UK Weekend Box Office – 21st to 23rd November

As predicted The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 swept the opposition to one side after it opened in the UK with £12.64m.  I’m not sure but I think this might be the biggest opening weekend of 2014.  It took more more than the next 14 films combined.  With no big competition until the opening of…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review –

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence who returns to the franchise for a second time.  The screenplay is written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong – Craig has previously worked on The Town (2010) and Strong worked on The Butler (2013).  Jennifer Lawrence returns in the lead role of Katniss…

Get on Up (2014) – Failed to get me on my Feet

Get on Up is directed by Tate Taylor who has a couple of feature length projects behind him including The Help (2011) that features African American civil rights which probably caught the attention of the producers.  The screenplay was written by the Butterworth brothers, Jez and John-Henry, who also worked on Edge of Tomorrow (2014)….

A Clockwork Orange (1971) – I Don’t Understand the Hype

A Clockwork Orange was directed and written by Stanley Kubrick who created a number of iconic films during his life including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) .  It was adapted from a 1962 book of the same title written by Anthony Burgess.  Looking down the cast of actors the stand out…

UK Cinema – January 2015 is Loaded

I was looking ahead to the rest of 2014 for films that I was planning to see when I noticed that a number of the movies I had been looking forward to are not coming out this year in the UK.  While this is disappointing on the one hand it does mean that we are…

Reinventing My Appreciation of Cinema

The year 2014 saw me make a new commitment to take cinema more seriously and get my bottom to my local world of movies (Odeon Preston) to watch pretty much all of the main releases and few others besides.  I’ve done well – I’ve watched 60+ films this year which is no doubt some way…

UK Weekend Box Office – 14th to 16th November

I always said that film fans in the UK had excellent taste (if you ignore the Turtles and Transformers numbers).  Interstellar had a strong second week as takings fell a relatively small 30% week-on-week.  The film remained number one in the charts with a gross of £3.77m.  The main release last weekend was The Imitation…

New Releases in UK Cinema – Weekend 21st – 23rd November

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 lands in UK cinemas this Thursday. Oh sorry, you want more.  Well OK if you insist.  We finally get to see the James Brown biopic Get on Up which I’ll be going to see in what will presumably be a near empty screening.  The other wide release is The…

The Drop (2014) – Solid Entertainment, Hardy Excels

The Drop is directed by Michael R. Roskam whose only previous full length film, Bullhead (2011), was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.  The screenplay was written by Dennis Lehane who adapted his own short story Animal Rescue.  This is not the first Lehane novel  /story to make it to…

North American Box Office – 14th to 16th November

This is a tough blog to write tonight.  Normally I like to give a thumbs up to a film I like being number one or laughing when a really bad film bombs.  However, I haven’t seen either of the top two films as they haven’t been released on the UK.  Dumb and Dumber 2 has…

Man of Steel (2013) Revisited

This is not a review in the usual sense.  If you have been following my social media streams for any amount of time you will know that I have a very low opinion of Man of Steel.  Indeed I may have at times called this the worst film ever made or in one fit of…