Views from the Sofa is 6 Years Old today! As has become tradition, we always use our birthday to look back at the past year and give some awards based on the movies we have watched this year. These awards are … Continue reading Views from the Sofa Awards 2018
It has been said many times before that the perfect version of Spider-Man has finally arrived on-screen. Toby Maguire’s version was good and as the first real attempt at a big screen Spider-Man did exactly what it needed to without really … Continue reading Spider-Man Homecoming (2017) Review
It is difficult to bring something new to a war movie, particularly ones set during the Second World War. Films like Saving Private Ryan have brought the definitive vision of the war to the big screen and the story needs to … Continue reading Oscars Month: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Review
What If… is a self-indulgent look at how things could have been. I take an event or a rumour and let my imagination run wild. It’s rarely based on fact and completely based on guess-work and conjecture. Reboots rarely do … Continue reading What If… The Reboots/Remakes Came First?
A good Spiderman film is all about the action sequences. There are a lot of other elements that you have to get right but Spiderman is all about the fighting, explosions and cool set-pieces that stay with you way after you’ve … Continue reading The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014) Review
What if Sam Raimi hadn’t made his Spiderman trilogy? Would people treat Marc Webb’s reboot with the disdain and disregard? People were too quick to dismiss the movie because it was so soon after Raini’s disastrous Spiderman 3 but what did people expect? Imagine … Continue reading The Amazing Spiderman (2012) Re-View
Boy A is both an interesting and brave film. Handled differently, it could have very easily gone a different way and become a shocking, mock-biopic, too close to real life to be taken seriously. Instead, we get a film that is well-thought out, underplays the drama and actually, somehow, makes you feel sorry for a character that many would write off from the beginning. It’s also very brave because it mirrors true-events so closely. Most people in Britain, over the age of maybe 20, would know the story of James Bulger and the two young boys who murdered him. They went to … Continue reading Boy A (2007) Review
I get nervous watching films that are based on popular characters, particularly ones I love. I get the same nervousness with sequels, films based on novels I love or anything that fits roughly into that category. The key examples that come to mind at the moment are Indiana Jones 4, Superman Returns, War of the Worlds and, quite fittingly, Spiderman 3. In fact, Spiderman 3 is the worst example of this utter disappointment and disbelief. I’ve never been so baffled, amazed and shocked by how you can have two films that are so brilliant, the ingredients for a third film that practically writes … Continue reading The Amazing Spiderman (2012) Review