The Death Of Stalin

The Death of Stalin
Director: Armando Lannucci 

Release Date: 20th October 2017
eOne Films

Here we are with the best comic book adaptation of the year. The Death of Stalin is exactly what one could expect from satirist Armando Lannucci, taking pieces of history and showing just what may have been behind those closed doors. Chaos, greed, and maybe just a little more chaos as men in power show their true colours. Shit bags the lot of ’em.
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Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi

Release Date: 27th October 2017
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

The Marvel machine never rests, it probably doesn’t even blink, so here we are with the third film in the ‘Verse this year. Though something is a little different, for it seems director Taika Waititi has been sticking things in the machine. And so in a glorious explosion of neon, synth, and Jeff Goldblum, here we are embracing Ragnarok. It’s a good mess to be in. Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049
Director: Denis Villeneuve

Release Date: 6th October 2017
Sony Pictures Releasing 

Drawn out gaps of time between things is usually a no no, a big one at that. Bands return sounding like tribute acts, and movies return with all that classic atmosphere sucked into a vacuum and dumped into a producer’s waste basket. Blade Runner was a thing 35 years ago, and this is a continuation perhaps no sane cinephile wanted. But sometimes, yes, we just don’t know what it is we want. Sanity is an overrated part of humanity, really.
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The Boy And The Beast

The Boy And The Beast
Director: Mamoru Hosoda 

Release Date: 10th July 2017
Toho

Imagine if in your local city, there was a back alley which led to another world. A spirit world? No. A dimension to our opposite selves? No. A world in which animals are like humans and train in fighting so they can earn the right to be Gods and all that jazz? Ok then, and that’s The Boy and the Beast. Just let it take you in, don’t question what might lie on the other side of those back alleys…

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Get Out

Get Out
Director: Jordan Peele 

Release Date: 17th March  2017
Universal Pictures 

Get Out is one of those rare films that builds and builds through word of mouth to the point that everyone is talking about it. Outside of blockbusters and Oscar winners, most films find a niche and stay there, but a few escape thanks to the surprises on offer. And with Get Out, boy do you get some surprises. With the way the word of this film has spread, you’ve probably already heard about it all, but here goes… Continue reading

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2
Director: Chad Stahelski
Release Date: 17th February 2017
Summit Entertainment 

John Wick was the gun-fu movie that brought Keanu Reeves back into the limelight, so naturally here we are with chapter number 2. After the murder of his dog, plus the murders he commits largely unscathed with the previous torrent of gunfire, what’s left, who’s left, for an actual sequel to pose much of a threat? Answer: Everybody, and their mother.
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T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting 
Director: Danny Boyle 
Release Date: 27th January 2017
TriStar Pictures 

I wasn’t old enough to be in the moment when Trainspotting hit the big screen, though I caught it as a teen, so there is something there. I have vivid memories of that opening scene, Renton plunging himself into the toilet, after tuning into Channel 4 one night, but that wasn’t so long ago. Whatever memories the drug fuelled feature made, twenty years have passed since then, and the hardest drug of them all has been taken by many rushing to see how the gang have been doing. Nostalgia, what a rush.  Continue reading