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Martin-Scorsese

Martin Scorsese: The Wolf Of Western Cinema

Martin Scorsese’s latest entry into his stellar filmography, The Wolf Of Wall Street, has hit cinemas this month. Before seeing it this Friday, I’ve been re-watching his back catalogue at any given opportunity. Ever since I watched the VHS of Goodfellas, I was hooked on the frantic, overwhelming and lacerating method of storytelling. I can’t think of any other filmmaker that can craft a feature pushing close to the 180 minute needle that barely gives the viewer time to take […]

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The Sopranos. The Greatest TV Series Ever ‘Made’.

Just like the sudden finale of the last episode, James Gandolfini was sadly taken from our lives earlier this year and has since made me think of one thing; “…focus on the little things. Try to remember the times that were good.” It wasn’t until I saw Gandolfini act in something else that I appreciated how gifted an actor he was. I assumed he spoke like Tony, but in reality he seemed to be more like the humble Kevin Finnerty. […]

ArtFX OFFICIEL // Thousandth Street

Blade Runner with a slice of Minority Report…..what’s not to like!?!

Man Of Steel

Man Of Steel [2013]

Why the world needs Superman. Krypton’s greatest son has dropped back into our box offices this weekend with an almighty sonic boom. Zack Snyder is behind the lens, along with Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer on executive producing and writing duties. Whilst the film takes a much more darker and sombre tone to it’s predecessors, what it loses in bravado it certainly makes up for in scale. Right from the very moment to opening titles dissolve we are thrown […]

Trance 2013

Trance [2013]

How does a man top the feat of masterminding of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony? Not easily. That’s why I feel critics have been too harsh on Danny Boyle’s lastest feature film, Trance. Hype can be a dangerous thing if it spirals out of control, especially if you’re Britain’s golden boy and all eyes are on your next move. However, I like to go into a Danny Boyle film with a casual feeling and, I hate to say it, not expecting much. I […]

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A Good Day To Die Hard [2013]

Die Hard has returned with a fifth installment  and this time McClane gets entangled up in a terrorist plot whilst tracking down his estranged son in Moscow. A Good Day To Die Hard is not a good film, even as a standalone action film (that was painful to say). Director John Moore and screenwriter Skip Woods have turned John McClane into a cranky, 2D, “I told you so” character, and completely left out the wise-cracking and quick thinking blue-collared hero elements […]

Django Unchained

Django Unchained & The Tarantino Universe

Quentin Tarantino returns with a “Southern” take on the Western genre with Django Unchained. Following on from the successful Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino re-teams with the charismatic Christoph Waltz, who plays bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Under the guise of weary travelling dentist he tracks down the currently enslaved Django, played by Jamie Foxx, who can help him identify his next bounty. The two of them then set off to hunt down the Brittle brothers, and along the way discover Django’s goal to free his enslaved […]

The Town

There Needs To Be More Films Like….The Town

Hopefully this will become more of a regular category on my blog, as I currently write more about new releases than those in retrospect. The Town, adapted from the novel Prince Of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, went on general release in 2010 and was directed by and starred Ben Affleck. Set in Charlestown, Boston (a blue-collared neighbourhood that claims to have produced more bank and armoured car robbers than anywhere in the world) it focuses on Doug MacRay (Affleck) and […]

Skyfall (Shanghai Bar)

Skyfall [2012]

Skyfall, Bond’s 23rd Eon film and 50th anniversary outing, delivers on all levels. This is a Bond film, but not a Bond film, if you get my meaning? It’s still a part of the stripped back feel of the series since Casino Royale but certain key elements, such as the humour, are brought back very carefully. This is a personal Bond film. Without giving too much away, there’s no plot for world domination. Javier Bardem’s sinister villain Silva is out for […]

My Favourite James Bond Film: Casino Royale

The James Bond films are a part of any boy’s life growing up. For me, I grew up in the Pierce Brosnan era and Goldeneye was the first 007 film I watched. It wasn’t until Tomorrow Never Dies, my first cinema experience of the MI6 agent (which I had to sneak in to, as I was underage at 11!), that I started to realise the cultural importance of Bond. Every screening is full to the brim of every age group, […]