John Michael McDonagh is perhaps best known for black comedies set in the sinister, sprawling vistas of Ireland, but he’s arrived in sunnier climes for his latest feature, The Forgiven. Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Lawrence Osborne, the drama sees functioning alcoholic David (Ralph Fiennes) and his glamourous wife Jo (Jessica Chastain) arrive in Morocco to attend the luxury desert retreat of friends Richard (Matt Smith) and Dally (Caleb Landry Jones) for a weekend fuelled by booze and narcotics. Tragedy strikes whilst on their way to the party, and the couple are soon forced to face the consequences of their actions.Continue reading “DVD review: The Forgiven”
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DVD review: The Lego Batman Movie
After the huge success of 2004’s Lego Movie written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the foundations were laid for a lucrative brick-built franchise. The pair return to produce the spin-off which focuses on the caped crusader voiced again by Will Arnett. With the directorial duties picked up by Chris McKay, the story sees Bruce Wayne adopt excitable orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) after some encouragement from his loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) to hang up his cape and cowl for good. However, when his arch-nemesis The Joker (Zach Galifianiakis) hatches a wicked plan that coincides with the appointment of new commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson), he must take action to protect Gotham City from a gang of super-villains.
DVD review: Spectre
Following their hugely successful collaboration on Skyfall, director Sam Mendes and actor Daniel Craig reunite for their second and possibly final mission with ‘Spectre’. Taking place shortly after the aforementioned predecessor, a merger between MI5 and MI6 and the introduction of a surveillance agreement could cause the 00 section of intelligence to be surplus to requirements, much to the dismay of M (Ralph Fiennes). Against orders, Bond goes on a rogue assignment given to him from beyond the grave to track down and kill a man called Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona). In doing so, he discovers the global criminal organisation which gives the film its name led by Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and meets Dr Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) along the way.