Review: 3 Days to Kill (2014)

If you ever find yourself with a couple of hours to kill, whatever you decide to do, don’t waste them watching 3 Days to Kill – ★½


Review: The Art of the Steal (2014)

The Art of the Steal suffers from familiarity fatigue, though it’s still an enjoyable – albeit forgettable – little romp – ★★½

Review: Begin Again (2014)

Despite its irritatingly pedestrian approach, Begin Again‘s soundtrack and performances make it an enjoyable experience – ★★★

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.