Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – David Yates

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends at Hogwarts are ready for another year at the magical school, one that will shape them, and set them on a course towards a final confrontation with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and will change everything. The sixth film in the series once again ups the stakes for all of…

Cloud Atlas (2012) – Lana & Lilly Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

I remember hearing about Cloud Atlas while it was in production and that Tom Hanks was being associated with it, as well as the directors of The Matrix. Consequently, I made sure to pick up a copy of the novel, by David Mitchell from the local library and worked my way through it, enjoying how…

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – Sharon Maguire

Helen Fielding’s bestselling novel, Brdiget Jones’s Diary gets adapted to the big screen by Fielding, Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis. And while some may take exception with the casting of Rene Zellweger in the role, and not an actual Brit actor (I would say that allowed the film a more international opportunity) she handles it…

Time Bandits (1981) – Terry Gilliam

Back in 1981 or 1982, on a free Super Channel or First Choice weekend I received my first introduction to the cinematic stylings of Terry Gilliam with Time Bandits. An odd, decidedly British science fiction adventure film, it is also one of the recommendations (following T2) as I return to the Action genre of the…

Filth (2013) – Jon S. Baird

  Releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray today is this adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, and gives James McAvoy an opportunity to tear up the screen with a brilliant performance. He plays Bruce, a police officer in Scotland, who is a hard ass, a cynic, a bit of a racist, and fits right in with the…

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Edgar Wright

  The 101 Action Movies gave me a chance to settle in and enjoy (yet again) this hilarious action comedy from the same team who brought us the amazing Shaun of the Dead. This time around Simon Pegg is playing Nicholas Angel, a London cop, who according to his supervisors, played by Martin Freeman, Steve…

Brazil (1985) – Terry Gillilam

  In this entry of the 101 Sci-Fi Movies we have illegal air conditioning repair, bureaucracy, vivid dreams, consumerism a keep calm and carry on attitude and mountains of paperwork. Terry Gilliam’s films have always been odd, eccentric, and you either like them or you don’t, there’s usually no two ways about it. Personally I…