The presence of Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and original stars Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson gel nicely. The hard boiled characters and narrative are terrific, violent, sexy, extreme, brutal and seductive, but strip away the visuals and creative flourishes and truth is you're left with some rather dull stories.
American filmmaker Josh Evans' new movie Death in the Desert is a classic. I was privileged to get an exclusive preview of this brand new film. The prolonged panoramic and panning landscape shots burn into your mind with the light and the dark and the shadows. The cast and the characters they play are captivating as is the dark and addictive story.
Between them, Inman and Holman set about placing Gilles Peterson and his enduring quest for new Brazilian music at the centre of the narrative, with the veteran musicologist, for the first time, producing an album of music for which his passion is unrivalled.
It's 20 years since I've seen a Luc Bessonfilm as enjoyable as Lucy. The French movie mogul created two of my favourite films in Leon and Nikita, but in the years since then his output has been erratic to say the least.
It's a character driven thriller without a lot of dialogue, the tension quietly builds up, Jeff Grace's music score is perfect and Christopher Blauvelt's cinematography perfectly captures night moves as you're led to the inevitable question, 'what or who will bring them down?'
Richard Attenborough's perfomance in 10 Rillington Place was so triumphantly, shockingly convincing that those who see it must surely recognise his total commitment to this story. His initial reluctance to inhabit the role was tempered by the passion he felt for the film's message, declaring it "a most devastating statement on capital punishment"
Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.
Why is Hollywood fixated on turning everything from the childhood of twenty and thirty somethings into a movie franchise? Because we love nostalgia! Nobody knows that better than Doug Walker, also known as the Nostalgia Critic, who writes and hosts a web series scrutinising the treasures of our youth with comically brutal honesty.
Fact is, I loved The Godfather when I originally saw it. I loved The Godfather the second time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the third time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the fourth time I saw it...
Watching this film is relaxing, exhilarating, fulfilling and wonderfully nostalgic. You're gently nudged round a full spectrum of emotions, but just as is the case with 'real life', of course different moments will resonate with different people.
With 2014 (over) halfway through, it's time to reflect on the cinematic year thus far. Accredited with numerous triumphs, not to mention a number of emphatic troughs (here's looking at you, Pudsey The Movie), take a look at a list of the 5 top films of the first half of 2014, product of my humble opinion...
Béla Tarr's Sátántangó (1994) is long - it runs 7 hours and 15 minutes with a couple of short intermissions - but it is no longer than any box set series. It is as long as it needs to be, and takes as much time as it should.
Visually, Guardians of the Galaxy is a stunner. Colours positively burst from the screen as if from a Pixar movie. The rather saturated Captain America Winter Soldier is positively bland and lifeless compared to the astonishingly vibrant world brought to life in Guardians.
It's one of those films in which every character has their turn as the stand-up, including the villain. There was only one character I felt should have been done differently. Warning: anyone who hasn't seen The Avengers should skip the next paragraph, for the sake of avoiding spoilers.
It's hard for me to think of Menahem Golan without conjuring up the smell of sea air, the scent of jasmine blossom, and the unmistakable aroma of good old-fashioned bullshit.
At Secret Cinema (formerly Future Cinema) you watch a film, usually in an obscure location, whilst immersing yourself in the film's narrative. Back To The Future is staged on an ambitious scale in a brilliantly realised world: they've actually recreated Hill Valley - the town from the film.