The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) Review

Regardless of how good it would be to see characters you loved as a kid, brought to life in a live action movie, sometimes animation is the best way to tell those stories. That is certainly the case with Tintin, which is one of the greatest animated spectacles I have seen in a long time. I don’t think you could achieve, or afford, the same sort of action sequences that are seen in Tintin, using live action. That is the biggest appeal of the Tintin movie. It’s non-stop. There isn’t a moment to wait and collect your thoughts, piecing together the … Continue reading The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) Review

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review

In a time when people are deciding that their spies need to be gritty, realistic and brooding, its great to have a series that is still willing to have fun with idea of secret agents. As much as I loved Skyfall, there is something great about seeing a traditional spy film, with huge ridiculous action set-pieces, gadgets that push the boundaries of realism and a tongue-in-cheek sense of fun running throughout. I would never have thought that the Mission Impossible franchise would be the one that would keep the traditional spy values alive. From the very beginning though, with Tom … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review

Star Trek (2009) Re-View

When it comes to Star Trek, I’m a Next Generation guy. I never really liked The Original Series, it never had enough action or cool monsters for the eight or nine-year old boy who would watch on BBC 2 after CBBC and Neighbours had finished. I’ll always choose Jean-Luc Picard over James T. Kirk because of familiarity but I would never actually be able to fight my corner, I’m far from a Trekkie. My Star Trek movie experience also mirrored my television habits. I enjoyed Generations, loved First Contact and don’t really remember ever seeing Nemesis or Insurrection but I haven’t heard great things about them. I … Continue reading Star Trek (2009) Re-View

Attack the Block (2011) Review

Britain do quirky, gritty and indie films better than any other country. We were the country that gave the world Shaun of the Dead, Trainspotting and Dead Man’s Shoes. We have the gritty Hunger and Tyrannosaur and now Shame to add to our collection of brilliant British films. The British film industry gets recognised for romantic comedies, Richard Curtis being a huge part of that, and every year we can effectively produce a period drama but we are also good for clever comedy or gritty, real, modern drama. This leads me to Attack the Block. The perfect example of a new type … Continue reading Attack the Block (2011) Review