In terms of cinematic releases, Avengers: Infinity Wars feels like it’s still ages away. Depending on who you ask, it will be an uphill battle—despite being a star-studded, hero-bloated titan looming, well, madly in the distance—because the last Avengers film, Age of Ultron, was not terribly well-loved (despite James Spader providing his signature, gravel-in-a-blender voice to the titular villain). Civil War also set the bar so high that even a nearly-perfectly executed Infinity Wars could end up practically limbo-ing beneath the standards set by the battle between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America.
There are times when fans are given a treat by the universe in the form of a real, unexpected win. Heath Ledger’s particular take on The Joker, for instance. Not many seemed to expect a great deal from it, and audiences were absolutely blown away by how he morphed into a comics-to-screen portrayal of The Clown Prince of Crime. He was darkly comical, he was frightening, and he was, above all else, undoubtedly The Joker. And fans breathed a sigh of relief before collectively, at least for the most part, celebrating.
Let’s get the apparently obvious out of the way. This film is never going to win an Oscar; and it’ll probably end up getting a clean sweep of this year’s Razzie nominations, but so what. Not every good film has to have a great plot, or be composed of killer drama and actors who seem to bend the very screen to their will.
Mel Gibson’s latest directorial outing, Hacksaw Ridge, is a memorable World War Two biopic of Desmond Doss. Private Doss (as he is during the events of the film, he later became a corporal), was the only conscientious objector to receive America’s Medal of Honor during the War. The film has received six Oscar nominations.
The recent Netflix remake of A Series of Unfortunate Events maintains the sophistication and uniqueness of the original novels, but has some glaring superficial flaws. Despite some excellent supporting characters, beautiful sets, and Neil Patrick Harris at his absolute finest, the Baudelaire children risk ruining the show with their tedious self-righteousness and complete lack of humour. However, the series gently promotes a practical attitude towards life which could well come in handy in 2017. This is without a doubt a children’s tale, but the morals it contains are also relevant to an adult audience.
Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘The Athens of the North’, a city that is world famous for its heritage and, ever since Trainspotting, its lethal cocktail of drugs, alcohol, poverty and failed dreams. Now revisit this cocktail, in a two hour exhibition of how a film sequel should be done.
Fans are scratching their heads… the internet is buzzing with comments… yet all we have to go on is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi which is in fact not really anything at all. But we can begin to imagine what this film will entail and when we will know more.
La La Land is a breath of fresh air to the romantic film genre. It takes a departure from the predictability of Hollywood rom-coms and the worn sequence of will-they-won’t-they between the star-crossed lovers.
During the early 2000s the Bond series was struggling, it was running out of ideas and was seemingly off pace amidst the changing face of intelligence services. Enter Jason Bourne…