Fly Me To Review

Weekly film criticism from a fan of the cinematic

Hercules

While it’d be easy to mock Dwayne Johnson’s latest efforts to do some that isn’t fast or furious, there’s something rather likeable about Hercules.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

They say you can learn everything you need to know about politics from Planet of the Apes. They also say that a politician can talk a lot without really saying anything. Both of these things accurately describe Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

I went into Transformers 4 with an open mind, and came out 30 minutes before it finished which should tell you everything you need to know about the latest addition to the ‘Michael Bay needs a new yacht’ fund.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is yet another comedy that thinks more equals better. Is it funny? Yes, actually there are lots of jokes that aren’t in the trailer that are pretty funny. But lord knows I’m tired of berating second acts that are either too long or out of place.

Maleficent

I’ll be totally honest, I was not expecting to enjoy Maleficent as much as I did. It could so easily have slipped into the Burton school of retellings but as it stands the film holds up on it’s own as another valuable home run for the Disney live action canon.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

To say that A Million Ways to Die in the West is a disappointment is an understatement. Unlike many people I thought that Ted wasn’t all that bad but A Million Ways to Die in the West isn’t even as good as Ted.

Frank

There are no two ways about it, Frank is an utterly captivating movie. Charming and hilarious throughout, Jon Ronson’s almost-biopic of the Frank Sidebottom story is a breakout success that will surely become an indie classic.

Godzilla

There are parts of Godzilla that really work well but alas, there are parts so out of place that they only serve to throw everything off balance.

Best and Brightest: Influential films of the 21st Century

It’s easy to look back on the 20th Century and pick out the movies that shaped culture and the medium itself but which movies have stepped forward and challenged the cultural and cinematic status quo in the 21st Century?

Transcendence

In a recent interview Wally Pfister confessed that his directorial debut Transcendence was more of a love story than it was a sci fi movie. Unfortunately in the process of making the movie both of these genres got lost along the way, making Transcendence not much of anything.