Tag Archives: Review

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

‘Hitchcock’, Master of Suspense

He is the Master of Suspense... 'In Hitchcock's world we are all tainted by original sin and therefore fair game for attack,' says the narrator of the recent UK TV documentary 'Interview with the Master'. From 'The Birds' (1963), highlighting the apocalyptic sentiment of the 1960's, to the psychological discourse of 'Vertigo' (1958) and 'Psycho' (1960) or the high octane chase of 'North By Read more [...]

Looper

Looper is a piece of quality science fiction. Looper 2012 (dir. Ryan Johnson). Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. It looks fantastic and in every detail (except the somewhat convoluted plot) is highly believable - a result, no doubt, of its unashamedly high production values. Whilst it is derivative of other well-known Sci-Fi films (The Terminator, Children of Men etc.), Read more [...]

A Royal Affair – Danish Costume Drama

A Royal Affair is a thoughtful dissection of relationships, both personal and political, and of the use and abuse of power. Made on a modest budget (by Hollywood standards), the film constructs a detailed and convincing picture of 18th Century Denmark, with excellent production and costume design. Part conspiracy thriller and part romantic drama, the film tells the story of the young English-born princess Read more [...]

Fishing for a couple of Stars

It was a lovely warm summer's evening for Film Club on Friday and over a drink or two and a steak and 'salad', we came to some interesting conclusions about the May film choice, Brit Rom-com, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'. I must admit that the warm fuzzy feeling one might initially have walked out of the cinema with, quickly began to fade after paying closer attention to the film. Yes, it ticks Read more [...]

Jurassic Park – A Rewatcher

Jurassic Park was a 90's classic for me! I remember being awed by the beauty of John Williams' score and amazed at the life-like, scary creatures on screen. I loved the scientific facts thrown in, the frights and the comic quips spoken by Dr Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Recently I rewatched my childhood classic with my friend who'd never seen it and I was again wowed. Amazingly, like my favourite Aliens Read more [...]