Wednesday, 31 August 2016

'The Neon Demon' Film Review

Written and directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), his latest film 'The Neon Demon' examines beauty in the narcissistic context of the fashion industry. 

Noticed for her natural beauty and current look, Jesse (Elle Fanning) arrives in LA with an ambition to enter the fashion industry, with promises she will become a star. Other girls quickly become jealous and feel threatened by her. Can her purity and kindred spirit last in this 'dog eat dog' industry, or will it change her with tragic consequences?

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

'Equals' Film Review

Set in a dystopian future where emotions are prohibited, labelled as a disease called SOS, the human race live a solitary existence, working and habituating in clinical environments. 

When Silas (Nicholas Hoult) begins developing SOS, he starts having feelings towards fellow worker Nia (Kristen Stewart), who has been hiding her SOS, and the two begin a forbidden romance... only to risk being found out, reported, or worse.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

'Kidnap' Film Trailer Preview

Following 'The Call', Halle Berry stars once again in another thriller, this time playing a mother who stops at nothing to save her kidnapped son.

Featuring car chases, exaggerated expressions and probably a tense finale sequence in some abandoned shack, whether this film falls into formulaic thriller or will offer any element of surprise remains to be seen.

'Kidnap' premieres this December. Check out the trailer below:

Sunday, 21 August 2016

'Jason Bourne' Film Review

Nine years ago, after the 'Bourne Ultimatum', Damon and director Greengrass called it quits on the franchise claiming there was no more story to be told, leaving the studio with a cash cow franchise and no-one at the helm. Gilroy's 'Bourne Legacy', an ill-received attempt at a spin-off, was enjoyable, but just not the same. So what led Damon and Greengrass to revive 'Bourne' now? And is it any good?

'I remember. I remember everything'.

With those words, the Bourne franchise no longer centres on an assassin with amnesia, but how he deals with his identity in a new, changed world. After more than ten years underground, Jason Bourne  (Damon) resurfaces when he is found by ex-agency operative Nicky Parsons (Stiles), who tells him some new information about his father.

His reappearance causes the CIA to go on a manhunt looking for him, led by CIA director Robert Dewey (Lee Jones), whilst cyber security chief Heather Lee (Vikander) has ulterior motives to keep him alive. 

With a further asset (Cassel) holding a personal vendetta against Bourne, the cat and mouse chase continues through Berlin, Greece, London and Vegas.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

'Arrival' Film Trailer Preview

From the man that brought us 'Prisoners', 'Enemy' and 'Sicario', comes another mysterious thriller, revolving around the arrival of an alien race.

The film stars Amy Adams, who plays a linguist trying to communicate with the alien species in order to prevent world destruction, supported by Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. 

Despite the saturation of sci-fi films of late, one from Villeneuve is sure to surprise and bring something new to the genre. 

'Arrival' premieres in November. Check out the trailer below:

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Pixar's 'Finding Dory' Film Review

'Finding Nemo' was one of my favourite Pixar movies of all time, and 12 years on, the announcement of the sequel was met with some contention. The first one was just sooo good that it didn't need a sequel, and anything short of perfection would mar the brilliance of the original. Thankfully, the team at Pixar came up with a pretty neat idea which turned this movie into a sort of spin-off slash sequel featuring our favourite Pacific Blue tang, a fun film that stands very much on its own.

After the events of the first movie, Dory, Marlin and Nemo live happily in the reef. Until one day, Dory remembers a glimpse of her parents and the three set out on an adventure to find them, meeting hilarious new characters on the way. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

'Suicide Squad' Film Review

After the poorly reviewed 'Batman VS Superman', all eyes turned to 'Suicide Squad'- the DC Universe's next offering. With the popularity of its first trailer and results of audience testing, the film progressed in a more lighthearted, humoured tone (requiring numerous reshoots), despite the initial vision being that of a much darker tone. In this way, with its all star cast, snappy humour and even the soundtrack, the film is sort of DC's version of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy', lacking its own originality..

Under the control of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), head of a secret government agency, a group of Super villains are recruited in order to stop any future 'Supermans' who may be hostile to the Human race. Things descend into chaos when one recruit, June Moore (Cara Delevigne) who is possessed by an ancient witch, Enchantress, escapes control and plots to eradicate mankind.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Alicia Vikander in Vanity Fair Magazine (Sep 2016)

Alicia Vikander covers the September issue of Vanity Fair Magazine (US), shot by Mario Testino. After her bumper year winning an Oscar (for The Danish Girl) and starring in numerous critically acclaimed films (Ex Machina), Alicia Vikander returns to our screens in 'Jason Bourne', and opposite her boyfriend Michael Fassbender in 'The Light Between Oceans'.

Vikander will take on the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming 'Tomb Raider' reboot. Check out the rest of the spread below the jump:

'Wonder Woman' Film Trailer Preview

Many trailers have been released as part of the recent Comic Con. One which stood out was 'Wonder Woman', which will be the first female led super hero film in this current generation. 

Show stealing Gal Gadot will hopefully manage to finally bring some clout to the DC universe after the poor performing Batman vs Superman and the poorly reviewed 'Suicide Squad' despite the mega-hype. I'm still dying to see it for Margot Robbie.

'Wonder Woman' will premiere June 2017. Check out the trailer below:

Delta Goodrem 'Wings of the Wild' Album Review

After releasing lead single 'Wings' more than a year ago, Delta Goodrem has finally released her fifth album 'Wings of the Wild', which also features singles 'Dear Life', 'Enough' and 'Only Human'. It doesn't seem like that long ago since 'Child of the Universe' was released, but four years on, 'Wings of the Wild' thematically centers on strength, freedom and wilderness.

1. Feline 3/5 
2. Wings 5/5
3. Dear Life 4/5
4. Just Call 3/5
5. In The Name of Love 4/5
6. Enough (ft. Gizzle) 3.5/5
7. Heavy 5/5
8. Only Human 4/5
9. The River 3.5/5
10. I'm Not Giving Up 3/5
11. Encore 4.5/5
12. Hold On 4/5
13. I Believe in a Thing called Love 4/5


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