X+Y (Morgan Matthews, 2014)
In 2007, documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews explored the world of autistic maths geniuses in his film, Beautiful Young Minds. Here he followed a select few British students as they trained and competed for a place in the final team at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). With his latest film (and first non-documentary feature) X + Y he melds together various characters and themes from this earlier doco to create a thoroughly affecting fictional piece. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: X + Y
Paddington (Paul King, 2014)
After more than fifty years, Michael Bond’s beloved children’s book character comes to life, and he is one adorable bear. Seemingly sticking quite close to the original story – though not quite enough according to the diehards – Paddington ventures from darkest Peru to the hustle and bustle of London town.
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Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014)
This 60th anniversary reboot of Godzilla had the potential to be rather terrible. From all reports the last Godzilla (Roland Emmerich, 1998) was just that, and who could really be surprised when the director had a name like Roland? I have seen the original Japanese film, Gojira (Ishirô Honda1954) and though I can’t remember much about it, I recall that it was decent, or at least by 1950s standards (pretty sure Godzilla was a dinosaur figurine). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Godzilla