One of my favorite sequels of all time is Machete Kills. By no means is it an award winning masterpiece or even in my top ten films - but as a sequel, it really hits the nail on the head.
I like to think that a good film is one that sits with you once you've left the theatre. Either because your brain is struggling to comprehend what the Matrix is; you're blown away at how an animated character could make you feel emotions; or because you've learnt something new, something that changes the way you now think about the world. Whether this is about a country, a culture, or simply the most well known Prime Minster to lead England.
So this week I went to go see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (I'm just going to refer to it as Three Billboards from now on), and I came away from it with the familiar feeling that watching Dunkirk gave me. Now don't get me wrong, both of these films are very good, excellent in fact. They're thought provoking and very clever in their own ways but I'm not sure I'd ever feel the need to watch them again.
It is commonly known that some people can feel the pinch of Christmas upon their wallets during January. The pinch of the festive spirit stealing of your money that is! Not wanting to stand out from the crowd, I too was visited by the festive spirit. Seeing as going out was a no-go, it was with due haste that I got round to watching the limited edition version of Serenity that I purchased months ago.
So this week I went with my Mum to go watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (the amount of people saying they've seen Jumanji - as in the original one - at the cinema on Facebook is weirdly infuriating...) and you know what, it was a lot of fun!
Now there appears to be a bit of an uproar about this film which I gather revolves around the creative choices made around the development of certain characters as well as the inclusion and exclusion of plot twists, both those that are resolved and those that aren't.
So unless you're emotionally frozen or your hard ass scale is equivalent to Aliens' Sgt Apone, then you've probably got a bit teary, shocked, scared, or laughed uncontrollably at the cinema.
Justice League is out, "Huzzah!!" but like the majority of its predecessors in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) it's not reviewed very well, "Who'd have thunk it..." but is being bad, actually a bad thing?
Nine years on from the 2008 release of Iron Man and Marvel Studio's dominance over the blockbuster market isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
So I had Blade Runner 2049 spoilt for me. Twice. Each time about a different aspect of the film. Now I won't repeat the spoilt (or any) plot points here, but in an interesting twist on my blog the other week - about film studios revealing spoilers about their up-and-coming releases - this film's producers …