Monday High-5: The Best of Steven Spielberg

Words: J. Wood Ever since I started writing this weekly column I have kept abreast of the upcoming releases to decide upon topics and of course, when I saw that Steven Spielberg was releasing a new film I had to make his filmography a topic but, as this article has loomed, it has become more and…

Monday “High- 007”: The Best of Bond

Words: J. Wood Daniel Craig is advertising vodka, Naomie Harris is advertising mobile phones, and Sam Mendes is set to appear as special guest on a live episode of Kermode and Mayo while TV Talk shows at the minute are full of Craig, Harris, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw.  All this can only mean…

Friday High-5: Set Pieces Amongst The Stars

Words: J. Wood Sir Ridley Scott returns this week with The Martian.  I have already had the chance to see the film version of Andy Weir’s novel which is fantastic, somewhat making up for the last decade and a half of utter clunkers, but for the purposes of this list will not be considered for contention….

Friday High- 5: Take Me To Hollywood!

Words: J. Wood The release of Life this week sees Anton Corbijn, whose best film is still his Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic Control, take a look at James Dean, and his relationship with Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock.  This got me thinking, Hollywood often takes a look at itself, and in fact the last few Oscars…

Friday High-5: Two’s Company

Words: J. Wood Brian Helgeland’s Legend is released this week starring Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray.  Previously the similar looking Kemp brothers were used to play the East London gangsters but finally we get to see the twins played by a single actor.  This got me thinking, what have been the best performances…

Friday High-5: American By Name

Words: J. Wood The Max Landis scripted American Ultra hits British cinemas on Friday and, despite having received at best lukewarm reviews in the states the presence of the ever interesting Jesse Eisenberg is at least a temptation to go and see it.  It has however gotten me thinking, what with the release of this and…

Friday High-5: Zac Efron’s Greatest Hits

Words: J. Wood With the San Fernando Valley set DJ drama We Are Your Friends coming out on this week I take a look at the best performances of its leading man Zac Efron.  Having emerged from the High School Musical franchise, Zac Efron’s efforts to craft a more varied career are often rather sniffily looked upon…

Friday High-5: High School Movies

To coincide with the release of Paper Towns, the Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigne starring adaptation of John Green’s coming of age novel, I take a look at the very best High School set movies.  Although in fairness Paper Towns never really lives up to its brief, far too often embracing irritating indie sentiments in…