Black Mass.

Telling the story of the criminal rise of Boston kingpin  James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Black Mass struggles to ever really rise off of the ground. Following his movements and progressions within the South Boston underworld, we spend two decades with Bulger and the rest of the Winter Hill Gang. Everything is loosely told through the recollections of … Continue reading

The Imitation Game.

This is a story about several tragedies. The tragedies of war and the tragedy of one man and his ill-treatment by so many. Alan Turing should be on British currency; that’s the belief of Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor responsible for bringing the great mathematician to the big screen. The Imitation Game was advertised to us as … Continue reading

August: Osage County.

Following a tragic event, the Weston family children, consisting of three sisters, return to the sticky heat of their childhood home, just outside of Oklahoma. The film’s title provides the place and time of this story. The Weston sisters are parented by Beverley and Violet. They have an alcoholic poet for a father and a … Continue reading

12 Years a Slave.

Out of this year’s nine Academy Award ‘Best Picture’ nominees it is possible that 12 Years a Slave has had the most publicity; closely followed by Gravity. Adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave tells a story of truth; a fact that makes the film even harder to watch and more tragic to accept. The injustice of … Continue reading

The Fifth Estate.

When I first saw the trailer for Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate I was a little concerned at just how quickly this story was hitting the silver screen. After all, WikiLeaks was only founded seven years ago. The controversy and historical significance of this organisation are still developing. When entering and leaving the cinema I was very aware that … Continue reading