The Danish Girl has a timely premise – the story of one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery at a time when it was extremely dangerous and much of society held deep prejudices. By all rights it should make for a compelling and important film, especially in the hands of recent Oscar-winners Tom Hooper (Best Director for The King’s Speech) and Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor for The Theory of Everything).
If Casino Royale was a love story then Quantum of Solace is a revenge flick, showing a ruthless 007 that’s often more Jason Bourne than James Bond.
Piling on the darkness of its predecessors and doubling down on grim depictions of war, The Hunger Games quadrilogy draws to a thudding close in the fitfully entertaining Mockingjay Part 2. (more…)
Bone Tomahawk gets a pass based on Kurt Russell’s epic moustache alone. There’s plenty of other elements that work in this Western/Horror pastiche but between this and Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight, it’s clear that Russell feels at home rocking period-specific facial hair that amplifies his badass bonafides. (more…)
It’s hard to imagine now but the internet was in an uproar when Daniel Craig was cast as the next James Bond over presumptive front runner Clive Owen. At the time a blonde Bond was seen as sacrilege.
Steven Spielberg’s latest begins inauspiciously – a title card on black amidst ambient street noises. And while Bridge of Spies initially seems like a modest movie, it reveals its intent slowly before building to a typically Spielbergian crescendo of emotion. (more…)
James Bond’s latest cinematic outing opens with an unbroken tracking shot through Mexico’s famed Day of The Dead parade, a death’s head 007 weaving through the crowd with lethal menace and purpose. (more…)
Two surfing scenes, an ice palace, dodgy effects and a warbling Madonna all add up to this – Pierce Brosnan’s final Bond film.