Ever since receiving critical and awards-season accolades for Tsotsi in 2006, writer/director Gavin Hood has carved a niche for himself in making suspenseful political thrillers, and his latest film, Official Secrets, is another solid entry into the genre. Based on the actual events surrounding real-life whistleblower Katharine Gun, her story has been adapted into a gripping, suspenseful film worth your time and attention for its ominous visuals, engaging performances from its cast led by Keira Knightley, and an eye-opening look at the lengths to which everyone involved went on all sides of Katharine’s case to stand up for what’s right. Read more
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where we have five blockbuster films based off a ride a Disneyworld, yet here we are. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise kicked off in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Due to the huge success of the film and the popularity of Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, three more films followed. 2011’s On Stranger Tides was so negatively reviewed, it seemed the franchise was dead in the water. However, here we are in 2017 with the newest film in the franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales to try to raise this saga from the depths. Read more
One of my favourite historical action flicks continues to surprise me every time I revisit it. Whenever I go back, I notice that one of the main characters has went on to do some really cool projects. Director Antoine Fuqua’s cast for the 2004 film King Arthur is astounding.