Film Review: Limitless

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It amazes me that Limitless seems to have slipped from the main stream conscious quite as much as it has, especially considering it stars Bradley Cooper in the lead role. An actor who it appears, Hollywood cannot do enough to keep firmly lit by an ever brightening light. But disappear it has, and I don’t actually think it deserves this fate.

I will fully accept that it’s never going to live on as a piece of cinematic royalty. Or even dine at the same table. Mainly because it has a plot full of holes and for large parts is shallow in explanation and unquestioning in its glossing over of obvious issues in the feasibility of its story. But I can forgive it because it’s not a movie designed to portray real life. It is unrealistic because it is simply a film that pads out two ideological dreams. It expands “I wonder…” and “I wish…”. Read more

Film Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

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I can still remember clearly in my mind the first time I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything about it just screamed stay away to me. Firstly it wasn’t a comic book I was aware of, and so felt more like an invention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an extension created purely as a cash cow, rather than a story rooted in history. And secondly, I just didn’t find the apparent immaturity and sense of spoof, basic humour the trailer seemed to hint at appealing. Convinced primary by the sight of a grown man unwinding his middle finger in silly defiance.

So I ignored it at the cinema, even when the reviews started to claim it was good. I ignored it when other trailers appeared showing that it had a greater depth than visual gags and one line retorts and I ignored it even when all the film magazines started falling over themselves to suggest it was a must own DVD. But then of course, it’s Christmas and if you’ve managed 12 months without upsetting Santa, why not ask for it and see if the big man will be so kind? Read more