Posts Tagged ‘Tom Hiddleston’


Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

October 15, 2015


Why do you watch horror? If it’s solely about preying on your primal fears through a high-concept premise, it’s possible you might not get a great deal out of Guillermo del Toro’s gothic opus Crimson Peak. If you’re after jump scares, then you’ll probably hate it. If, however, you’re attuned to and appreciative of the ways in which some of the best horror films can not be about boogeyman scares, but instead cover a wide array of different emotional concerns, then proceed with less caution.

Imbued with the aesthetic and tonal spirit of bombastic, luxuriantly-coloured, oft-melodramatic Euro-horrors of the 1960s (think the films of Mario Bava or Roger Corman’s Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), Crimson Peak also has a dash of The Innocents (and thus The Turn of the Screw) and specific Hitchcocks (Rebecca and Psycho) in its lush blood, as well as a bit of Brontë – a good chunk of the story could be interpreted as Jane Eyre with more literal ghosts…

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Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor, 2013)

October 30, 2013

Thor - The Dark World

In a flashback sequence that opens the Marvel brand’s latest superhero sequel, we discover how Thor’s grandfather, Bor, previously conquered the enemy whose quest for revenge will propel The Dark World’s narrative. In an unfortunate coincidence, a good portion of the film that follows can be described with a word that sounds exactly like that ancestor’s name…

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Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon, 2012)

April 30, 2012


Originall written for Reel Time, now at Sound on Sight

Following four years of films establishing the majority of its protagonists, Marvel Studios’ superhero ensemble film finally arrives. The Avengers teams up Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, all established cinematic leads, as well as some agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fronted by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who have made teasing appearances in the previous five films. Despite some appealing moments and casting, none of the previous lead-in features proved particularly exceptional, with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor perhaps being the best thanks to some Shakespearian motifs and genuinely funny comedic leanings. Additionally, the first Iron Man and the awful The Incredible Hulk aside, most of the films have felt hindered by their content specifically designed to link into the big team-up, lending them an unsatisfactory feel as stand-alone stories in their own right. A huge step forward quality-wise, the final result of The Avengers doesn’t retroactively make Iron Man 2 any better, but Joss Whedon’s film compellingly weaves characters and narrative elements from this cinematic universe to great effect, and, crucially, both compliments the other films and stands alone as an accessible, hugely entertaining blockbuster with a distinct personality. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tentative Top Ten of 2011

January 8, 2012


The following list and the blurbs for each entry were compiled at the end of December for Reel Time‘s cumulative top 20 films of 2011. A few of my write-ups were published in cases where some of my selections made the group list, but I thought I’d publish my entire contribution here for those interested. The list has already changed somewhat, thanks to seeing at least one new potential contender for the top 10. 2011 was a very good year for film.

Being Reel Time’s only UK based contributor I am not going by US release dates, but I am also not going strictly by UK release dates as this would mean that some of last year’s awards contenders, such as Blue Valentine and Tangled, would have likely made the cut for me here. Instead, I am operating by a film’s debut release in English language territories outside of festivals, allowing me to include a few films currently only released in the UK but also the likes of Le quattro volte, which had originally premiered at Cannes 2010. Possible contenders for consideration that I did not get to see in time include Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Weekend, A Separation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (now viewed as of January 2nd), The Artist, and many of the other awards season favourites that will see their UK releases occurring in the opening two months of 2012. Read the rest of this entry ?