REVIEW: Two Night Stand.

Two Night StandRating: 2/5.

As a society, it seems like we’re somewhat obsessed with sex. It’s become so ingrained in the media we consume, that it’s become somewhat of an overused subject matter in terms of film and television. And so while Max Nichols’ film tries to do something edgy and fun with it,  Two Night Stand unfortunately never quite reaches its potential.

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Trailer Junkie. #2

Somehow, I’ve managed to miss everything related to this film, so I went into this trailer completely blind. From what I gather, it’s a not-quite-Western revenge//redemption story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

It looks absolutely stunning, and the limited dialogue is overlain with a strange mix of score and looped panting from (I assume) DiCaprio, which gives the flashes of gun fights and frozen landscapes a quiet intensity that makes me very excited to see this in cinemas. It’s “limited release” this December practically screams Oscar fodder, with the rest of us able to treat our eyeballs in January of 2016.

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Old school spy stuff + a revamped ’60s TV show + Guy Ritchie = well, something that looks pretty darn fun.

Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger’s Armie Hammer play agents from the US and Russia respectively, forced to team up when “an international criminal organisation with ties to former Nazis” build an atom bomb. Not exactly original material (obviously, the show aired from 1964 to 1968), but the trailer hints at slick direction, cool cinematography (I mean the palette, as well as the slang term) and fun chemistry between its cast members. Let’s hope I don’t eat my words when it’s released on August 14th.

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From new spies, to old favourites… Bond is back!

Now. Here’s where I confess that I haven’t seen many Bond films pre-Casino Royale, but I know what makes a Bond film a Bond film. Wisecracking? Check. Beautiful women (who may-or-may-not be evil)? Check. Nice cars? Check. Gadgets, car chases and exotic locations? Check, check and check. Add in to that, flashes of Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz as a baddie that may-or-may-not be Blofeld, and you have a very exciting trailer indeed.

Spectre is out on November 6th.

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Editing this post a day later to add…

DEADPOOL. WADE WILSON. Finally, it looks as though you will have the film debut you deserve (we shall not speak of Wolverine. Ever.) Ryan Reynolds (reprising the role and hoping to get it right this time) might just be the most perfect of casting for the anti-hero. It looks set for an 18 rating, which is perhaps a risk for Marvel (whose merchanidse litters the kiddies sections in toy shops and clothing stores), but there really isn’t any other way you could properly put a guy like Deadpool on screen. I sincerely hope this isn’t a case of let’s-show-all-the-best-parts-in-the-trailer, but in any event, I have my Valentine’s Day plans for 2016 sorted.

“Daddy needs to express some rage.” Love it.

REVIEW: The Theory of Everything.

TheoryRating: 4/5.

A bumbling, posh meet cute in 60’s England begins the love affair between an arts student and a physicist. This could well be the opening sequence to a run-of-the mill, romantic drama, in which the pair’s differing interests will provide plenty awkward moments and over-dramatic fights. However, when the physicist in question turns out to be Stephen Hawking, it makes things a little more interesting.

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…is this thing on?

*shuffles awkwardly over*

Um. Hi!

I can’t begin to express my sadness over how neglected this little blog has been the past year. I wish I could tell you that I was off on an amazing adventure, and found it difficult to access the internet atop mountainous peaks. But alas, there was no adventure; I’ve just been sitting very comfortably in my own house.

It’s been so long, in fact, that when I came on here to finally review the last in The Hobbit trilogy, I was well and truly stumped.

*hangs head in shame*

Yes. Words, metaphors and nerdy film terminology seemingly abandoned ship, and left me staring at a blinking cursor for nearly an hour. It was a low moment. (Especially since it was THE HOBBIT. I could talk about Peter Jackson’s films until I’m blue in the face! But all I could type at that moment was: ‘It made me cry’. Not exactly a thrilling review, is it?)

But have no fear! I am here, making a commitment to this blog, and have decided that even if I’m simply reviewing my own DVD collection from A-Z for practice, I’m getting back into the swing of this! Because I do genuinely love doing it. And I hope that you enjoy reading them; even if you don’t always agree with my opinions – that’s what makes films fun. Tastes and opinions are personal, and I like getting the chance to share mine in my own little corner of the internet.

So, thank you for sticking around. Let’s make 2015 a productive year!

REVIEW: Dallas Buyers Club.

Dallas

Rating: 4/5.

Contrary to the critical acclaim heaped on since its release, Dallas Buyers Club was a difficult film to make. While the AIDS epidemic is still as big a problem as it was in the 80’s (or maybe more so, with our ever increasing population), it doesn’t get as much sensationalised tabloid inches on a daily basis, meaning DBC sat in limbo for years before someone took a chance. And that someone, was Jean-Marc Vallee, who finally put Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack’s inspiring tale of one man’s fight against AIDS on screen.

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