Posts tagged ‘oscar isaac’

October 28, 2019

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire reviews, 24th October

My reviews for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, broadcast 24th October 2019. I review the films Terminator Dark Fate, The Addams Family, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

October 25, 2019

City AM: Terminator: Dark Fate, The Last Black Man In San Francisco, The Addams Family, and The Beach Bum reviews

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September 28, 2018

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire reviews, 27/09/2018


Please click the link above to listen to my appearance on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, broadcast 27/09/2018. I review the films The Wife, Skate Kitchen and Operation Finale.


September 26, 2018

Radio Times: Mile 22, Permission, Operation Finale, The Intent 2, and Dear Dictator reviews.

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November 28, 2017

City AM: Suburbicon, Manifesto and Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool reviews (17-24 November)

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May 20, 2016

BBC Oxford Reviews, 19th May

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Please click the link above to listen to my BBC Oxford reviews, broadcast on 19th May. Reviewing the films “X-Men Apocalypse” and “A Hologram For The King”, we also discuss Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond.

December 16, 2015



I don’t normally do this on the website, but I’ve decided to put down my thoughts on the new “Star Wars” film as I won’t be reviewing it in writing for any outlets (my radio review is out tomorrow).
This is a SPOILER FREE review, however if you absolutely positively do not want to know anything about the film, turn away now (although honestly, why did you click here in the first place?).




… Ready?….






Ok, this is the briefest summation of the plot, and nothing you won’t find out in the first two seconds of the opening crawl (which I cried a little bit at, by the way). Luke Skywalker is missing, and everyone is after him. Chiefly, The First Order, established from the ashes of the Old Empire, and the Resistance, the good guys. Caught in the middle are scavenger are Rey (Daisy Ridley) and former storm trooper Finn (John Boyega), who come across key information to the whereabouts of the Jedi Master.

You can relax. Lessons have been learned. That means no midichlorians, no trade embargoes, no irritating child actors, no cold, glowy CGI environments. This is proper Star Wars, and it’s a hell of a ride. The chief goal of this film is to set up the ones that follow, so we’re meeting the gang and going on an adventure. There are several jaw-dropping moments, including a chase with a famous old spaceship and a scene at the end which will have everyone talking. Abrams clearly adores this franchise and makes everything feel legitimate. The rusty, dirty spaceships, the practical effects, the humour in the script- he knows what you want, and he’ll deliver it.

If there’s a weakness it is that nostalgia factor. A lot of the plot feels similar to previous films, and while that’s no bad thing when it’s done this well, there are some moments where you get caught up thinking “oh this scene is a nod to this…” If that sounds vague, please bear in mind I’m trying to keep things spoiler free, which is very hard in a film filled with twists and reveals.

One thing that strikes you is how well the new characters fold into the universe. Ridley and Boyega are the focus, and win you over pretty quickly – the former has the demeanour of a younger, feistier Kiera Knightley; while the “Attack The Block” actor is endearingly haphazard. The friendship that builds between them is one of the most compelling things in the plot. Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron feels like he’s transported from 1977 – a dashing pilot who dips in and out of the story but is one of those very cool support characters these films used to be so good at. Kylo Ren, another character that can’t be talked about at great length, is the best Star Wars villain since you-know-who.

Then there’s Han. If you’re at all a fan of these films this will bring a tear to your eye, because he’s back. It’s not Harrison Ford trying to rehash an old character, it’s him slipping straight back into the swagger of the universe’s favourite smuggler. The trailer moments (“It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. They’re real”) are for once a little more special in context, and that’s about all that can be said without ruining it. Oh, and Luke? Just wait and see.

For fans who love the originals, this will feel like a huge ‘welcome back’ hug after the disappointment of the prequels which, compared to this, feel like expensive fan films made by children. A masterpiece of cinema? No quite, but this is the Star Wars film you’ve been looking for.

January 23, 2015

Clash: “Ex Machina” review…

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Please click the logo above to read my review for “Ex Machina”, as part of this week’s film column for Clash Magazine.

January 23, 2015

EntertainmentWise: “Ex Machina”, “The Gambler” and “A Most Violent Year” reviews

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sets the bar high for most of the sci-fi heading our way this year.

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you can’t help but feel this might have been more with another player at the table.

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a gritty, engrossing story with two exceptional leads.

January 27, 2014

EntertainmentWise: “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “Jack Ryan…”, “August: Osage County” and “Grudge Match” reviews




“The Coens are as good as they’ve ever been”


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“Branagh & Co. simply haven’t done enough to pique our interest”




“Acting of the highest calibre”



Grudge Match

“Ends up being forgettable”.

Branagh and co. simply haven’t done enough to pique our interest.