Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn delivers a follow up dose of comedic spy action that ups the stakes and expands the mythology in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The first film was a lot of fun but lacked an obvious jumping on point for a sequel since the character arc for Eggsy (Taron Egerton) appeared to be complete so…

Sing

A theatre owning Koala comes up with the idea to host a singing competition to bring interest back to his failing business in Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings’ Sing. It’s American Idol or X-Factor -depending where you happen to live- with animals. Now that this is out of the way I can talk about how…

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…

Legend

Brian Helgeland’s Legend tells the story of identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray (Tom Hardy) and their criminal empire in 1960s London. This film tells the story from the perspective of Reggie’s wife Frances (Emily Browning) who arguably suffered more than anyone through the events depicted in the film. My biggest issue with this…

On the Silver Screen – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is a stylish and quirky take on the spy genre based on the comic book The Secret Service created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar from the wonderfully insane mind that brought us Kick Ass. Taron Egerton plays street kid Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin who is recruited by Colin Firth’s Harry Hart/Galahad to join…

On the Silver Screen – Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain and chronicles her experiences from before World War I broke out to after peace was declared. Alicia Vikander plays the central role and does a fantastic job. She brings a real sense of intelligence, integrity and confidence to Vera Brittain throughout the film. It’s…