Category Archives: Film

American Assassin. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Litsch, David Suchet, Navid Negahban, Scott Adkins, Charlotte Vega.

It becomes a bone in which to gnaw upon when you feel certain parts of cinema toiling away at the rehash button and not finding a way to remark upon the state of the world without being able to demonise and sacrifice the high ideals in which it really should find itself producing. It is a bone that has worn thin in many ways and whilst the opening five minutes of American Assassin has brought the idea of localised terror up to date, the sense in which perhaps the general public should be careful and wary of; it is soon becomes almost a chore in which to continue with.

Mother!. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig.

It really isn’t saying a lot about a film when you start thinking to yourself as you reflect and muse upon what you have seen, that you ponder that at least it wasn’t as bad as Noah. The story of creation told in a very modern way, in an approach that actually makes more sense for those who might have found something far better to attend than religious studies on a Monday morning, or even those to whom the imagination runs a lot deeper than what we are persuaded to do when considering passages from the Bible.

Going Down With Cassini And Two Mad Men.

We can touch

the brink

of Heaven

and send the machine

to plummet

into the heart of Saturn,

to break our bondage

and be more than just humanity

as Cassini

sends clouds scattering,

yet

we can descend

so low,

to plough the very depths

of Hell

as we think

that

the madness of machine

Armageddon

is somehow suitable

a threat

to contain

two mad men.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

IT, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott, Stephen Bogart, Stuart Hughes, Geoffrey Pounsett, Pip Dwyer, Molly Atkinson, Steven Williams, Elizabeth Saunders, Megan Charpentier, Joe Bostick, Ari Cohen, Anthony Ulc, Javier Botet, Katie Lunman, Carter Musselman, Tatum Lee, Edie Inksetter, Neil Crone, Sonia Gascón, Janet Porter.

 

Wind River, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Lange, Gil Birmingham, Althea Sam, Tokala Clifford, Martin Sensmeier, Tyler Laracca, Austin R. Grant, Ian Bohen, Hugh Dillon, Matthew Del Negro, James Jordan, Jon Bernthal, Blake Robbins, Norman Lenhart.

 

The Limehouse Golem, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Douglas Booth, Sam Reid, Maria Valverde, Daniel Mays, Henry Goodman, Adam Brown, Morgan Watkins, Damien Thomas, Peter Sullivan, Amelia Crouch, Simon Meacock, Siobhán Cullen, Keeley Forsyth, Mark Tandy, Michael Jenn, David Macey, Craig Thomas Lambert, Levi Heaton, Clive Russell, David Bamber.

 

Logan Lucky. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterson, John Eyez, Dwight Yoakum, Jeff Gordan, Sebastian Stan, Farrah Mackenzie, Rebecca Koon, Charles Halford, David Denman, Jim O’ Heir, Jack Quaid, Brian Gleeson.

It feels awkward to pull upon a thread which involves Channing Tatum, an actor who can spellbind an audience as Burt Gurney in Hail, Ceasar!, and show absolute aloofness and brilliant cinematic reserve when required in Foxcatcher, and yet to whom will willingly fall back to alleged type on films such as Magic Mike, Jupiter Ascending and White House Down.

American Made. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Jayma Mays, Connor Trinneer, William Mark McCullough, Benito Martinez, Jed Rees.

 

The Dark Tower. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Franz Kranz, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Haysbert, Katheryn Winnick, Nicholas Pauling, Michael Barbieri, Jose Zuniga Eva Kaminsky, Robbie McLean, Karl Thaning.

The world is not always as we see it, there are millions of possibilities at play every day that we do not realise or refuse to witness what can be outside of our sphere of existence. It is a premise that has been used over and over again to great effect, that time, that the ability to see beyond is one of great intrigue and one that Stephen King has used to great effect for over 40 years as one of the pre-eminent writers of the 20th and 21st Century.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Eloide Yung, Salma Hayek, Tsuwayuki Saotome, Richard E. Grant, Gary Oldman, Rod Hallett, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Michael Gor, Barry Atsma, Kirsty Mitchell, Tine Joustra, Sam Hazeldine, Joaquim de Almeida, Georgie Glen, Dijarn Campbell.