Author: Tom Hyland

The Week in Trailers #2

You probably thought I was gone, didn’t you? I can hear you now: ‘where, oh where has our sarcastic messiah gone?’. Calm down, calm down. I’ve gone nowhere – both geographically and professionally – and am back for another trailer talk. A sequel if you will. Why haven’t I done one of these for a couple of weeks? Simple, the trailers just weren’t up to snuff. We had a great week for trailers a few weeks back, and since then, the meagre offerings that Hollywood has presented us with have been found wanting. I would have loved nothing more than...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Review

Director: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 133 minutes Rating: 4.5/5 It wouldn’t be unfair to refer to Rogue One as ‘fan service’. When I think of fan service, what comes to mind is dumb pandering to the lowest common denominator – well-known characters making appearances for no good reason, repeated lines of dialogue, and blatantly replicated story beats. Such a devotion to self reference typically triggers my gag reflex. But here’s the rub – Rogue One does all of this, and somehow it works, perhaps even more effectively than last years The Force Awakens. Taking place between Episode III and Episode IV, Rogue...

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The Week in Trailers

If you reading this are anything like me, then 2016 has probably been a rough time for you. Brexit, the rise of Trump, Syria, and a string of high profile celebrity deaths are just some of the things that made this year a damned dumpster fire. But do not despair children, for I, an underachieving Masters student, am here to distract you from your misery with a redundant breakdown of the trailers of the week! From yet another Spider-Man reboot, to Vin Diesel turning on his family (?!), there were a lot of interesting trailers this week. That at least suggests...

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Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ – Review

Ken Loach’s career has spanned fifty years – his first feature film being released in 1967 and having produced numerous teleplays for the BBC as far back as 1964.  It is exceedingly rare for a filmmaker to be working for such a long period: it is rarer still for that filmmaker to still be capable of producing something that carries any semblance of importance or gravitas. Ken Loach not only meets this uncommon criteria – but he surpasses it. His work may never have felt more relevant than it does today. I am of course, referring to his new film, I, Daniel Blake. It tells the...

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Liverpool Book Market at The Bluecoat

Word on the street is that the Bluecoat – the well loved arts and cultural centre on School Lane – is the oldest surviving building in the City Centre. Personally, I’m not convinced. I mean, clearly the Raz pre-dates the Norman Invasion! That would explain the smell at least… but I digress. It bears mentioning that the Bluecoat’s self declared status as ‘the creative hub of Liverpool’, has real merit to it. The Bluecoat showcases visual art, music, dance and literature, hosts events and boasts four galleries, an upstairs bistro, an espresso bar, a courtyard garden and adjoining independent...

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