Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

28 Feb

Poster for 2015 action-comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 29th January 2015
Runtime: 129 minutes
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Samantha Womack, Geoff Bell, Sophie Cookson, Mark Hamill
Synopsis: A teen tearaway finds himself thrown into a world of gentlemen spies and an evil environmentalist plot.



In 2010, Matthew Vaughn gave the superhero movie an enormous kick up the rear end with Kick-Ass. The film was great fun, with just enough in the way of prickly edges to make it the antidote to conventionality that the genre desperately needed. After a detour to make X-Men: Days of Future Past, Vaughn is shaking things up again with Kingsman: The Secret Service – his take on the gentleman spy movie.

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Review – Son of a Gun

27 Feb

Poster for 2015 Australian action movie Son of a Gun

Genre: Action
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 30th January 2015
Runtime: 109 minutes
Director: Julius Avery
Writer: Julius Avery
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman
Synopsis: When he is helped in prison by an avuncular armed robber, a young lad finds himself involved in a perilous prison break and a huge gold heist.



In the midst of Oscars season, cinemas are full of talky, artsy films that focus on tortured geniuses or inspirational historical figures. Against that backdrop, sun-baked Aussie actioner Son of a Gun from debut director Julius Avery is something of an anomaly. Thankfully, it’s a thrilling and exciting anomaly that deserves to find a tonne of popularity as a popcorn favourite.

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Oscars 2015 – Birdman wins big, but Boyhood will live on

23 Feb

The Oscars 2015 were announced last night

The 87th Academy Awards were announced last night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. I was live blogging the event all of the way through the night for the Bournemouth Rock website, commenting on every twist and turn.

Neil Patrick Harris proved a fun, if divisive, host and the majority of the awards went just as predictably as they always do. However, there was a huge surprise in store as, in the later stages of Oscars 2015, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s offbeat dramedy Birdman began to win many of the big awards.

This culminated in Birdman winning the coveted award for Best Picture, leaving long-time frontrunner Boyhood in its wake.

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Oscars 2015 – Full Predictions

22 Feb

The Popcorn Muncher's coverage of the Oscars 2015

Tonight is the night. The Oscars 2015 have arrived. Here are the final predictions, in all categories, from The Popcorn Muncher for the big night.

For more detail, check out my previous prediction posts and all of my ongoing Oscars coverage.

I will be covering the event live for the Bournemouth Rock newspaper, so be sure to check out that page from approximately 11pm GMT.

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Oscars 2015 – The Big Best Picture Row

22 Feb

The Popcorn Muncher's coverage of the Oscars 2015

Tonight, the 87th Academy Awards will be announced live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This week on The Popcorn Muncher, I’ve been running through my predictions for the major categories, including acting, writing and directing.

I’ve already predicted the Best Picture winner, but once again, I’ve asked a selection of guest contributors to advocate for each of the films up for the big prize at Oscars 2015. The debate was a big success last year and, this year, I hope it will be another great read.

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Review – Trash

21 Feb

Poster for 2015 Brazilian drama Trash

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 30th January 2015
Runtime: 114 minutes
Director: Stephen Daldry
Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
Synopsis: Three favela kids see their lives suddenly change when one of them discovers a wallet in a pile of rubbish, which holds the key to a huge conspiracy.



A foreign language drama about three children in the grubby favelas of Brazil doesn’t seem like obvious subject matter for the director of Billy Elliot. Stephen Daldry though, with Trash, manages to conjure up a film that, for the most part, recalls the globe-trotting euphoria of Slumdog Millionaire.

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Oscars 2015 – Predicting the Academy Awards: Best Picture

20 Feb

The Popcorn Muncher's coverage of the Oscars 2015

There’s only a little over 48 hours to go until the 87th Academy Awards rolls into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. We will soon know who has won big at Oscars 2015, but before that, The Popcorn Muncher is predicting who will scoop the golden statuettes.

I’ve already predicted the acting prizes and writing/directing gongs for the Oscars 2015, but who will win the big one? Here, I run down the films in the running for Best Picture.

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