Friday, October 14, 2016

Inferno

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen

Inferno is the third in the movie franchise of Dan Brown’s thrillers (The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels & Demons) with Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon) again the hero with all to do to save the world. Unlike the previous movies this is very watchable and with a number of interesting heroes and villans. Starting in Florence a compromised Langdon and his nurse, Sienna (Felicity Jones), are forced to flee in a hail of gunfire. Maniac Zobrist (Ben Foster) is planning to unleash a deadly plague designed to solve humanity’s over-population problem by wiping most of it out and our favourite Enigmatologist has to decipher an encrypted Botticelli’s “Map Of Hell to save the world. Interesting travelogue with a few red herrings along the way, the narrative keeps your interest without breaking much sweat.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sully

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart

In 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) was the captain of US Airways 1549 that ditched into the River Hudson after his plane was hit a flock of birds soon after takeoff. The engines were rendered useless and with only minutes to decide what to do, he and his First Officer, Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), safely completed an emergency water landing saving the lives of all on board. The movie deals with the aftermath and the subsequent inquiry by the National Transportation Safety Board investigation. Sully has to justify his actions and explain why he put the plane down on the water instead of on a nearby runway. The riveting drama which follows is crafted from a real-life event with a happy ending, yet it is amazing how much suspense Eastwood and Hanks are able to achieve. This is a feel good movie and the story of a real, humble, All American hero. Worth a watch.

Snowden (Trailer)


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eight Days a week - the Touring Years

Director: Ron Howard

Gear, fab and groovy !! The magical, demystifying, early tour years is both entertaining and informative. Howard has caught the Fab Fout to a T and the ultimate behind the scenes documentary of the Beatles is a must for all fans and those interested in the 60s and teenage culture. Matching lyrics with reality is revealing as the mop tops grow up under relentless scrutiny of the media. Highly recommended and can only be seen (and appreciated) at a cinema theatre near you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eddie The Eagle


Director: Dexter Fletcher

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken (cameo), Keith Allen, Iris Berben, Tim McInnerny

Mild mannered Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), believes he can be a champion and despite all the odds and with the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie the Eagle is an inspiring (based on a true story) which jollies along helped by a good performance from Hugh Jackman. The movie might have made more of 80s music which would have been a perfect match for the climate and climatic nature of the plot. Not exactly the best British comedy but no less enjoyable and full of the usual sporting clich├ęs which makes it prefect for the kids.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot

A film with a production budget similar to the GDP of a small country should have produced sometime a little better than this dismal tale of super bores. Technical wizardry aside the narrative scarcely hangs together, performances are wooden and humourless, and the movie is uncomfortably over long. The best performance comes from cameo appearance of Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, otherwise the arid scrip by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, leaves little to be entertained by. Altogether the worst movie I have seen this year.



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lady in the van


Director: Nicholas Hytner

Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Jim Broadbent

Based on actual events Alan Bennet (Alex Jennings) actor, writer and human observer allows a homeless woman, Miss Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith) to spend 15 years living in a battered and unsanitary old van parked in his suburban London driveway. The cantankerous, bossy, manipulative, and secretive, old itinerant makes his life difficult as he wrestles with his aging mother and his own ineptitude. Their relationship and unfolding events inspired the writer to compose a short memoir in 1989. Then a decade later a West End play, followed by a radio adaptation, and eventually this film. Fabulous portrayal of Bennet by Alex Jennings is matched by a par excellent performance of Margaret (or is it Mary?) Shepherd by Dame Maggie Smith. Full supporting cast of UKs cream of character actors led by Frances de la Tour and Roger Allam make this mystery comedy/drama a most enjoyable watch.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spotlight


Director: Thomas McCarthy

Micheal Keaton, Mark Ruffulo, John Slattery, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber,Stanley Tucci

Based on a true story of the widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston, this is a stunning drama in the same mould as All the President's Men. Excellent performances throughout with Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in top form. Must see movie in 2016.