The return of our feature looking at historical films to disseminate whether they are fact or fiction sees The Last Samurai (2003) come under scrutiny.
Disney’s re-imagining—not remake, as far more was involved in this film than simply translating animated scenes to live-action—of Beauty and the Beast occupies a curious spot in film critics’ hearts and minds. On one hand, it’s very easy to get sucked into the visually appealing, sometimes overwhelming, display Disney has put on and ignore the substance—or lack thereof—in the process. It’s just as easy to try dissecting 2017’s Beauty and the Beast on the basis of it being more shameless shilling on Disney’s part. It is neither perfect cinema nor is it just another cash-grab by everyone’s favorite multi-billionaire animated mouse.
Clique is a new drama written by former Skins writer Jess Brittain, which recently premiered on BBC Three and shows the lives of two first year students at ‘a Scottish university’ (Edinburgh) as they try to fit in with the mysterious elite of university life. However, whilst the premise sounds good the execution is merely an insult to students at the University of Edinburgh.
Recent discussions about Hollywood’s obsession with dragging a film out of the cupboard, dusting it off and re-making it have plagued the internet. It seems Hollywood is at a crossroads: keep re-making films and giving them sequels to make money or take a risk on an original story and see if it becomes something special.
Logan, for my money, is the best film in the X-Men franchise so far, and by quite some margin. It’s surprisingly difficult to describe despite its relative plot simplicity, as on the one hand it’s a superhero movie (obviously, but also it’s kind of not), but it’s also a dark, melodramatic neo-western road movie with some real standout moments and a solid and consistent atmosphere of dread, weathering and hopelessness.
Jokes are never as funny the second time are they? Sure all the ingredients are there to make you laugh, but if you already know what the punchline is, it kills off the expectation, and the laughter ends up forced. It’s kind of the same when yet another film in the same franchise comes out.
As Spring begins and the weather, at least for us here in the Northern Hemisphere, is meant to be improving you may have less time sat indoors with Netflix. However if you weather is not improving then here are some recommendations to help pass the time.
The Blacklist is arguably still a solid title, although as it marches on towards later seasons it has become more convoluted and less beloved by larger audiences. Hoping for its continued success over a gracious bowing out is difficult. Similarly, giving The Blacklist: Redemption a chance as anything other than an attempt at breathing new life into a show on its last legs is quite difficult. For any who wish to play catch-up (which is admirable, but far from envious), there will be spoilers ahead for both The Blacklist and The Blacklist Redemption.
Here is the nominations and breakdown for Actress in a Leading Role.