A child-hacker goes back to his old ways when he turns 18, falling in with a rag tag bunch of cyber criminals. When they are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, he must help get them off the hook.
Set in the days around the death of Willie Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln who died aged 11 while his father was in office. The novel mostly takes place in ‘the bardo’ - a place somewhere between life and death. It’s an ambitious work of magical realism combining cited historical facts with fiction.
A candid set of “Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” - this is the book that thrust Anthony Bourdain into the public eye, and understandably so. His prose is so vivid, he writes in such a lucid way - it’s like he’s sat right next to you.
The 15th law of filmmaking states: When making a biopic about an iconic, genre-bending, legendary act like Queen, you want Hollywood’s most boring director at the helm. It’s important that a band most well known for its originality and unpredictability should be represented in the most formulaic and pedestrian way possible.
Brad Pitt goes back to comedy after his very funny turn in Burn After Reading, this time playing a war-hungry general sent to Afghanistan in 2009 to ‘get it done’. Also, this time he’s not as funny.
For whatever reason I find myself compelled to try to understand why Hollywood keeps trying to shove Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in our faces. This time they’ve got him trying to save his family from a burning skyscraper.
The memoirs of a fictional doctor, Sinuhe, who lived in ancient Egypt and witnessed the civilisation at its peak along with its decline following the death of Amenhotep III.
A former high-school nerd (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) reconnects with the school cool-guy (Kevin Hart), but after 20 years guess what? Dwayne is super buff and Kevin is an accountant! Oh my how the tables have turned. Turns out Dwayne is a CIA agent being framed for a crime he did or didn’t do and he ropes Kevin into the story to leverage his accounting skills.
Much like Rogue One, Solo serves to flesh out the otherwise quite empty Star Wars universe. Unlike Rogue One, which takes a former plot hole and turns it into a compelling story, Solo feels like a bit of a cash grab.
A musical biopic of P.T. Barnum, the American showman known for his circus.
A brilliant little run and gun shooter that is even better when played in local co-op mode. The characters you control are parodies of action movie heroes (copyright be damned), the only catch being that you do you not get to choose who you play as. When you die, you respawn as a different character.
It’s the International Day Against DRM aka the ‘what is this nerd on about now?’ day. DRM, or ‘Digital Rights Management’ is the bullshit that tries to stop you doing what you want with stuff you paid for.
If you are using Facebook pages to get information on businesses, be aware that the number of people who ‘recommend’ it also includes people who have done the exact opposite.
The story of Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant from Barry Lyndon to Kubrick’s death. Vitali got to know Kubrick having starred in Barry Lyndon, and became so interested in his work that he decided to ditch a very promising acting career in order to work with the director.
A group of scientists go into a cordoned off zone on the US coast that has been showing signs of mysterious activity. Previous teams going in have not returned, including the husband of one of the scientists (Natalie Portman).
A chef (Jon Favreau) loses his temper with a critic on Twitter and loses his job as a result. He takes to the road in a food truck to try and re-kindle his passion for cooking and try to build a relationship with his son.
Still the joyless snooze-fest it was two years ago. The dictionary definition of a pointless remake.
A gruesome murderer is on the loose in Norway, leaving only a snowman as a calling card. There’s only one man out there who can catch him - Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender). However, he’s a loner drunk and has to fight his own demons before he can fight crime. Hang on though, he’s been given a perky new sidekick who might just inspire him (Rebecca Ferguson) and oh god this is every cheap crime novel ever made isn’t it?
A young witch moves to a new town to find love. She cooks up potions to draw men in but they always get too attached, ultimately leading to their death.
Such a great screenplay, wonderfully executed. Just like a submarine must tread carefully through the ocean, McTiernan efficiently steers the audience around the twists and turns of the story without ever letting up on the tension.
Beats, Samsung, Starbucks, Pandora, Mercedes-Benz & Hilton: The Movie.
A young woman (Jessica Chastain) runs a very high-stakes poker game and fights hard to stay above the law, sometimes failing. Molly’s Game goes over the origins of the game along with the litigation that follows.
I attended a screening of Gladiator at the Royal Albert Hall, with a live orchestra providing Hans Zimmer’s score. Singer and co-composer Lisa Gerrard was on stage providing her signature vocals.
Holds up quite well to a second viewing, which I wasn’t really expecting. Coco isn’t a particularly complicated film by Pixar standards but the themes of family, memory and tradition are weighty enough to make the ending have a real impact.
New York Times film critic A. O. Scott explains, defends and discusses the oft-maligned practice of criticism in its various forms.
After the dreary and pseudo-artsy Red Sparrow I wanted to go back to a female led spy thriller that is actually quite good.
A Russian ballet dancer (Jennifer Lawrence) gets recruited by an intelligence agency to get the name of a mole off a CIA spy (Joel Edgerton). She goes through a special training school where they teach people to seduce others for information.