cinema”
March seemed like too many releases to contend with, they may have all been of differing quality but nevertheless, varied and with plenty of options of what to catch in cinemas. April however, seems to have taken a strong step in the other direction, with only a few films to note that may be worth stepping into cinemas for but here they are… Continue reading “A Slow April”
Recently, I got a chance to pose some questions to screenwriter Jen Finelli about her and Samantha Aiken‘s upcoming film I’m Having an Affair With My Wife, a romantic comedy about a Black and Asian (#blasian) married couple who become fed up with their marriage and seek out an affair, only to accidentally start an internet affair with each other. There certainly aren’t enough female driven projects out there and I’m happy to help introduce you to one of them, so check out what Jen had to say: Continue reading “Interview: I’m Having an Affair With My Wife”
February in the UK gave us the chance to watch some Oscar nominated (and winning) films, action, true stories, heart-warming tales and a few living toys. March will give us monsters, remakes, an ageing superhero, foreign film and some fantastic female leads, not all of which have made it onto this month’s list; here are the 8 most vital viewings for March. Continue reading “The Films of March”
January is always a hard month to follow but February is up for the challenge with a significant list of extremely varied releases to entertain us this month at the cinema.
January is posed to be bursting with quality cinema, it’s also the height of the Oscar contenders season but really that’s just a benefit for audiences to receive so many great films in one month. Continue reading “Starting The Year Right At The Cinema”
November gave us some memorable films, some of those for good reason and others sadly the opposite but nonetheless it was an interesting month of cinema; this month looks to be another intriguing mix with some definite contenders to watch out for in the awards season. There’s also some releases on this list that may not turn out spectacular but should be worth the watch.
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley
Plot: The story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the American pilot who became a national hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River to save the passengers and crew, and the investigation that followed, threatening to destroy his career.
Why Should You See It: Certain to be a knockout performance from Hanks, having already been released in the US to shining reviews, it’s almost definitely going to be worth the watch; and who can resist a true to life story?
Reviewed here: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/review-sully/
Office Christmas Party (09/12)
Directed By: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Starring: Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Chung, Abbey Lee, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Sam Richardson, Vanessa Bayer and Jillian Bell
Plot: When the CEO (Aniston) tries to cancel her hard-partying brother’s (Miller) branch, he and his CTO (Bateman) must throw an epic party to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. As you’d expect, things soon start to get out of hand.
Why Should You See It: This one is certainly not a sure thing, it’s entirely possible it could go badly and not just within the film but there’s some fantastic comedic talent teaming up here and the promise of ridiculous and outlandish behaviour which should be highly entertaining to watch.
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson and Joely Richardson
Plot: A top contractor leaves his job at the NSA knowing that a virtual mountain of data is being collected on the unsuspecting public, deciding to release this information he puts himself in the position of traitor, hero and fugitive.
Why Should You See It: Again another that was already released in the US to positive review, with a heavy hitting director, a real-life story and a potentially fantastic performance from Gordon-Levitt, this should be an interesting watch this December.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16/12)
Directed By: Gareth Edward
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen and Genevieve O’Reilly
Plot: Taking place before the events of the original trilogy, the story of The Rebellion’s efforts to steal the plans to the Death Star.
Why Should You See It: Star Wars fan or not, The Force Awakens opened up the possibility for further additions to the franchise that could be just as satisfying as the originals, curiosity as to whether this one could do the same is reason alone to see it. Though another reason would be for the fact that these are the films that 3D technology was made for, it’s just incredibly entertaining to watch on the big screen.
Directed By: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne
Plot: While travelling on a spacecraft to a distant colony planet, there is a malfunction in the sleep chambers which awakens two passengers, 90 years too early. The two must come to accept spending the rest of their lives on the ship, until they discover that might be shorter than they think.
Why Should You See It: Pratt and Lawrence working together is the reason to see this film, it has a rather unusual and potentially ridiculous plot but the combination of two such energetic and charismatic actors is something that needs to be seen.
02/12: Bleed for This (review: https://filmcarnage.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/review-bleed-for-this/), Chi-Raq, Moana, The Unknown Girl
09/12: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Krisha, The Ardennes, The Birth of a Nation, The Pass
16/12: The Eagle Huntress
30/12: Monster Trucks, Why Him?, Collateral Beauty,