Kneel Before Pod – Star Trek Beyond

The bridge crew consisting of myself (Craig), Sandy, Angus and Natalie reassembled to complete our discussions of the rebooted Star Trek films by talking about Star Trek Beyond. The review of the film can be found here. Please be advised that there are significant spoilers for the film but the audio does forewarn you of…

Star Trek Beyond

Justin Lin takes the director’s chair from J.J. Abrams to deliver Star Trek Beyond; the third in the alternate reality reboot of Star Trek. Three years ago I walked out of the midnight screening of Star Trek Into Darkness as an angry man. Nobody should be as angry as I was at 2am and I…

Finding Dory

As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival I was lucky enough to have access to a preview screening of Pixar’s latest outing Finding Dory directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. Finding Dory is the much anticipated sequel to the Pixar highpoint Finding Nemo so immediately it has a very tough act to follow….

Bastille Day

Idris Elba stretches his action legs in James Watkins’ Bastille Day as a gruff CIA Agent working to stop a terrorist attack in France. Some may argue that this film is exploitative considering the real life situation in France that occurred in November 2015 but this film was reportedly made before that so it seems…

The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is the latest of Disney’s live action updates to their classic animated movies after Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. The story is that a young boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is forced to leave the family of wolves that raised him when his life is threatened by a merciless tiger named Shere…

Zootopia/Zootropolis

Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush’ Zootopia -or Zootropolis if you’re in the UK- follows plucky idealistic young Rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she tries to be taken seriously in a world that constantly underestimates her. Zootopia/Zootropolis is a more complicated film than it seems on the surface. From the beginning it looks like…

Avengers: Age of Ultron

So, it’s finally here. Joss Whedon’s eagerly anticipated follow up to the hugely successful The Avengers -or Avengers Assemble if you live in certain places- finally lands on cinema screens in the form of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film has big shoes to fill given the success of the first one and the innate…

On the Silver Screen – The Gunman

Pierre Morel’s The Gunman casts Sean Penn as a sniper on a mercenary assassination team forced to go into hiding after a successful kill shot puts him on a hit list. Following in Liam Neeson’s aging action hero footsteps Sean Penn does a really capable job of doing the action hero thing. He has an…