Paddington 2

The lovably accident prone bear with good manners and a heart of gold returns for another cinematic outing in Paul King’s Paddington 2. Paddington’s first cinematic outing was such a joy to watch that I’ll admit I was eagerly anticipating a second instalment. Everything about the first film fit together neatly and the end result…

Eddie the Eagle

Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie the Eagle tells the story of Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards who achieved his dream of competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics. I don’t know much about the real Eddie Edwards so I don’t know how true to life this film is but that doesn’t really matter in the context of a…

Brooklyn

John Crowley’s Brooklyn is a coming of age story for a young Irish woman named Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who leaves her humble village to make a life for herself in America. The most captivating thing about Brooklyn is how understated it is as an overall experience. There’s very little in the way of conflict or…

Big Game

Jalmari Helander’s Big Game stars Samuel L. Jackson as the president of the United States who has been shot down en route to a conference and has to survive in a Finnish forest with the help of young Oskari (Onni Tommila). Low budget action movies tend to be a bit of a risk to watch…

On the Silver Screen – Get Santa

Christopher Smith’s Get Santa adds Jim Broadbent to the ever growing list of people to take on the role of Santa Claus, though he did voice him in Arthur Christmas. I don’t even want to guess how many people might have played this character. The story here is that Santa is arrested after a crash…

On the Silver Screen – Paddington

Michael Bond’s creation Paddington gets the big screen live action treatment in this well put together family film chronicling Paddington Bear’s first days in the City of London. Paddington is something of an adaptation of the first stories starring the titular bear but it’s been so long since I read them that I really can’t…