Category Archives: Film

I Feel Pretty. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 5/10

Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Rory Scovel, Adrian Martinez, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philips, Lauren Hutton, Sasheer Zamata, Angela Davis, Caroline Day, Anastagia Pierre Friel, Gia Crovatin.

When the message is absolutely spot on, when the meaning is clear and embracing and yet the scrawl of writing in which it appears dominates and without favour, you tend to forget the significance, the power of what is being said and instead you focus upon the negative. It is not right of course, it is unashamedly poor form to do so, but in the end being human is all we are, and whilst I feel Pretty is a laudable idea, noble even, the near cliched way it was handled leaves it as a film to be admired from a distance but avoided at all costs up close and personal.

Entebbe. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Kamil Lemieszewski, Ben Schnetzer, Nonso Anozie, Mark Ivanir, Juan Pablo Raba, Denis Ménochet,   Andrea Deck, Brontis Jodorowsky, Lior Ashkenazi, Peter Sullivan, Angel Bonanni,  Natalie Stone, Vincent Riotta,      Laurel Lefkow, Yiftach Klein,  Flynn Allen, Gabriel Constantin, Uriel Emil, Laurence Bouvard.

The trouble with history is that it is only in retrospect do you begin to understand how the series of connections fell into place, that the burden we carry for finding that one moment which defines the whole historical fact in an nutshell and the cry of desperation when we find it would be easier to wipe everything away, dismiss all that went before and start again, to wipe away all the accounts and narration away, over and over again.

Avengers: Infinity War. Film Review.


Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Elisabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Idris Elba, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Danai Gurira, Benico Del Toro, Paul Bettany, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Carrie Coon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Dinklage, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Terry Notary, Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Don Cheadle, Marija Juliette Abney.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Courtenay, Glen Powell, Penelope Wilton, Bronagh Gallagher, Dilyana Bouklieva, Kit Connor, Marek Oravec, Steve Carroll, Nicola Pasetti, Andy Gathergood, Emily Patrick, Amil Freeman, Tom Owen.

The idyllic can hold a person’s mind entranced, the beauty of the location a veritable feast for the soul and the easy going nature of the locals, disarming, reassuring and pleasurable; yet in any place which holds the attention of the visitor, there is always the unspoken horrors that may have occurred, that may be pushed down so far into the consciousness that resurrect them is more painful than anyone from the outside can believe.

The Leisure Seekers. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney, Dana Ivey, Dick Gregory, Leander Suleiman, Ahmed Lucan, Gabriella Cila, David Silverman, Lucy Catherine Haskill, Joshua Hoover, Kirsty Mitchell.

We all have that final dream within us, that if the moment comes when we are told there is no hope, that we fight to make hope ours, we go out of the way to remind people that once upon a time, we were incredible and that we should go out the same way, right to the end and the final breath, we must go out the same way we came into the world, as The Leisure Seekers, of always learning, always striving to improve, of seeing hope as our friend.

Rampage. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Demetrius Grosse, Jack Quaid, Breanne Hill, Matt Gerald, Will Yun Lee, Bruce Blackshear, Jason Liles.

The arcade game to which this film takes its name and part of its premise, has all but been lost to the depths of time, a classic of the back street shops that held deep fascination for those who were brought up in an era when gaming was social, your attention divided between the now retro classic, the music and infectious beat and doing your best in front of a crowded room and the urging of friends behind your shoulder to beat the score set by local and undefeated champion of the local arcade.

A Quiet Place. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Leon Russom, Cade Woodward, Doris McCarthy.

We make too much noise, the world is permanently awake through the need to be heard, to have our ideas, our wishes and dreams explored and sung from the highest possible place and to have it echo through other’s ears. We are getting louder, as a species we are dominant in the sound that we create and soon even that quiet place of contemplation we seek, is not going to be a haven of tranquillity, it is going to be a prison in which we realise we have squandered a great gift.

Ghost Stories. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Nicholas Burns, Louise Atkins, Lesley Harcourt, Amy Doyle, Deborah Wastell, Daniel Hill, Christine Dalby, Jill Halfpenny, Billy Sneddon, Maggie McCarthy, Joe Osborne, Maria Major, Ramzan Miah, Benji Ming, Emily Carding, Leonard Byrne, Macie Allen, Ryan Oliva, Samuel Bottomly, Jake Davies, Oliver Woollford, Callum Goulden, Mike Aarons, Derren Brown, Anthony Davis.

Blockers. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating *

Cast: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Romana Young, Kathryn Newton, Ike Barinholtz, Gina Gershon, June Diane Raphael, Gary Cole, Miles Robbins, Geraldine Viswanathan, Graham Phillips, Gideon Adlon, Hannibal Burgess, Colton Dunn, Sarayu Blue, Jake Picking, Jimmy Bellinger.

Think of all the times you have been somewhere and you have felt the excruciating wrench in your stomach which says, you made a wrong choice bud, you messed up pretty good, and the final demand of, well perhaps it cannot get any worse. There have been many moments of those in cinema, there will be a plethora, a veritable feast of cringe more in the big screen’s future but few arguably will surely be seen in the light of day, be buffeted the cold wind of slapped foreheads, than the intensely unlikeable Blockers.

Pacific Rim Uprising. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Zin Zhang, Adria Arjona, Rinko Kikuchi, Karen Brar, Wesley Wong, Ivanna Sakhno, Mackenyu, Lily Ji, Shyrley Rodriguez, Rahart Adams, Levi Meaden, Dustin Clare, Chen Zitong.

There are films that come out of the imagination in which the viewer is perfectly aware of the debt they owe to other cinematic releases, of the plot line and the likelihood of the character’s chances of survival, of the overall plot line, whether it be paper thin or elaborately complex in the writer’s eyes, such films are bread and butter, they are the popcorn and the go to safety net in which to feel the thrill but not ask too many questions afterwards.