Since Dirty Harry hit the mean streets, we have become accustomed to seeing men of pensionable age save the day again and again in movie theatres. ...
Two films set in South America come from different angles but touch on corruption and brutality in marginalised societies.
A while back, I was asked by a horror fan who had never seen the movie whether it would live up to his expectations. I was about to answer an enthusiastic 'yes' when I paused; all of my experiences of Poltergeist are filtered through having first seen it in my early teens.
Director, Paul Feig, revealed the all-female cast for the new Ghostbusters film. And I practically whooped when I saw the tweet that confirmed his decision. If you missed it; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are to don proton packs and scout for ectoplasm in what will undoubtedly be a hilarious re-make of the original.
An audacious, stylish, hilarious, dazzling and buzzy thrill trip. Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' adapted from Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel bursts with colour and images. Sit back and just go with it. Doc Sportello will do the rest.
The thread tying together all this excitement about the new Ghostbusters is the idea that it's good for old culture to be remade in a more politically and morally acceptable way. But is it? Heaven help anyone who thinks movies should be fun (and that classic movies should be left alone) rather than being turned into fat adverts for sexual equality.
It got me thinking more on his belief of the quantum theory as quoted above and how this knowledge can affect all our lives. Quantum physics informs each observer sees her/his own unique universe literally independently - how powerful is that?
Grease and Grease 2 got equal airplay on our Saturdays and I couldn't understand why one was a success and the other wasn't. I loved them both. But I had an inkling of why when my mother caught them for the first time.
Gun control may even become a taboo subject for A listers, born out of fear of alienating swathes of American movie goers. And so a valuable voice - that of the celebrity - in the battle against the impact of gun violence both in the US and worldwide is in danger of being silenced.
I congratulate the British film industry on The Imitation Game - another outstanding, world-class production... I cannot help but feel disappointed that the Polish contribution to breaking the Enigma code was not more prominently highlighted. Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, three brilliant Polish mathematicians, must be credited with the first breaking of the Enigma codes.
In an age where online video sharing is more and more common, it seems the short film has been given a new lease of life. So it's a shame we don't get to see more bite-sized films on TV and in cinemas.
Just because 'Samantha' has a voice like velvet dipped in chocolate doesn't mean that the phrase '"I can be anywhere and everywhere simultaneously" should be any less terrifying.
Unless you've been offline and haven't watched TV or listened to the radio for the last month and half, you probably know about the ongoing saga surrounding the security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Michael Keaton gives the performance of his life in Birdman, a stunning, surreal, funny, at times savage study of one man's obsession with a Raymond Carver stage play which he's adapted, and is directing and starring in on Broadway.
Ridley Scott, in my opinion, had not made a great film in years, so I didn't hold out much hope for his latest, the biblical saga Exodus: Gods and Kings. However, like 2014's Noah, this huge, visionary epic holds together well and is worth a look on the big screen.
Looking at some of the pictures which didn't make it into my top 10: Dallas Buyers Club, Starred Up (with a terrific lead performance from Jack O'Connell), Wolf of Wall Street, Nightcrawler...I could go on... I realise how good a year it was. Here we go then, my 2014 movie top 10...