War For The Planet Of The Apes

2017 – USA Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller Words: Christian Abbott ‘The Planet Of The Apes franchise’ has been one of considerable ups and downs. The original back in 1968 was a fascinating deconstruction of society and morality. The hoaky setup was subset by the resolve of the…

Doc/Fest Diary 2017: Part Two

Christian Abbot makes his annual pilgrimage to the world’s finest film festival which just so happens to take place in our great City of Sheffield. Taking in as many documentaries as his mind can handle, Christian provides us with his diary from the weekend. Below are films he managed to see at this year’s festival…

Doc/Fest Diary 2017: Part One

Christian Abbot makes his annual pilgrimage to the world’s finest film festival which just so happens to take place in our great City of Sheffield. Taking in as many documentaries as his mind can handle, Christian provides us with his diary from the weekend. Below are films he managed to see at this year’s festival…

Wonder Woman

2017 – USA Director: Patty Jenkins Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright Words: Christian Abbott The superhero movie is a staple of cinema; it has been now for over a decade. Year after year there is a deluge of films centered around some of our favourite…

Ghost In The Shell

2017 – USA Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano Words: Christian Abbott 22 years after the original film changed the course of modern science-fiction, influencing and inspiring filmmakers who would later go on to make films such as The Matrix, I,Robot, Ex Machina among many others, now we have a Hollywood remake…

Hidden Figures

2016 – USA Director: Theodore Melfi Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Words: Christian Abbott This is another necessary tale untold by Hollywood which is now getting its due. And that is very much the case; this is a story of inherent merit from its important narrative to more than capable filmmaking. Based on…

Silence

2017 – USA, Taiwan, Mexio Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver Words: Christian Abbott It all began in 1966, when Martin Scorsese first read a novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, from which this film is adapted. A story of two Jesuit Priests, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garupe…

Ranking The Star Wars Universe

Words: C. Abbott Star Wars is big business, this much is true and without argument. Last years The Force Awakens brought in a new age for cinema’s biggest franchise – a yearly release schedule. Now, love it or hate it, there is no escape from the empire. We’ll all be bombarded with Star Wars until…

Arrival

2016 – USA Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Words: C. Abbott Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming one of the most consistently brilliant and interesting filmmakers working today. Following the successes of Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario, this could be his best work yet, perfectly capturing the fine art of Hollywood…

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

2016 – USA Director: Werner Herzog Words: C. Abbott Christian attended a special screening of the film with a live broadcast post-film Q+A with director Werner Herzog and British director/ comedian Richard Ayoade, at The Showroom Cinema.  When tackling a Werner Herzog documentary there are at least a few things one should accept: cutting, dry remarks…