The irony about Hitchcock is that it is a movie so unlike how its subject, Alfred Hitchcock, would make. That isn’t to say this is a bad movie but more that it doesn’t do anything extraordinary in its retelling of … Continue reading Hitchcock (2012) Review
This post was originally posted on July 28th 2013 The best sequels follow characters rather than events. That is why superhero sequels are very easy and successful while sequels to films like The Hangover will always struggle. The Hangover was … Continue reading Pixar Month: Monsters University (2013) Review (A Re-Post)
We’re Back! Officially a soft-reboot of the Views from the Sofa podcast we have great content for returning fans and brand new listeners alike. It all begins with a new co-host and slightly tweaked structure but we will still be … Continue reading Fast and Furious Month: The Views from the Sofa Podcast returns!!!
There are some films that will never be Oscar nominees. Anything by Marvel studios will struggle to get a nomination (unless it is in one of the digital effects categories), as will most comedies. There are a few types of films … Continue reading Oscar Month: Films that didn’t get Oscar nominated… but were trying to
In 2008, Liam Neeson took on the role of Bryan Mills, as well as the terrorists that kidnapped his daughter, in the movie Taken. It was a hard-nosed action thriller that put the then 55 year old veteran actor in the … Continue reading Analysing the Taken effect
The best sequels follow characters rather than events. That is why superhero sequels are very easy and successful while sequels to films like The Hangover will always struggle. The Hangover was a novel events driven story. It had funny, likable … Continue reading Monsters University (2013) Review
When an actor, even a brilliant one, decides to do a biopic and play a popular or recognisable person, the performance, though incredible, is often more of a caricature than a fair or accurate representation. This was put bluntly by David Frost when someone asked him to assess Michael Sheen’s version of himself in Frost/Nixon; “He’s not playing me, he’s playing a version of me.” Sometimes though, an actor or actress can embody the person they are playing to the point where you forget which actor it is you are watching. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady is a perfect … Continue reading The Queen (2006) Re-View
It’s a risky move casting a stand-up comedian in a film role because ultimately, they will play themselves and that only appeals to some of the audience. These decisions are usually made because it’s a great way to cash in on the growing or already huge fan base of a particular comedian and the first few roles are just that comedian being himself in a specific story. Comedians can then become great comedic or even dramatic actors. The first few Eddie Murphy films were just Eddie Murphy being Eddie Murphy but soon he managed to make films that were less reflective … Continue reading Arthur (2011) Review