Bridge of Spies (2015) Too Clear to be Cold

Bridge of Spies is everything that you would expect from a Steven Spielberg film: it is brilliantly directed, looks immaculate, and is fabulously acted. It is a subtle and engaging Cold War thriller in a similar sense to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: this is not behind the enemy lines, nail-biting action; but a progressive drama…

Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser Blofeld in Spectre

Spectre (2015) No Mr Bond, I Expect You to Try!

Despite my recent rant about Skyfall, I was actually looking forward to Spectre: it promised to be a more classic take on the Bond franchise, and anything which has Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz in is worthy of attention. But despite having all the right ingredients: exotic locations, an Aston Martin, a baddie with a…

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth 2015

Macbeth (2015) Murder, Murder, Murder

Murder, prophetic witches, murder, one of the greatest female roles, a madman twisted with ambition, and a bit more murder: Macbeth has always been my favourite Shakespeare play. Its bloodlust and supernatural elements give it a unique aura and special place in our psyche. It is testament to the depth of Shakespeare’s writing that Marion…

Jurassic World film logo

Jurassic World (2015) A Cheesy Paper Dinosaur

If it was the smell of Baldrick’s underpants which wiped out the dinosaurs in Blackadder Back and Forth, it was the unmistakable waft of cheese which stains the nostrils after seeing Jurassic World. Remakes and reboots are going to become a constant source of speculation and scepticism over the coming years, with Hollywood opting to…