Category Archives: Adventure

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson has finally completed his magnum opus with Part Three of The Hobbit. I am surprised that this has received so much critical acclaim, as this last installment managed to spin out the thinnest of plot lines for just shy of two and a half hours and proffers only the shakiest of nods to Tolkein’s […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Katniss Everdeen is back to save the world – but hang on a minute, what’s this? Mockingjay Part 1?  Hollywood’s enslavement to mammon knows no bounds these days, what with Hobbits 1, 2 & 3– talk about sow’s purse from a silk ear  – not to mention the Star Warsindustry, and now this. Husband is extremely annoyed. The pity is […]

Non-Stop

Bill Marks is a chain-smoking, whisky-swigging, down-at-heel guy preparing to board a plane.  Surprisingly he is also an Air Marshall: a man supposed to protect citizens in the wake of 9/11. It’s the misfortune of everyone on this flight that an unknown criminal has enough juice on him to target his vulnerabilities in order to try […]

The Monuments Men

Oh George where art thou? Reunited with co-producer Grant Heslov, fresh from the success of Argo, they lurch from realpolitik thriller territory into war-time adventure. With directorial successes such as Good Night and Good Luckand The Ides of March under his belt, we expect an exciting – yet intellectual, this being Gorgeous George – caper into the Second World […]

The Railway Man

This is the perfect example of a smartass director taking a perfectly good book and prostituting it for Hollywood.

Actually the book on which this ‘true story’ is based is not so much a well-written book as a fascinating and sickening tale of Japanese brutality in the Second World War. I was drawn to it as […]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The only way is up! Looking back on my review for the first film in the series [add link], I see I only gave it one star: I must have been feeling very grumpy. After I had posted that review, I met up with director Iain Softley who praised the film to the hilt and […]

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

Less than a week after having a huge chunk removed form my calf, I am itching for some light entertainment. Flipped between Hunger Games and The Hobbit, and Hobbit won, on the basis that it was a better book than the former and carries so many childhood memories. 

Happily ensconced in the Everyman’s premier seats, complete […]

Gravity

I am no lover of sci fi but due to the buzz about Gravitydecided to try my luck. Also Cuarón is both a versatile and first rate director and producer of many films, including Y Tu Mamá También, Rudo y Cursi,  The Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth(a bit dodgy for me) and, of course, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The good […]

Mud

This week I pay homage to another indie gem that barely made the light of day. Yet again, Singapore Airlines delivers the goods; yet again, I had heard of this movie but failed to catch it on the big screen.

It’s a movie that satisfies emotionally on so many levels: coming-of-age, love, suspense, loyalty, friendship, and […]

Star Trek Into Darkness

I am a glutton for punishment. Only a week after The Great GatsbyI find myself doing sci fi, a genre I dislike intensely, as my regular readers will know. Husband, however, was dead keen so I had to boldly go to explore strange new worlds. One of the only satisfying moments in this film is Captain […]