It wouldn’t be unfair to wonder whether All the Money in the World would have been viewed as much or made as much of a splash in the movie-world if it had not been for the Kevin Spacey scandal that … Continue reading Review Bonanza: All the Money in the World (2017) Review
Ask anyone to name their favourite directors and many people could reel off at least one or two names, probably including Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone or even Michael Bay. In the world of movie-making, the director is the key and quite … Continue reading Why do directors get more credit than writers?
Amongst the movie blogging community there is a series known as “The Blindspot.” This is when a movie fan actively searches out the movies they should have seen. The films that are regarded as classics or come highly recommended by everyone … Continue reading The Great Film Directors Blindspot series (The Launch)
Today is the fourth anniversary of Views of the Sofa. To commemorate the birthday of the blog, I take a look back at the previous year in film with my Views from the Sofa Awards. These awards are slightly different … Continue reading Views from the Sofa Awards 2016
A lot of people disliked Prometheus. I wasn’t one of them, I thought there was a lot to like about the movie but then again, it was never going to be Alien or even reach those dizzying heights. In fact, my … Continue reading Is Alien: Covenant trying to wipe away Prometheus?
Terminator Genisys was actually made worse by it’s spoiler-filled trailer. One of the biggest plot points to the movie, the reveal that John Connor was actually the film’s villain, was spoiled very clearly in the trailers for the film. This meant … Continue reading Should trailers have a spoiler rating?
I don’t care about the Academy awards. It feels like its lost its meaning and power. I’m sure within the film community it still holds a huge amount of power but outside of that, I think its beginning to lose … Continue reading A vote for The Mainstream Film Awards
As much as people dislike Alien 3, there are actually some very good ideas in there! The film tries a lot to be like the original and in some ways, achieves that much more than Aliens does. The main problem Alien 3 seems to have is that it doesn’t seem to commit to one great, key idea and instead tries to do too much with poor results. It’s a shame because the setting seems perfect. To set the film in a futuristic, completely male space prison is a great idea. It is a lot closer to the dark, enclosed and potentially … Continue reading Alien 3 (1992) Review
It’s a brave move making a sequel to a film that changes the tone, overall pace and direction, compared to the original. It’s an even braver move when you consider how good the original film actually is. James Cameron does just that though. The original film was the perfect mix of science-fiction and horror. It was dark, slow and took its time to build the tension. John Hurt going through the alien nest, slowly and carefully, then the reaction as the egg finally opened, was just one example of how Ridley Scott managed to invoke the terror in the audience … Continue reading Aliens (1986) Review
You can have two great actors, a fantastic director and a weighty story but still make an average film. Body of Lies is the perfect example of this. The two leads, Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe, are stars that would attract any number of people to a film on their names alone. Di Caprio is fantastic in The Departed and Inception and Crowe is equally as good in Gladiator or 3.10 to Yuma. With two stars this big attached, you’d expect the film to be of a very high quality. The same with the director. Ridley Scott directs Body of … Continue reading Body of Lies (2008) Review