Archive for the ‘fantasy’ 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. […]


James Stewart (George Bailey), Donna Reed (Mary Hatch), Lionel Barrymore (Henry F. Potter). Screenplay by Francis Goodrich et al. Directed by Frank Capra. Rating: U. Running time: 130 minutes. I’m going to come across as a wannabe-Hitchens here, and I probably am, but in the same way he picked fights with some of the most […]


Owen Wilson (Gil), Rachel McAdams (Inez), Michael Seen (Paul), Carla Bruni (Guide), Kathy Bates (Gertrude Stein), Marion Cotillard (Adriana), Adrien Brody (Salvador Dali). Screenplay by Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. Rating: 12. Running time: 94 minutes. Ever noticed how since Manhattan, Woody Allen seems to feel obliged to begin his films with dull scene […]


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 […]


Tom Hanks (Paul Edgecomb), Michael Clarke Duncan (John Coffey), David Morse (Brutus Howell). Screenplay by Frank Darabont. Directed by Frank Darabont. Rating: 18. Running time: 189 minutes. In my younger days – not of life but of film watching – I would soak The Green Mile up as a masterpiece. Its greatness would be a […]


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape). Screenplay by Steve Kloves. Directed by David Yates. Rating: 12. Running time: 153 minutes. Way closer to what a late Harry Potter film should look like, The Half Blood Prince gives […]