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).…

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…