Unlike Easter, New Years Day or the summer solstice there’s a wealth of Christmas themed films. Ranging from the saccharine Miracle on 34th Street to the bitter Bad Santa, there’s a Christmas movie out there for every taste. So, in the run up to Christmas, we got our writers to tell us about their personal festive favourite. Up now is Joe Morrison who wants to tell us how the Christmas-set creature feature Gremlins gleefully subverts the very notion of Christmas movies.
Release Date: 19 November 2015
Running Time: 137 min
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore
Katniss Everdeen is back to close out The Hunger Games trilogy with this, the fourth film in the series. Obviously inspired by Harry Potter and the Two Part Finale, Mockingjay has been split into two movies. Presumably this is in order to honour every single last detail of the story and absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the studio can get away with making punters pay twice to watch the series conclusion. At least when Douglas Adams claimed that The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was a trilogy of five books he was making a joke.
Bond is back after his longest absence from cinema screens with GoldenEye, the first Bond film of the 90s and the debut for new Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
Release Date: 26 October 2015
Running Time: 148 min
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, Naomie Harris
Prowling the streets of Mexico City in a top hat and skull mask, James Bond blends in with the crowd at the Day of the Dead festival. He stalks his prey through the skeleton garlanded streets, weaving through throngs of masked revellers and musicians. It’s only when Bond catches up with his target some five minutes later that the gliding camera stops and Spectre’s lengthy opening tracking shot ends. It’s a bold, swaggering introduction that nods its head to the famous starting sequence of Welles’ Touch of Evil, and is perhaps the most technically impressive piece of filmmaking in the Bond series to date.
With a new lead actor in Timothy Dalton, the franchise reinvents itself. The Living Daylights sees Bond involved in the murky world of Cold War espionage as he investigates a recently defected Soviet general’s abduction by the KGB.
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