Thursday, 25 February 2016

Trumbo, Spotlight and Concussion

The film most people will mention when discussing Spotlight is All The Presidents Men, perhaps the most famous of all movies about journalism. The only real similarity between the two is that they, in the loosest possible terms, are about journalists uncovering a major scandal. Alan J Pakula's film is the more stylish of the two whilst Spotlight is filmed far simply thus allowing the story, performances and script to become the main driving force. Spotlight is a film without any directorial flourishes, it a controversial story simply told that wants the main focus to be on the story not superficial directorial touches.

Sunday, 14 February 2016


Note that there are possible spoilers in the review, but I haven't mentioned anything that isn't in the trailer.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Big Short

In 2008 Michael Burry realises that a number of subprime home loans are likely to default, this means that the entire housing market will collapse. To the shock and delight of the banks Michael Burry bets against the housing market banking on it collapse, something that hardly ever happens. Little do they know that, in the near future, the market will collapse like never before. However, Burry's actions don't go unnoticed and there are others who also want a piece of the action.