The director's preternatural versatility is often overlooked, and Lincoln is perhaps his most intelligent piece of filmmaking to date. It is a master class in restraint, pacing and tone, painting a rich cinematic portrait of a true American hero that is neither jingoistic, sentimental or sensationalist.
It's clear from the off that this film has its tongue firmly in its cheek, and it is fully aware of how absurd it is. However, self-awareness isn't a license for producing something as utterly stupid and witless as The Last Stand.
Long before the first female Oscar-winning director was anywhere near shouting "action", it was clear Kathyn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty was going to be one of those films that set fire to the torch paper of ever-strong feeling about America's position on the global moral maze, and thus it has proved.
The Sessions attempts to be a comedy of sorts instead of a drama and ultimately is just a very bland film, which at times leaves you feeling as emotionally detached as the awkward sexual scenes
Frustratingly directed and far too long Les Miserables represents a bold, loud but horribly flawed musical theatre-to-film adaptation.
Well Paula 'I can't trust anyone ever again' Hamilton donned her best John McCririck finest and juttered out of the house, to a chorus of 'who are ya.' Let's be honest here; the woman was clearly on the edge before she slid down to the basement, as I have witnessed her arguing with herself and performing the most erratic karate known to man
The story is refreshingly uncluttered, and the screenplay is packed full of great one liners, machismo grandstanding but also has a coarseness that reflects the unpalatable agendas of his antagonists. Tarantino is also on top of his game with the pen.
Released four years earlier, Ealing's first colour film is an unabashed celebration of post-war optimism, community spirit, the glories of rural England, and the romance of the railways.
Spike Lee is no stranger to getting all up in Quentin Tarantino's business. He's berated Tarantino before for his use of the word 'n****r' in Jackie Brown, asking the question "What does he want to be made - an honorary black man?" as though skin colour is some kind of gentleman's club.
Tarantino has proved he's not afraid to take risks, or push the boundaries when demonstrating his artistry. In Django Unchained, Tarantino has undeniable created a vehicle to indulge in wild fantasy to such an excess, that he may need a stint in rehab to recover.
Spike Lee has always been a very honest filmmaker and his art of storytelling never seems to be comprised. From the outset Red Hook Summer has a feeling of realism.
Another remarkable thing about Scandal is its black female middle class protagonist. In light of the more culturally diverse UK according to the recent census, it left me wondering, whether this could ever be the case for a British drama?
With its morbid subject matter and a haunting guitar theme by Narciso Yepes, I was worried that Forbidden Games might be a grim watch. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are few tales as heart-warmingly, iconically festive as the traditional story of a lonely young boy who builds a snowman in his back garden, only for it to come to life and lead him on an exciting adventure... to destroy humanity.
There's one thing that really gets my horned goat in this grand scheme of things. REALITY TV! Please, don't get your head turned in an Exorcist style and think it's the way to fame and fortune, kiddies! Believe me. I might be a rock star, all glitter, fake blood, make-up and theatrics (with awesome rock anthems of course) but you've no idea the hard graft and craft that's gone into my career. The problem is with wanting to be a reality TV star, you're only famous for a little while. You can't live on that fame forever.
What the hell's going on? Is Bond working for Silva? Because if he is, he couldn't have done a worse job of protecting poor M. Who'd've thunk that a private army equipped with state-of-the-art helicopters and weaponry could get the better of one MI6 agent and two pensioners?