The Big Short

2015 – USA Director – Adam McKay Adapted from the book – ‘The Big Short’ by Michael Lewis Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt Words: J. Wood The financial crash of 2008 has provided material for a number of interesting films over the past few years and this is another, telling the…

2016 BAFTA and Oscars in review

We’ve rounded-up our look at films from the past year that have made the shortlist to pick up awards this season – click on the film title to see our review. Spotlight Oscar Winner: Best Picture Original Screenplay BAFTA Film Award Winner: Original Screenplay The Revenant Oscar Winner: Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio Best Director…

The Hateful Eight

2015/ USA Director: Quention Tarantino Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Channing Tatum Words: J. Senior The Hateful Eight, which if you ignore the fact that Quentin Tarantino has actually directed nine separate movies (I assume he counts Kill Bill as one…), is the…

Joy

2015/ USA Director: David O. Russell Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Words: J. Wood The partnership of David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence continues to bear fruit but of the three films they, alongside Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, have made together, this one is the most inconsequential.  Why this is the case is…

Best of 2015

A great year for cinema, this is our selection of the best films released in the UK in the year that was 2015 Sicario Slow West 45 Years Song Of The Sea Housebound It Follows The Look Of Silence The Walk Whiplash you can view our free-to-read online publication giving you reviews of each via…

The Danish Girl

2015/ UK, Germany, USA Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard Words: R. Topham A much anticipated biopic about the life of Lili Elbe, an early twentieth century transgender woman and one of the first to attempt gender reassignment surgery, The Danish Girl details a poignant journey through the social construction of gender norms,…

Carol

2015/ USA Director: Todd Haynes Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Words: R. Topham I saw ‘starring Cate Blanchett’ and was sold immediately. But labelling Carol Aird the ‘role of her career’ seemed somewhat of a grand statement following her unbelievable performance as the lead in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. More than ten years after the…

Bridge Of Spies

2015/ USA, India, Germany Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda Words: R. Topham Let’s be honest, the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster drama didn’t sell Bridge of Spies to be any more than another archetypal high-budget production praising the American intelligence and bravery. Tom Hanks can barely hold back a smarmy smirk when…

Steve Jobs

2015/ USA Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen Words: J. Wood “It’s as if five minutes before every launch everyone goes to a bar, gets drunk and tells me what they really think” The above quote, coming midway through the final act of Aaron Sorkin’s stage like biopic of Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs,…

The Lobster

2015/ Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly Words: C. Abbott The Lobster is one of those rare films that upon research will only provide more questions surrounding it. Whenever you describe the basic plot to someone their reaction will be that of “…right”. This is what defines the film;…