Reviews

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Who in their right mind would spend 150 million on a sequel to Blade Runner, released in 1982? Sequels are notoriously disappointing and we all know it’s impossible to recreate a classic, especially one as experiential as the original Blade Runner. Its legacy makes it a tough act to follow. So, it feels like such an impressive feat […]

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Lists

5 Great Neo-Noir Movies You Must See

Seedy underbellies, anti-heroes, plot twists and moral corruption: you can’t have a film noir without these can you? These highly-stylised crime dramas, which grew out of the 1940s “classic period”, are still alive today, thanks to some creative directors. To clear up any misconceptions, neo-noir is contemporary film noir, with updated themes and content, but […]

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Reviews

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) makes bank robbery look like a walk in the park in The Place Beyond The Pines.  Motorcycle stuntman by trade, violent criminal by nature, Gosling’s Luke is a classic anti-hero: you root for him, but you know you shouldn’t. This tattooed, chain-smoking biker discovers he’s the father of two-year-old Jason, son of […]

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Reviews

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

How do you make an on-screen romance between a man and a blow-up doll interesting? You do it with openness, faith, a touch of comedy and with Ryan Gosling playing the lead. There’s no easy way to explain the plot of Lars and the Real Girl, without sounding like a rambling idiot. I can’t imagine what […]

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Reviews

La La Land (2017) 

After just five minutes into La La Land, I was certain that I was going to hate it. The large ensemble number, titled “Another Day in the Sun” opens the film, with numerous people jumping out of their cars, singing and dancing on a busy L.A freeway. I normally keep my distance from musicals, but I decided to give La […]

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Classic Movies, Reviews

DRIVE (2011)

Everything about Drive is just cool. It’s the film that introduced me to Ryan Gosling and I’ve been a fan ever since. He portrays ‘Driver’, a Hollywood stunt man by day, but a ruthless getaway driver by night. When he steps in to protect next-door neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son, from the gangsters that her […]

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Lists

5 Most Anticipated Films of Fall 2016

Cinema is always home to highly anticipated films, and as we approach the chiller months, there are still plenty to look forward to. Rouge One: A Star Wars Story and Marvel’s Doctor Strange are just two examples of the movies that many of us can’t wait to watch. Here is my rundown of the films I’m most […]

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Lists

5 Essential Movie Anti-Heroes

One of the most important elements of any story is the protagonist. They drive the narrative, we see the world through their eyes, and we regard them as the hero of the tale. However, throughout cinematic history, films have always featured main characters who lack traditional heroic traits. We call this type of character the […]

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Reviews

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Romantic Comedies. I generally try and avoid them, but every now and again a good one comes along. Enter Crazy, Stupid Love… Steve Carell plays Cal Weaver, a middle-aged man who learns that his wife (Julianne Moore), wants a divorce after fifteen years of marriage. Shocked and heart-broken, Carl finds himself alone but eager to meet […]

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