All posts by Peter Gray

Film Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (USA, 2016) is enjoyable and visually pleasing but inconsistent

Whilst Tim Burton is far from being back to his winning form, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is at least a step in the right direction for a filmmaker who has always found comfort in showcasing the weird and wonderful. Though the film slightly feels like a fantasy cash-in, much in the way features like Eragon and The Golden Compass did in the wake of the Harry Potter films, Burton embraces the heightened sense of reality screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) – working off Ransom Riggs’s novel – has adopted here, injecting a serious bout of camp into proceedings for good measure.... Continue Reading

Blu-Ray Review: Supergirl Season One (M15+) (USA, 2015)

Adopting a hopeful, cheery personality that aligns itself more with quintessential 90’s outing Lois & Clark over the grittier tone set by Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Supergirl injects some much-needed optimism into the TV comic-book scene which is teetering with becoming an over-saturated market at this stage.  Much like the character herself, the show is strong, likeable and upbeat but not without its flaws, yet it’s in these imperfections that make Supergirl such a watchable product.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (M15+) (USA, 2016)

There’s an extended sequence in Independence Day: Resurgence where an all-powerful queen-bee alien is chasing a Jeff Goldblum-driven school bus across the desert, somehow finding itself unable to keep up with his wild driving skills despite swatting down fighter-jets only moments earlier with unspoiled precision. It’s one of the many moments this large, loud sequel offers without a hint of gravity and, honestly, it’s what makes this film so much damn fun. Refusing to take itself seriously by likening itself to its 20 year-old predecessor, Resurgence thrives on its penchant for nostalgia.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Warcraft: The Beginning (M15+) (USA, 2016)

As someone completely unschooled in the world of Warcraft, I entered the filmic adaptation of the popular video game franchise with an open mind and no expectations.  On its own merits it’s a perfectly serviceable action/fantasy opus that’s heavy on CGI and spectacle but short on much else – not that that is necessarily a bad thing.  A movie like Warcraft isn’t made to tell a fascinating story or keep viewers emotionally invested, it’s here purely to entertain, and though a lot of what transpires on-screen has been seen before (elements of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Avatar and Game of Thrones can arguably be noted) it doesn’t detract from the film overall.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Bastille Day (M15+) (USA/France, 2016)

Though on its own terms Bastille Day is an above-average action thriller with a slew of slick action sequences and enough plot twists to make you dizzy, you can’t help but view it as star Idris Elba’s unofficial audition for the next 007 film, with the actor’s name quite often mentioned as a serious contender to hold that torch once Daniel Craig is ready to pass it on.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Youth (MA15+) (Italy, 2015)

A film that manages to be both reserved yet personal, Youth is a realistically surreal film experience existing on its own plane thanks to the brave direction from Paolo Sorrentino.  Gorgeous imagery and a restful pulse compliment the stunning, oft self-indulgent performances from an excellent cast of performers all masters at their craft.... Continue Reading

Five bosses who could Melissa McCarthy a run for her money

From the devil who wears designer labels to the literal incarnate of evil itself, cinema has long been a platform for employers to be presented as anything but reasonable.  On the eve of Melissa McCarthy doing her best bad boss impersonation in (the appropriately titled) The Boss, here’s a look at five other business heads you can be thankful aren’t over-seeing your day-to-day work routines.... Continue Reading