Category Archives: Reviews: Film & TV

REVIEW: Sausage Party

I saw Sausage Party on the same day I watched The Secret Life Of Pets (#bigday, I know). I’ll be honest – even though I’d seen a trailer for Sausage Party, I still expected it to be in a similar kind of vein to TSLOP and all those other animated Disney, Pixar et al movies (think Toy Story and Minions) – funny with a twist of sass and some sort of cosy, feel-good moral included for good value.

Oh, the reality. THE REALITY. Continue reading REVIEW: Sausage Party

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REVIEW: Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen

Sherlock Holmes is a complex creation. Continuously in TV and film adaptations, Holmes is shown as living with the ‘consequences’ of the books written by his faithful companion John Watson, mortified by their ‘happily-ever-after’ endings and presumptions, and disconcerted by media portrayals (hello, deerstalker hat).

This new film – directed by Bill Condon – shows Holmes in an entirely new light, unrecognisable from the brilliant detective who has captivated audiences for well over a century. In Mr Holmes, Sherlock is edging towards the end of his life, his brilliant memory dimmed and his inability to fully remember a case he failed to successfully solve years earlier haunting him.  Continue reading REVIEW: Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen

REVIEW: MAN UP, starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg

In a nutshell: Nancy and Jack go on a date by mistake, leading to a night neither of them will forget.

Man Up was great. Funny and fast-moving, it was a love-letter to the British dating scene, in all its toe-clenchingly awkward glory. Nancy – a 30-something cynic who hasn’t had a relationship in four years – inadvertently ends up being mistaken by Jack as his blind date for the night. Instead of correcting him, she plays along with it, merrily pretending to be the 24-year-old triathlete City worked his friend has set him up with. Still with me…? Continue reading REVIEW: MAN UP, starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg

FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey

Has Sam Taylor-Johnson’s hotly-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ global best-seller lived up to the hype? 

Hands up who can remember life before the marketing for the Fifty Shades movie began? I have hazy memories of the days before Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson first came tumbling into my life – and now that I’ve finally seen the film, they seem even longer ago. Much like the non-stop chat surrounding the release of the books, the hype surrounding the movie has been relentless. And if we had £1 for every time we’ve been sent a tenuously-linked press release trying to link a necklace/hair dryer/shampoo to the movie, we’d be even richer than Mr Grey himself.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey

REVIEW: Birdman “Profound and unorthodox in equal measure”

Insightful, inventive and delightfully eccentric, Birdman marks a strong return to the big screen for Alejandro González Iñárritu, says Milo Nesbitt

Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor trying desperately to recapture the fame he achieved years earlier – with the role of superhero Birdman – by directing, writing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s novel What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Birdman is now a role he despises and which acts as a constant negative voice inside his head, a permanent devil on his shoulder. It’s perhaps not the most original of premises, but Iñárritu skillfully turns this into a multi-faceted, ambitious story. Continue reading REVIEW: Birdman “Profound and unorthodox in equal measure”

REVIEW: Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum & Steve Carrell

I didn’t think I’d be interested in Foxcatcher – let alone enjoy it. It’s far from my usual go-to movie genre: a dark sporting biopic, focusing on Olympic medal-winning wrestling-superstar brothers, Mark and Dave Schultz, and the tragic – and utterly crazy – turn of events that followed when they were taken under the wing of multi-millionaire, John du Pont.

However – against all the odds, I was hooked: totally and utterly, as was my wrestling-devotee fiancé, who had vaguely heard of the Schultz brothers, who were catapulted to fame long before WWF. Continue reading REVIEW: Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum & Steve Carrell

REVIEW: The Imitation Game

Milo Nesbitt reviews Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbath and Keira Knightley: ‘it’s hard to feel that a great and inspiring figure like Turing doesn’t deserve better’.

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s first English-language feature concerns the work of computer scientist Alan Turing as he broke the German ‘Enigma’ code during the Second World War, and his later arrest and prosecution for “gross indecency” following his admittance of his homosexuality. Continue reading REVIEW: The Imitation Game