Archive for the ‘adventure’ Category

Anthony Lane has a great line in his review of The Amazing Spider-Man which summarises my feelings about the film quite succinctly. He notes a wonderfully fun scene early on in which Parker hasn’t quite perfected his powers yet. In a New York subway carriage that proves to be the cause of some calamitous consequences, a girl’s top […]


This isn’t a review per se. I’ve done that before, and looking back it is strange to feel so distant from my former self of merely 18 months ago. Oddly, I think I got it completely right whilst missing the point entirely. I was right to find it furiously imaginative, and second only to Empire. […]


Ben Kingsley (Georges Méliès), Sacha Baron Cohen (Station Inspector), Asa Butterfield (Hugo Cabret), Chloë Grace Moretz (Isabelle), Ray Winstone (Uncle Claude), Emily Mortimer (Lisette), Jude Law (Hugo’s Father). Screenplay by John Logan. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: U. Running time: 127 minutes. It’s impossible to avoid this, so let’s get it done first and foremost and quickly: just what has happened here? […]


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange). Rating: 12A. Running time: 130 minutes. So the series comes to an end, and it was supposed to be with a bang: an epic, bloody battle […]


[Voices] Phil Harris (Baloo), Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli), Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera). Screenplay by Larry Clemons et al. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Rating: U. Running time: 78 minutes. So, like Guinness, some childhood favourites just don’t travel well. This is a real tragedy. My parents have often teased me about my daily viewings of The Jungle Book as […]


Cary Grant (Roger O. Thornhill), Eva Marie Saint (Eve Kendall). Screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 131 minutes. North by Northwest is absolutely outrageous. It’s cinema at its largest, most marvellous, most emphatic. It’s barely over 2 hours long but feels like it goes on for 4, and you […]


James Franco (Aron Ralston). Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle. Directed by Danny Boyle. Rating: 15. Running time: 94 minutes. Does Danny Boyle take pride in consistently making damn good films out of the most banal cinematic material imaginable? He should do. That’s not to say that the story of Aron Ralston – an […]