Kneel Before Pod – The Last Last Jedicast

After a brief emotional Knee-Jerk reaction to the initial viewing of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and a more detailed reaction from Craig, Angus, Natalie and Izaak, Chris and Aaron decide that they have more to add before it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray. Aaron can be found on this very site and Chris can…

Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

The new Star Wars trilogy continues with Rian Johnson’s heavily anticipated Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I was somewhat critical of The Force Awakens for its numerous callbacks to A New Hope in its narrative. In many ways it felt like a safe high budget remake in order to reinvigorate the franchise and appease newcomers…

American Made

A pilot is recruited by the CIA for various covert jobs at the same time he becomes a drug runner for a noted Cartel in Doug Liman’s American Made. Tom Cruise takes the lead as Barry Seal; a pilot with talents that are very much wasted working on a commercial airline. This changes when he…

The Revenant

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant adapts the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass’ (Leonardo DiCaprio) fight for survival in the harsh wilderness after being left for dead following a bear attack. Tales of survival are always going to get the attention of moviegoers and we frequently hear about actors putting themselves through hell in order…

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams brings Star Wars back to the big screen with The Force Awakens. This entry serves as the next part of the saga following on from Return of the Jedi as well as being a convenient jumping on point for new fans. This is going to be a difficult one to review as the…

On the Silver Screen – Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina explores the concepts of life, consciousness and what it means to be human through a version of the Turing Test. The Turing Test is defined as a method to “challenge a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligence comparable to, or indistinguishable from, a human.” This test forms the core of Ex Machina…

On the Silver Screen – Unbroken

Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort Unbroken is the story of Olympic Athlete turned soldier Louis Zamperini’s (Jack O’Connell) heroic struggle to survive amidst tremendous adversity after his plane crashes during World War II. It could be said that Unbroken is two films. The first is a survival movie aboard a life raft in the middle…