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.
Like cinema? Hate GOING to the cinema? Me too. Here's a round up of this month's summer blockbusters, all of which previewed in my mind this week without me having to leave the house. Incidentally, if you want tickets to the cinema in my mind, I warn you it involves a dark journey into a stormcloud of the imagination...
Tenzing Rigdol, a 32-year-old Tibetan artist living in New York, came up with the idea for the soil project as a way to pay tribute to his father who had hoped to return to his homeland of Tibet before he died.
After To Die For, I was ready to believe I could never again be so lucky. Then Jason Reitman - director of Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You for Smoking and Young Adult - called to tell me he loved my novel, Labor Day, and wanted to adapt it for the screen. I loved Jason's films, and said yes.
A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy. The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while Zoe Saldana as sexy as ever as the green skinned Gamora.
Filming for Boyhood began when Coltrane was just six years old and ended by the time he turned 18. Because of this, it's is an exceptionally unique observation of adolescence and the stresses and strains that we face growing up.
As 'Drax the Destroyer' in Marvel's new epic picture Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista plays an integral part of the team that does battle to save the universe... Batista, In the UK to promote the film, sat down with the Royal Ramblings team to answer some of our questions about the film and wrestling.
My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?
If there were a competition for false advertising, the much-talked-about trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie would walk away with first prize... If we move from the trailer to the book, the sex isn't so much hot as violent and dehumanizing. Christian has a thing for what is generally called sadomasochism in the popular press, but in the book what we see is pure sadism carried out by a sophisticated predator who knows how to groom vulnerable girls. The most likely real-world ending of Fifty Shades of Grey is fifty shades of black and blue.
Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige claims that Guardians if the Galaxy, based on a little-known comic book is the biggest gamble he's taken with a film since Iron Man. He's right. Fortunately like the studios first film, it gets it just right.
Made on a modest budget on a small set in East Yorkshire, enhanced with the aid of stylish virtual sets, it features a handful of familiar faces from projects such as Waterloo Road and recent Jimmy McGovern drama Common.