27 December 2014

2014 Oscar Predictions

Once again, it's Oscar time so it's time for my prediction list. Every year I do put in a few wildcard predictions and this year is no exception. With that said, here are my Oscar nomination predictions.

20 December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

My relationship with The Hobbit films has been a bit strenuous to say the least. Whilst I loved An Unexpected Journey, I was profoundly disappointed by Desolation of Smaug. Now we come to not only the end of The Hobbit series but also the end of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films and I have to say, once again I walked out of the cinema disappointed.

19 December 2014

Black Mirror: The Entire History of You Review

So here it is, my long delayed final review of Black Mirror, The Entire History of You. In many respects, this is the ideal episode of Black Mirror to end my reviews with. This is the episode which shows how damaging certain technologies could be on the mundane level, it's the only episode of Black Mirror not written by Charlie Brooker, instead written by Jesse Armstrong, and it's the one that is being planned to be adapted for the big screen by Robert Downey Jr's production company. This is also, in my opinion, the weakest episode of series 1.

18 December 2014

Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits Review

Continuing the reviews of Black Mirror is what I would say is my favourite episode from series 1, 15 Million Merits. Even put against the bizarre brilliance of The National Anthem and the emotional power of The Entire History Of You, I find the world created in this episode, along with the characters and writing, to push this one over the edge. It's not my favourite episode of Black Mirror, that honour goes to Be Right Back, but it is a close second.

17 December 2014

Black Mirror: White Christmas Review

For anyone who's been following this blog for a while, you'll know my love of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror and I've reviewed all of Series 2 and the first episode of Series 1. It has always been a bit of an annoyance that there are still episodes of Black Mirror I haven't talked about but now is the time to fix it with the recent airing of Black Mirror: White Christmas. Over the next three days you'll see reviews of this, along with the episodes I have yet to talk about (15 Million Merits and The Entire History of You). Needless to say, White Christmas continues the trend of Black Mirror being one of the best TV shows to come out in recent years.

8 December 2014

Paddington Review

When I first heard about Paddington, I was not convinced the film would work, hell I did a post when the first poster was released about it. As time as gone on though, and I've heard more about the film, my optimism regarding Paddington has only increased, buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive reviews. After seeing Paddington, I have to say the reaction has not been overstated, Paddington is a lovely film, one of the best family films of the year.