Film Review: Edge Of Tomorrow

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Tom Cruise is doing a good job of creating his own market for pop corn fodder, throw away action movies that actually have a layer of implausible depth to them. They are never going to be timelessly classics, delving heavily into narrative questioning of the greatest philosophies of man; but it’s hard to argue that his filmography is simple just mindless guns, fighting and money making cynicism.

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Cruise gets a hard time purely because his off screen antics taint his on screen reputation. If you spend some time looking through his Curriculum Vitae to date really, it really is littered with a constant flow of simmeringly good films. He knows the genre and style that works for him and he sticks to it. And however much it feels stupidly minoritising to say this, I actually like him as an actor. Read more

Film Review: Arthur & Mike

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Arthur & Mike is very much a case of picking a film on the basis of the trailer and the cast rather than listening, reading or accepting the reviews of critics and public alike. My thought process went like this: trailer doesn’t look too bad, I like Emily Blunt, and while I’m not the biggest fan of Colin Firth, I find him a bit wooden, he doesn’t usually make bad films. However, there is always an exception to the rule and Arthur & Mike is it.

Sadly, I should have listened to the panning reviews that seem to litter the internet before I sat down and watched this. Arthur & Mike is shocking. It’s almost difficult to find a redeeming feature. Part of me doesn’t even know how to start describing to you my feelings and thoughts, simply because there are so many ways into the torrent of problems I have with this film, there is almost too much choice!
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Film Review: Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

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Recently I discovered the potential delights of the Curzon Home Cinema service now available through Freesat and decided that I’d give it a go. So I signed up, added some funds and went searching for a cheap, but potentially good film to act as the proverbial guinea pig. And Salmon Fishing In The Yemen seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

It’s one of those films, that everybody seems to have heard of, conjures up pre viewing images of warmth and happiness from it’s name alone and yet, seems to have passed everybody by. Watching the trailer, my initial reaction was that it was going to be a pleasant, entertaining film. A throw away Sunday night film and I was half expecting to come out the other side so-to-speak, having found a film that is thoroughly enjoyable and yet also instantly forgettable. Read more