Saturday, 29 October 2016

Gods of Egypt

Set in a time before history, Egypt is the centre of the world and Gods and men live in harmony. It is a rich, glorious and prosperous place, it’s such perfect place any God would be honoured to rule over it. So, when Osiris (Bryan Brown) hands power to his son, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), his other son, Set (Gerard Butler), allows jealously to overcome him and he reacts by killing his father, blinding his brother and taking the kingdom for himself. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Doctor Strange

Doctor Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is the world’s top Neurosurgeon, capable of performing even the most complex operations. However, he suffers a terrible car accident that destroys the nerves in the hands, meaning that his livelihood is destroyed. Strange hears a strange story about a former paraplegic who regained the ability to walk, this leads Strange to even stranger things in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. In Nepal, Strange finds a society, led by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), that dedicates their lives to protecting the world from the evils of the dark dimension, which former disciple, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), wishes Earth to become part of.

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition: Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

Another Thursday Movie Picks, this week it’s about Epidemic, Pandemic, and Outbreaks. Please check out WanderingThrough the Shelves

Monday, 24 October 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil

The Zander family run a well meaning but emotionally manipulative business where they pretended to contact recently departed loved ones by staging a show (blowing out candles, doors creaking open, the usual). However, when Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) buys an Ouija board it turns out that you can contact the spiritual world as her youngest daughter, Doris (Lulu Wilson), is able to contact the dead. The family use the board to try to contact the father, but something else attaches itself to Doris. When events starting take a more serious turn, they enlist the help of Father Tom (E.T’s Henry Thomas).

Friday, 21 October 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob ‘Jake’ Portman (Asa Butterfield) is a lonely teenager in California whose closest friend is his grandfather, Abe (Terrance Stamp). For years Abe has told Jacob magical stories of his past, all of which feature monstrous beasts and peculiar yet remarkable children. These children are known as Peculiars and reside with Mrs Peregrine (Eva Green) in her home in the Welsh countryside which Abe lived several decades ago.

Monday, 17 October 2016


A few days before I watched Race I was watching a documentary about the Nazi Olympics and pondered a question ‘who is worse FIFA or the IOC?’. It says a lot about the two organizations that I didn’t include the Nazis in that question. Obviously I am being facetious but both organizations have gotten themselves involved in numerous scandals.

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960s John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven (which itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’’s The Seven Samurai), and stars Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, a warrant office and leader of The Magnificent Seven, who agrees to help a town in their fight against Bart Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Sam recruits a group of fighters which include drunken, gambler Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), war veteran Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) and exiled Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Girl on the Train

Based on the Paula Hawkins best selling novel of the same name, Emily Blunt stars as a Rachel, a divorced alcoholic who takes an interest in this seemingly perfect couple who live in a house which Rachel’s commutator train passes everyday. The couple’s tranquility is broken when Rachel spots Megan (Haley Bennett) kissing another guy. Shortly after this, Megan vanishes, and in the morning following Megan’s disappearance Rachel wakes up with a bad gash on her head. blood on her hands and without any memory of the night before. How involved was Rachel in Megan’s disappearance?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Money Monster

Five years after directing The Beaver, Jodie Foster returns to the director’s chair (she did direct two episodes of Orange is the New Black and one episode of House of Cards during this period) with a very topical financial thriller. Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a TV presenter who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, his show is hijacked at gunpoint by a down on his luck and bankrupt viewer, Kyle (Jack O’Connell), who claims that the system is rigged. The show’s director, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), must calm Kyle down in order to save Lee’s life. However, as the hostage crisis goes on it appears that there is something fishy about IBIS’s sudden loss of $800 million dollars.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Christine (2016)

Antonio Campos’s film Christine bears no resemblance to the Stephen King film adaptation, but it is, in its very own way, very much a horrific story. Christine is based on the infamous true story in which 1970s TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) took her own life, live on air with a handgun she smuggled into the news room.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Manchester by the Sea

I got the chance to see the European premiere of Manchester by the Sea, one of the biggest films of 2016. When I mean ‘the chance’ I actually meant I forked out £60 for two tickets to see Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film. Touted as an awards contender, Manchester by the Sea sees Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) return to his home town, Manchester by the Sea, following the death of his brother, Joey (Kyle Chandler) who suffered from a serious heart condition. In returning to his home town, Lee has to deal with his history, including a traumatic past event, his ex-wife (Michelle Williams), and his brother’s son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges).

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #117: Halloween Edition - Witches/Warlocks

As it's October and fast approaching Halloween, a day where kids are allowed to take sweets off strangers, it is time for some scary Thursday Movie Picks. This week it's witches and warlocks, please check out -

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Under the Shadow

Following on from the horror hit (in indie circles at least) of A Girl Walks Home Alone, Under The Shadow uses the success of the aforementioned film to boost itself into becoming one of the most hotly anticipated films among horror fans with positive buzz from Sundance and Frightfest only increasing the anticipation. Set during the latter stages of the Iran-Iraq war, Under the Shadow is about a mother and daughter terrorised by an evil spirit known as a Djinn. After her husband, a doctor, leaves to work in a dangerous military zone and her neighbours leave a war-torn capital Tehran, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) finds herself alone and isolated.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I, Daniel Blake

Geordie Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) has recently suffered a heart attack and his doctors have come to the conclusion that he is unable to work and must apply for out-of-work sickness benefits. However, because his heart attack doesn’t stop him lifting his hands above his head he fails to reach the required points to qualify for benefits and thus is rejected. This leads Daniel is great financial difficulty, but he finds solace in helping single mother Kate (Haley Squires) who has recently moved to the area.