In 2015 the ten highest grossing films comprised of eight sequels, four being adaptions from comics, novels and a TV series. More than a couple of the highest grossing films ever made I wouldn't even consider adequate, yet they still perform exceedingly at the box office, but still I question why.
Dementia doesn't stop at UK borders and stigma is still rife in parts of the world. In some countries, people with dementia are locked away or seen as being "mad". I've heard about people losing relationships, jobs and friends because of misconceptions that exist around the condition. I've raged on my sofa at comedy panel shows and TV sitcoms that have reduced a person with dementia to a poorly drawn caricature or the butt of a lazy joke. At the moment, there's not nearly enough awareness around dementia and as a global society we have a duty to change that.
Bridget is my safety blanket. I am more than aware that I shouldn't like Bridget Jones. She's hardly feminist material is she? At university I was studying English Literature and Bridget Jones was not thought to be befitting of a literature student. I should have been reading War and Peace, which I did, but behind closed doors I devoured Bridget.
The Netflix original Stranger Things provides even us 90's and noughties babies who weren't around in the 80's a massive nostalgia trip. This captivating, 8 episode '80s-influenced sci-fi work of art is so binge-worthy most of us watched it within a day. What makes it so nostalgic for 80's kids and even the younger generation is the references of timeless films we most likely grew up watching as children. Here's the Duffer brother's best 5 references.
A meeting with a potential equity investor these days is rarer than the proverbial needle in the haystack. And the first concern of any investor is surely going to be: "What's my downside?" They are also going to wonder why they should give you, say 50K when they can shove that into a new-build apartment here in London, hold for six months and sell for a 30-40% profit.
Pablo Trapero's award winning 'The Clan' is a stylish, suspenseful crime saga with a dark satirical touch that relates the true story of a former member of the Argentinian state intelligence who kidnaps wealthy people, tortures and murders them when the ransom's been paid
Funny? Sure. Dramatic? Nope. War Dogs was brought off the boil too early. It's a film of two halves, and that's never entertaining. Hangover instigator Phillips gives it a shot, but ultimately this is The Big Short with big guns smacked with a little Lord of War egoism for kicks. On the plus side, I like that Philips is investing comedy in this way. Imagine if more comedies were this unique?
This is a story inspired by The Little Prince that keeps faithful to the spirit of the source. Great visuals and a short, surprisingly powerful family comedy-drama - The Little Prince is just sitting online, waiting to be watched. A gem from Netflix.
Another film about superhe-oh, wait, villains? Shame, I think they're still the heroes. How boring. Suicide Squad was rated 15 - it sure doesn't seem it. Not necessarily failing the target audience, but they will recognise missed potential. Tweens would lap up this straightline shit for breakfast. Soundtrack's decent though.
The sheboot caused uproar before it was even released as the trailer became the most disliked video in YouTube's history. Why? Because the leads were women - underlying sexism strikes again! In light of this, I'm going to try something: I'm going to actually give the film a chance and review it like normal human being.
I've been involved in the horror fantasy industry now for over 40 years as an all-round critic, broadcaster, specialist journalist and genre festival programmer and I've never known a time in film history where the disconnect between what the studio system thinks fan boys/girls want and what they actually wish for has been so stark
Sure, DuVernay did manage to intertwine notable women into what could have easily been a male-dominated narrative, but the nuanced appearance of the likes of Diane Nash, Annie Lee Cooper and Amelia Boynton Robinson is simply not enough to positively represent their real life and very important actions of the Civil Rights Movement.
There was so much potential here. The central narrative - finding Dory's parents - was unavoidable. Any scriptwriter, nay, your neighbour or cat would have known this was the right step to take. The filler, however, disinterests me. Marlin and Nemo's subplots are bafflingly simple with no sense of wit or fun.
'Cosmos,' Andrzei Zulawski's first film in 15 years, adapted from Witold Grombowicz's 1965 novel of the same name defies classification but offers an intriguing, bizarre, wonderfully absurd, hilarious, surreal, reference littered and visually gorgeous cinematic feast wrapped in Andrzej Korznski's romantic score - a crazy expressionist cinematic delight.
I have become alarmed by the sexist attitude towards Orlando. I have seen whole newspaper articles dedicated to Orlando's willy. There are wars going on; people being killed, but we all need to know if Orlando's willy is an aubergine or a chipolata - apparently he is an aubergine. The world has gone mad for Orlando's aubergine and that is sexist.
For a child to find their way into education and into learning the basics through play excites me - the idea that education is fun. So a great environment is one that you walk into and respond to based on what you are seeing around you - the colours, the drawings, the way in which children are inspired to do things. When I walk into my son's classroom, for example, it's a hive of creativity, play and fun - as if they are almost of tricking him into learning. He doesn't even know that he is learning when he is. They are very clever about that. That's an environment I find exciting and wish there was more of.