Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

I had tried to make it along to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge last week, only for the IMAX projector to break. Thus, I had believed that fate had destined this current wringing out of the franchise for the last of its pennies had missed its chance of a review, Craig having vowed…

Gold

If you’ve been along to any movie of note in the last couple of months you’ll likely have been assaulted on more than one occasion with the trailers for director Stephen Gaghan’s (Syriana, Abandon) new project Gold. A brash Eighties flavoured vehicle for Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyer’s Club), the trailers seem to promise a fairly…

Manchester by the Sea

Having just returned to work that day from my New Year break, I was possibly not in the best mindset to venture forth to this screening of a film that’s trailers hadn’t tempted me, but who’s hype and overwhelming good press had finally peaked my interest. There is very little doubt that Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret,…

La La Land

Off the back of the rip-roaring success garnered for Whiplash, Damien Chazelle has cashed in pretty much all of it so he can take a crack at that increasingly rare beast; a successful Hollywood musical and his attempt comes in the form of La La Land. Being very recently converted from my original opinion that…

American Pastoral

In 2017 the Edinburgh International Film Festival celebrates its seventieth year, and on a cold clear evening in November, they kicked off their run up to this notable milestone with a Gala Screening of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral. Having managed to bag myself a ticket, I settled down amongst Edinburgh’s great and good…

War on Everyone

John Michael McDonagh is a director of some previous note. His first work in the big chair, The Guard, took triple its modest $6 million production budget, and his subsequent film, Cavalry, was a critical success, picking up several nominations for its cast and crew, even winning a Best Actor award at the British Independent Film…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It seems to be a common held belief that, of late, Tim Burton has lost his mojo somewhat, and become a bit of a parody of himself. Many would place the blame for this at the feet of such films as Charlie and the Chocolate factory, and Dark Shadows, where he has lent very heavily…

Kubo and the Two Strings

For those who know of, and love, Laika Entertainment’s past cinematic releases, Boxtrolls, Paranorman, and Coraline, the news that Kubo and the Two Strings was coming elicited a feeling similar to a new Pixar release. They have a very distinct style and the use of stop-motion in an age of modern CGI is seen as…

Ben-Hur

Some people will wonder why we are even looking at this remake of the 1959 classic. With all the negative press, the MTV-esque trailers, and the distinct vibe amongst movie-goers of “why did they bother making that?”, you could be excused for thinking that Kneel Before Blog would just write this one off as a…

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

For those uninitiated in the bizarre and fun-filled world of the Lonely Island, let me give you a quick bit of background, and bear with me, this is all relevant for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, as this troupe wrote, directed, and starred in the techicolour offering up on the big screen. The comedy trio…