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EIFF 2014 Review: Hyena

EIFF 2014 Review: Hyena

With a gripping opening sequence that suggests a Drive-style neon blur of noir filmmaking set against the backdrop of London’s police detecting, drug dealing and people trafficking, those first few minutes Hyena offers up are probably its best. Its central characters are akin to a British budget version of a strike team a la Shawn Ryan’s The Shield, and...

Book Review: Sentinel

Book Review: Sentinel

Author Josh Winning kicks off his Sentinel trilogy with a gripping first instalment that does a fine job of painting a rich, detailed and involving world for its reader. This work of fiction is vaguely reminiscent of something akin to Harry Potter, yet is far more adult by its nature. Set in Cambridge, the story of a young boy named Nicholas has his life...

Blu-ray Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Blu-ray Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The sequel to the surprisingly great, yet utterly bonkers original picks up a mere 8 minutes after the first ends, with another zany story that is both entertaining and visually alluring, yet non-imaginative in its plotting. Cloudy 2 sees our heroes Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris), Brent (Andy Samberg) and Earl (now voiced by Terry Crews rather than Mr.T)...

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

So there’s been quite a gap between Anchorman and its long-awaited sequel. A decade, in fact, separate the two, yet The Legend Continues brings back pretty much all the key players and supporting cast that made the first such a widespread hit. We’re now in the 80s. Having moved on from the Channel 4 News Team’s success of the 70s, lead anchor...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: The Double

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: The Double

Richard Ayoade follows up his sublime coming-of-age Welsh-set drama Submarine with something contrasting in terms of narrative accessibility at least. The Double may differ in the way it tells a story in the sense that, as with his charming debut, it doesn’t have a logical coherency that will connect with some viewers. Indeed, it’s the sort of...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Don Jon

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut may at first appear to resemble shades of Steve McQueen’s 2011 depiction of sex addiction drama Shame, but the truth is that these two couldn’t be more different. Tonally, at the very least, the severity of Michael Fassbender’s debilitating affliction merely mirrors that of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s spritely,...

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Captain Phillips

57th BFI London Film Festival Review: Captain Phillips

With Tom Hanks spearheading and concluding this year’s incredible London Film Festival — with Saving Mr Banks closing proceedings — the pressure is left with the based-on-true-events tale of Captain Phillip and the incredible story of a Somali pirate hijacking in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, with Paul Greengrass (The Bourne...

Blu-ray review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Collection

Blu-ray review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Collection

Being a child of the 80s I was, inevitably so, into the craze of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, although over here in the UK they were known as Hero Turtles so not to sully our fragile, British minds. I was obsessed to say the least, with a full collection of action figures, collector cards, sticker albums, mugs, colouring books; you name it, I had it. So upon...

Blu-ray review: The Last Stand

Blu-ray review: The Last Stand

For anyone who’s read his recent autobiography entitled Total Recall, you’ll notice instead of highlighting aspects of adultery or failure, the insightful musings inform readers what a shrewd and intelligent business man Arnold Schwarzenegger was and still is today. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was the big man’s last starring role...

Review: Fast & Furious 6

Review: Fast & Furious 6

Anyone who’s ever seen a movie from this seemingly endless franchise will know the exact recipe: half naked women, muscular testosterone-induced petrolheads, frantic shootouts, and very, very fast cars. Once you get your head round the fact that each film simply regurgitates this formula, albeit tweaked, then there’s little else to do other than...