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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator was born from a nightmare. In 1981, James Cameron was in Italy working on the production of Piranha II: The Spawning (“finest flying killer fish horror/comedy ever made”) and was running a bad fever. That night, in what was no doubt a troubled sleep, he dreamt that a metallic torso was dragging itself away from an explosion holding kitchen knives. Cameron worked on his idea while in Ita...

Annabelle: Creation

Ooh if you like jump scares, then watch out! Oh… you hate jump scares? Yeah, you’d better not watch it then. I’m talking about the new movie, Annabelle: Creation. This is the prequel to Annabelle (2014). It tells the story of how evil gets attached to the doll in the first place. It’s a classic horror tale of a family who loses their child in a tragic accident and who go to...

Dunkirk

Look, straight off the bat, this is another Christopher Nolan slam dunk. He’s one of the most reliable directors out there. When I first heard he was taking on a World War 2 film, I was like, this is guaranteed gold. The twist however is that it’s not a moment of glory, the battle of Dunkirk was a tough loss for the allies. They were forced to retreat from the beaches of France while completely su...

War for the Planet of the Apes

I’m going to call it early: the Planet of the Apes reboot has left the best until last. War for the Planet of the Apes is the best instalment perhaps since the 1968 original, and you don’t need to have seen any of the other films to catch it in the cinema and love it. In the original, it’s obvious the audience is supposed to be firmly on the side of the humans. Charlton Heston memorably hates on t...

Transformers: The Last Knight

You know, it ain’t bad. Back in 2006, I remember seeing the trailer for the first Transformers at the cinema before a screening of Nacho Libre. I went home telling my Mum about it and she gave me a strange look and a patronising “OK…” The following year however, on the way home from the cinema, Mum was raving about how badass it was and I gave a smug “I told you so.” Michael Bay gave us an amazing...

The Trip to Spain

“There better be some Spain in this,” I joke as the lights dim. Which is honestly the only hope I have for this movie. If someone gave me a movie to review and said it was about two fifty-year old guys on a road trip, I think my response would be less than thrilled. But the Spanish thing makes it all okay. Of course, if anyone is at all familiar with this series, you’re probably ...

The Fate of the Furious

I enjoyed this movie. Mind you, I am a Fast and the Furious fan.  I haven’t missed a single movie from the franchise. Although I am not a car guru, I appreciate great car races and action (I have a dad and a younger brother that are car junkies). Being the 8th one in the series, they had to add something bigger and badder – a freakin’ submarine. The movie starts off in Cuba, where Dom (Vin Diesel)...

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Don’t be put off. This isn’t just a film for musicians (although everything about it would probably suggest otherwise). In this documentary, iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma puts together a gregarious ensemble of musicians gathered from the dusty corners of the globe to explore what it means to make music. Initially, you’d think that this would be all right. After all, music is music righ...

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