by Jo Johnstone
"Mr Sandman, bring me a dream"...
More like bring me a Nightmare for this month's Movies in Motion. The modern perception of The Sandman legend is a creature that uses sand to bring dreams to sleeping children. Like the character from Rise of the Guardians, he is the protector of children and giver of pleasant fantasies. Yet in director Paul Berry's dark vision of The Sandman, he is a creature to be feared indeed.
by Matthew Howe
Nolan is a great director, no doubt about that. He and his writer brother Jonathan Nolan have made some of the most interesting Hollywood pictures in recent memory, notably Dark Knight and Inception. But twice now, Nolan and Nolan have made what could have been great movies then ruined them with really, really, really silly twists. Twists so mind-boggingly ridiculous they not only stretch credibility, they run credibility through a shredder, burn the remains then piss on the ashes.
Movies have to make sense. That doesn’t mean everything has to be “real” or that you can’t do a fantasy movie. Fantasy films simply need to have internal logic. The writers set up a fantasy world, create the rules for that world, and stick to them.
Warning. Spoilers ahead!
by Hayley Louise Charlesworth
A 1970s B-movie horror film about evil amphibians starring Sam Elliot sounds like everybody’s dream, doesn’t it?
Well, let me introduce you to Frogs, a “Hitchcock-inspired” animal horror that’s full of toads playing frogs, crotchety old wheelchair-bound men shooting snakes of chandeliers, and full denim outfits.
by Cookie N Screen
Have you ever watched a film and it stuck with you long after you first watched it? One that sinks into your skin with striking imagery and a redolent story line? So haunting that every day your mind muses on it, unpicking the strong undercurrent that rushes through it? Yes. There are many films that will change your perception on cinema and the world. But the worst is when you have this great noggin of cinema lodge in your head and two weeks of over film stuff, one missing booklet and a troubled memory – I thought RED by Julia Powney was lost forever. Until I researched the hell out of it.
by Sean Narborough
The Terminator franchise isn’t the only franchise being rebooted in 2015. Next year we’ll be returning to Jurassic Park, but it’s had a bit of makeover. For starters, the fourth instalment is called Jurassic World. In this film, Isla Nublar is now a fully functional theme park called, well, Jurassic World. One of the park’s employees starts conducting behavioural research on the site’s Velociraptors while the park launches a new attraction to bring in new visitors, a genetically modified dinosaur. But, this being a movie, it backfires in a big way when it escapes. While the idea is a little passé, the potential of the story is big. How this story is presented is down to one of two ways, one, it follows past Hollywood films and becomes a clichéd mess, or two, they do something different and fresh to a stale story and kick start the Jurassic Park franchise for a new generation.
by Jo Johnstone
Everyone can relate to a character that wants to kill their boss. That may be one of the reasons why the 2010 black comedy Horrible Bosses was such a hit. When three friends, whose bosses regularly made their lives hell, conspired to kill each other bosses, all hell broke lose. After they horrendously failed, the three are left to their own devises. A sequel was always inevitable but just what happens after you fail to kill your boss.
by Cookie N Screen
I don’t know about you but last year’s Independent Spirit Award was a point of contention for me last year. There is no denying that the features shown were miles away from blockbuster trash that fills our cinemas on a regular basis. However, probably because the heavily produced and championed movies that were puffing their way to statuette glory. The Independent Spirit Awards needed to stay away from the Weinstein gravy boat and swim into the sea of stirring, evocative and more importantly, unique style. And whilst people are lamenting that The Imitation Game or Foxcatcher seems snubbed, remember that there is a stark difference between Independent Spirit and Oscar bait.
by Jennifer Drewett
The Imitation Game is a film not only about Alan Turing’s work during the war but the way in which his achievements were besmirched by his conviction for being gay in 1952 which was responsible for the sequence of events that lead to his suicide in 1954. To say there were issues in the criminal justice system in the 1950s is a massive understatement (not as if it’s flawless in the present day - there are still issues that need sorting!) There was another massive miscarriage of justice in the 1950s that later received a film adaptation: the story of Derek Bentley. The film I’m talking about is the 1991 film Let Him Have It.
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