There is nothing in The Shape of Water that you haven’t seen a hundred times before. Disney have made Beauty and the Beast twice and as you watch this film, you soon realise that director Guillermo Del Toro has done so as well. This wouldn’t necessarily have to be a negative thing if it wasn’t so familiar, predictable and ultimately pedestrian. Not that The Shape of Water doesn’t have any redeeming features. It is very well made and as with all Del Toro productions, the design of the environments that his characters occupy are full of dark, dim and (as a … Continue reading The Shape of Water (2017) Review
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
For many, Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s ultimate masterpiece. Holding accolades such as Oscar recognition before a best animated picture category, it has been heralded as the pinnacle of feature length animation. To many, a remake would be considered … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review
Episode 3 is a bit later than usual but it is a jam-packed bumper episode and well worth the wait. This episode is Then and Now, which means Dave and Ben discuss everything remake, reboot and sequel, looking at the … Continue reading Views from the Sofa The Podcast: Season 2 Episode 3: A Ghost in the Sofa
In the never-ending and ever-expanding debate regarding which Disney film is the greatest of all time (my vote is Aladdin incidentally), Beauty and the Beast stands in strong contention. It is difficult to overlook the Oscar recognition and the fact that … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast (1991) Review
It is the first of the month which means another theme launch! 2017 has seen a lot of movies and franchises offering reboots, re-imaginings, remakes or long overdue sequels. This month we take a look at some of the key examples … Continue reading Then and Now Month: The Launch!
There is such thing as an “Oscar movie.” There are types of movies which win the coveted nominations and plenty of movies which feel like they should be considered but aren’t. A superhero movie and Sci-Fi spectacle could get a … Continue reading Oscar Month: 16 times the Academy nominated “non-Oscar” movies