Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

The end credits sequence is the funniest part of 22 Jump Street. That, in a nutshell, sums up what’s wrong with it – ★★½

Review: Maleficent (2014)

Angelina Jolie’s sharp cheekbones stand in stark contrast to Maleficent‘s inherent limpness, which marks yet another live-action Disney ‘cash-in’ – ★★½

Review: Cheap Thrills (2014)

A schlocky exploitation film with style, substance and a genuine appreciation for its genre, Cheap Thrills is a glorious horror treat – ★★★★

Review: The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

For a film that promises individuality and realism, it’s amazing just how much The Fault in Our Stars conforms to the idealist, sentimental tropes of your typical teenage love story – ★★

Review: Godzilla (2014)

With Godzilla, Gareth Edwards makes a valiant but somewhat unsuccessful attempt to pay homage to the monster’s origins whilst also trying to offer a modern twist on the tale to make it relevant for the 21st Century – ★★★

Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

I can just about cope with the offensiveness, the laziness and Seth MacFarlane’s “acting”. What I can’t tolerate, however, is a film that is as bereft of humour as this so-called “comedy” – ★½

Review: In Secret (2014)

It’s high, hysterical melodrama, sure, but that’s exactly why In Secret just about works – ★★½

Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

With a surprisingly witty screenplay and a central gimmick that never feels overstretched, Edge of Tomorrow is a rare summer blockbuster triumph – ★★★½

Review: Devil’s Knot (2014)

For someone with no foreknowledge of the events it depicts, Devil’s Knot does a decent but unremarkable job of dramatizing a particularly devastating story – ★★★½

Review: Plastic (2014)

Plastic – an apt title for a film practically drowning in its own falseness – comes fully equipped with an unpleasant and often pernicious side order of crude sexism that is fully embraced, enabled and excused by its four leading men – ★½

A Brief Hiatus

I’m going on holiday… ish. Well, not at all actually. Oh, just shush.

Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

With a sequel – the creatively titled 22 Jump Street – due next month, I finally decided to give this cop / buddy comedy a go to see if it lives up to the hype. Guess what? It sort of does – ★★★

Review: Pompeii (2014)

My review of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, a film in which a bunch of BDSM clad men’s attempts to deal with their homoerotic sexual tension are thwarted by an eruption that shoots hot liquid all over the place – ★½

Review: Bad Neighbours (2014)

Seth Rogen, pot, Zac Efron sans shirt, airbags, Lisa Kudrow, a baby dressed as Lisa Kudrow, and Dave Franco’s booty… turns out Bad Neighbours is actually rather… well… good! – ★★★½

The Year So Far

A quick rundown of my top 10 films of 2014 so far, based on UK release dates.

EuroVisions of Cinema – Austria – Benny’s Video (1993) 

To coincide with Eurovision 2014, a selection of Vada film writers got together to choose some of their favourite, lesser known European movies. Here’s a link to my contribution =)

Review: Transcendence (2014)

Transcendence is high-concept sci-fi, albeit without the actual concept – ★★

Review: The Other Woman (2014)

The cinematic equivalent of a so-called “women’s magazine”, the only thing The Other Woman hates more than men is, ironically enough, other women – ★

Review: We Are The Best! (2014)

Lukas Moodyson’s latest effort, We Are the Best!, offers an excellent, heartfelt portrayal of childhood, even though it suffers in its final act from a distinctly anti-individualist adherence to classic “coming-of-age” tropes – ★★★½

Review: Locke (2014)

My ★★★ review of Locke, the new one-location thriller from Steven Knight about a man whose life comes crashing down around him in a single night because of a mistake he made 7 months earlier.

April 2014: A Recap

A quick recap of all the reviews, articles and essays I’ve written this month.

Review: 20 Feet from Stardom (2014)

My ★★★ review of 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary from director Morgan Neville about the backup singers who support some of music’s biggest legends.

Zack Snyder to Direct “Justice League” Movie

A few brief thoughts on the news that Zack Snyder is to direct a Justice League movie and what that might mean for the DC Universe.

Hall of Shame: Fargo (1996)

With the TV adaptation now on our screens, I can no longer excuse this unpardonable gap in my Coen Brothers knowledge so here it is; my shamefully belated review of their critically-acclaimed dark comedy Fargo – ★★★★

In My Opinion, This Article is Overrated…

An article for Vada Magazine in which I appeal to the better nature of people everywhere to stop using the term “overrated”

Review: I, Frankenstein (2014)

No matter how great the source material, nothing can prevent I, Frankenstein from being a serious contender for the title of “worst film of the year”. Here’s my ½★ review.

Top 100 

A link to a list of my constantly evolving “Top 100″ films of all time.

Review: Escape Plan (2013)

My ★★½ review of Escape Plan, the latest post-Expendables collaboration between Arnie and Sly, directed by Mikael Håfström and also starring Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill and, erm, 50 Cent…

Michael Sheen on Movie Music, feat. David Lynch

If you get the chance, make sure you check out this fascinating Radio 2 show, hosted by Michael Sheen and featuring an in-depth interview with David Lynch, on movie music and the masterful director’s eclectic career.

On the Horizon 

A link to a list of some future releases (and some current ones that I haven’t seen yet) that I’m piss-pants excited about watching.