by Jo Johnstone
What a teasing opener this film had;
A gritty prison in the deep Australian heat. Thugs and villains line the walls. We await to see the films leading anti hero. We wait to hear him speak. We hope Ewan McGregor doesn't do an Australian accent. He doesn't. Phew.
We all know that McGregor is a talented man. But the distance from Scottish to Australian is a hell of a jump. For Son of a Gun, the new crime thriller, the actor retains his rugged Scottish tones to portray Australia's public enemy number one.
by Aly Lalji
In the space of 18 years, Paul Thomas Anderson has become one of the most respected and valued film-makers working today and, despite having only six films under his belt, his work is often counted amongst the best being made right now. From my own personal perspective, Anderson’s second film, 1997’s Boogie Nights, has been a firm favourite, easily counting as one of my top three films of all time, and has become a major influence in my own ambitions. As such, to get the chance to see his newest film, Inherent Vice, ahead of general release is the kind of opportunity a PTA fan positively leaps at. However, it is with the understandable hesitancy of a PTA fan that it seems Inherent Vice isn’t quite up to the director’s usual standards.
by Cookie N Screen
Twelve Monkeys is one of Terry Gilliam's most iconic and famous movies. Solidifying him as cult and surreal director, Twelve Monkeys depicted a dystopian future in which Bruce Willis, a convict, must jump through time in order to save the world from being ravaged by disease.
With an iconic performance by batshit insane Brad Pitt (his character that is) and some truly vivid imagery, Twelve Monkeys is a wholly original movie with a wonderful ending that is shocking and sad, sparking it's very own television series for Syfy
by Cookie N Screen
Being part of a geeky website such as this means that we love any kind of anthropomorphic electronic machine that we tend to call robots. The ideas of consciousness, humanity and warfare all collide when we are faced with machines. This year alone Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator Genisys, Big Hero 6 and today’s release Ex_Machina are just a handful of films that are dealing with some sort of robotic storyline this year. So we’ve bumped our metallic heads together, input some data, computed the numbers a little bit and the end result is this beeping wonderful set of robots, androids and everything in-between.
by Cookie N Screen
There are only so many actors who could make you sit up and go, “Oh my goodness, who is this guy?” That handful is often whittled down after they then go on to do a handful of travesties and then disappear without a trace after one Oscar win or nomination. Not Oscar Isaac. Not this guy. He is one of those actors who whiffs of critical acclaim and statuette polish (I should know, I’ve waited for a lift with him). While choosing to ignore The Academy for not acknowledging his performances this year, whenever you see his films, you know that gold is in his future.
With Ex_Machina, out today, and J.C Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, out later this week, alone, Oscar Isaac is the man of the moment and will continue to be so with fervent success.
by Gloria Daniels-Moss
“Oxfords, not Brogues!”
Forget about Alex Pettyfer in Stormbreaker and please for goodness sake forget about Spy Kids, and welcome in new agent straight from the tailor shop Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin. Its 1997, somewhere in the Middle East, as Dire Straits, ‘Money For Nothing’ blasts over the scene we observe three men trying to extract information from a terrorist. Comic book lover Matthew Vaughn’s latest feature, Kingsmen: The Secret Service immediately oozes coolness. What quickly emerges is a tactically paced action-adventure that successfully puts the fun back into the spy genre.
by Matthew Howe
I have a confession to make. I hate independent cinema.
And this is coming from a guy who cut his teeth in that world, who was part of that world, who knew (back in the 1990s) a lot of major players in that world. (In fact the first movie I tried to make was a co-production with Nick Gomez who went on to write and direct the breakout hit Laws of Gravity, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise drab 1990s indie landscape.)
by Liam McMillen
Among the great and powerful films of African-American struggles, depicting events from slavery to civil rights, stands Selma, confident in its stride towards giving the people of today a look inside what men and women faced during that time. As films like Lee Daniels' The Butler, Lincoln, and 12 Years A Slave take these conflicts and shed light on their indecent horrors, Selma yearns to do the same, as it focuses on not only the man at the front lines, but also the frightened yet inspired citizens who fight, with or without violence, towards their life goals. A fan of films of this nature, depicting the true lives of men and women who tackle their conflicts in the very real world, Selma was a harrowing delight to my eyes. Spilling out immense emotion and power at every turn, from King's many preaches to the shocking acts of violence thrown into the streets of Selma, this film is among the many films I will never forget.
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