A Tarzan review with a difference

I saw Tarzan and this is my review after some wines A blog by Emily   July 8, 2016   So I had wine and I am very tired and so I am a bit tipsy but I saw the Tarzan movie so I thought I’d give my honest review. Excuse typos because you know, wines. Ok so I don’t know what the plot is or who is in it other than Alexander Skarsgard and Alexander Skarsgard’s magnificent holy Read more [...]

‘Taken 2’ possibly one step too far

Taken 2. Having seen Taken 1, I must admit to wondering how they could squeeze much more out of one man's family. But they did. Here are my incidental ramblings, by no means fully formed, about Taken 2. Law of reciprocity, lex talons, prescribes an 'eye for an eye' is the appropriate recompense for a crime committed. The details of which follow: 'Anyone who maims another shall suffer the same Read more [...]

We all have a voice – ‘Olympus has Fallen’

With permission I would like to quote a ‘film review’ by a lesser known (to the world), but extremely prolific social commentator (albeit mostly on Facebook or at The Celtic Towers in Gent, Belgium), my dear friend Geoff Lee. On ‘Olympus has Fallen’ (2013) directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman et al. To key you in to the plot: ‘Disgraced Read more [...]

Lincoln

Who would imagine that a film almost entirely about the political process (the passing, in 1865, of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States) could be quite so gripping and dramatic? It is both of these things and more, though in fairness, it does take a while to get going. We owe this largely to the incomparable performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in the eponymous title role, but Read more [...]

The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s, 'The Master’ was the second film Aliens & Others watched and discussed on Saturday. The association of the subject matter with Scientology attracted a lot of media attention to the film, but we thought the themes of the movie were less about that organization and more about dysfunctional relationships in general. The story follows Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), an isolated, Read more [...]

Thoughts on a multicultural society

This little drama considers what we are really thinking when we come up against people who are different from us. For those of us who live in a multicultural, multiethnic society like London, we have the privilege of diversity. Do you live in a multi-cultural city? It's not meant to be pointing fingers at anyone, so no disparaging remarks please. See what happens in this hilarious take of COLLIDING Read more [...]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) is truly an ensemble piece, starring as it does no less than seven of Britain’s best-loved veteran thespians. Directed by John Madden, Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy et al. Their aged characters all decide to spend their twilight years in the hotel of the title, an emporium that when they arrive is clearly a mere shadow Read more [...]

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a delightful explosion of colour, romance and tragedy that does credit to director Joe Wright. Its theatrical set changes, dazzling costumes and non-stop emotional high reeling are breath-taking. Whilst it is based on the well-known novel by Tolstoy, it constantly reminded me of the exuberant filmmaking style of Baz Luhrmann films Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom. Director Joe Read more [...]

Skyfall Review

Skyfall was viewed and reviewed by our film club. Everybody has had their say about Skyfall so I will not attempt a review. I will merely record some thoughts that came out of some fairly heated discussions when the Aliens & Others met recently at the BFI Riverside Café. Bond himself has undergone rather a dramatic transformation over the years of changing norms and socio-historical circumstances. Read more [...]