Starring: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J Blige Director: John Stevenson The garden gnomes are back, in this follow up to Gnomeo and Juliet (2011). When their owners move to London, Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find themselves put in charge of a new garden that needs… Continue reading Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Kevin Hart, Jack Black Director: Jake Kasdan Jumanji, the evil board game that sucks people in and traps them or unleashes jungle creatures into the homes of the players has evolved. Since no one plays board games, it hides itself as a computer console, and tricks four teens in detention… Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien Director: Frank Tashlin You won't find many Jayne Mansfield movies in academic lists of classic films. Partly because she didn't make very many before she died in a car accident, and partly because her films are not considered very high brow. Many people felt that she was the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges Director: Greta Gerwig In 2002, a teen (Ronan) who prefers to be called Lady Bird is in the last year of High School, and struggling with her identity and her future. While she is highly creative and intelligent, she doesn't have the best grades,… Continue reading Lady Bird (2017)
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Miguel is a little boy who dreams of being a musician. But because on of his ancestors ran away and abandoned the family, music is banned, and Miguel is on track to join the families shoe-making business. On the night of Dia… Continue reading Coco (2017)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen Director: Brian Taylor Writer/director Brian Taylor brought us Crank (2006) and Gamer (2009), which in some ways tells you what to expect here: an amusing and violent commentary on modern day social troubles that's also a fun ride. In this film, a family lives in modern,… Continue reading Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)
Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the magical fairy tale fantasy of Howl's Moving Castle.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)
In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.
From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…
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Excerpt from my article for ScreenMayhem.com. Charles Dickens was a writer who cared deeply about the world and his fellow man. His books were hugely popular, particularly as they were released initially as chapters in magazine serials, so that you had to wait til the next issue to discover what happened to your favourite characters,… Continue reading The Muppet Christmas Carol is 25 years old!