Then and Now Month: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Review

(This review was originally published on November 5th 2012) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Re-View The reason that the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels fail to impress is because the original Pirates film should never … Continue reading Then and Now Month: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Review

The Book Thief (2013) Review

The Holocaust is an event that has been covered in many different ways in various movies. It is an event that lends itself to different approaches; consisting of various individuals, pieces and moments that make up the complete picture. That means that we can get a dark, starkly realistic portrayal, like Schindler’s List or a more mystical, fantastical view like that in Life is Beautiful. It can be at the front of the centre of the movie – being the main strand that ties all elements together or be in the background, playing out behind the scenes as another story unravels. … Continue reading The Book Thief (2013) Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Re-View

The reason that the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels fail to impress is because the original Pirates film should never have been successful or even “worked” in the first place. It was a film idea that originated from a theme park ride. It was a film about Pirates, which until this film had come along, were camp, stereotypical and silly. It starred Johnny Depp pretending to be Keith Moon pretending to be a pirate. The film shouldn’t work! Except many of those reasons is why the film does work. Shockingly, Pirates was an original idea. It was based (loosely) on a … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Re-View