The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

🌟🌟🌟 After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent’s mysterious death. Here’s something funny …. I spent yesterday evening watching this film and it was only when I went to rate it on imdb that I realised I […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. This film is such a delight to watch.  I love pretty much everything about it – the A* cast, the mix of […]

Zootopia (2016)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. The film opens with what I can only imagine is an analogy on what human school teachers are constantly trying to preach: bullies are bad, it’s better to live in harmony, […]

Patriots Day (2016)

🌟🌟🌟🌟½ The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. The people behind docudramas always have the unenviable task of making a film engaging and gripping to an audience who already knows the plot and how it’s all going to end. Patriots Day […]

Spotlight: Film Scores

Top 100(ish) Film Score Tracks I can’t tell you how many years I have been wanting to make this post for but every time I sit down to listen to my film score collection, I keep getting distracted halfway through and I lose momentum.  Never mind, here is the epic list, finally. (And yes no […]

Twister (1996)

One Sentence Summary: Sparks fly between two exes as they chase tornadoes across the state.  So do cows. Review: So the interweb tells me it’s not cool to like this film.  Apparently there is no plot and the science is all wrong. I don’t care. There are lots and lots of reasons why this is […]

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

🌟🌟🌟½ One Sentence Summary: Reacher goes on the lam with an Army woman whose voice he liked on the phone. Review: Big fan of the Jack Reacher novels but when you read as many books as I do, it’s hard to remember individual plots so I looked it up on Goodreads and confirmed that I […]

Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2015)

★★★★ One Sentence Summary: A Far East version of Before We Go.  Two people meet and flirt in Far East Asia but the timing is never quite right. Review: If you love Hong Kong or ever always wanted to visit then this is the film for you.  It is almost as if the Hong Kong […]

Mother’s Day (2016)

★★★ One Sentence Summary: A multi-story line romantic comedy about mothers.  Wait that sounds wrong.  It’s not an Oedipus-like incestuous film. Review: I like a good heartwarming comedy. This was not a good heartwarming comedy. It was, at best, a luke-warm, toe-warming, kinda-funny-in-places film. Where I stand on multi-arc romcoms is: Love Actually and The […]

Passengers (2016)

★★★★ One Sentence Summary: Two ridiculously pretty people fall in love on a spaceship hurtling through space and are forced to accept their own mortality.  21st Century equivalent of Titanic except with a luxurious spaceship instead of a luxurious ship and a stray meteor instead of a stray iceberg and Chris & JLaw instead of […]