The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Review

In some ways we can all relate to the story of Walter Mitty – a man who seems more focused of dreaming his life, than actually living it, until life’s adventure presents itself to him.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows, yes you’ve guessed it, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a photographic editor for LIFE magazine – ironic really, considering life is the one thing missing in Walter’s…well…life!

A day-dreamer at heart, Walter lives in a fantasy world full of adventure, danger, and heroism around every corner. The only problem with fantasy, is sooner or later you have to wake up in the real world.

So when his career, and the careers of those around him, are plunged into jeopardy, Walter awakens from his day dreams of heroism, romance, and adventure, and steps out into the real world in search of the missing ‘front cover’ photograph that could save his, and their, jobs – though all his dreaming could never have prepared Walter for the adventure he’s about to embark on.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a sensational piece of cinematic perfection that will have you looking at life in a whole new light, and eager to begin your own journey, exploring the magical wonders that this world has to offer you.

Man of Steel – Review

The screen adaption of the oldest and most loved superhero franchise in history has always been a feat that many world-class filmmakers have struggled to overcome – so when news first broke that the mastermind behind The Dark Knight trilogy would write and produce a Superman reboot, many believed salvation had arrived.

With Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) penning the script and Zach Snyder (300) taking control of the directors helm, fans around the world started to believe that their beloved Supermanwould finally receive the big screen justice he so rightly deserved – especially after the fiasco that was Superman Returns back in 2006.

Man of Steel (2013) wastes no time delving into the core roots of Superman and the planet Krypton, the doomed world he once called home. For first time we finally uncover the real reason behind Krypton’s demise, which came about due to the planet being stripped bare of all its natural resources.

Jor-El (Russell Crowe), aware that his planet is dying, sacrifices his own life to ensure the survival of his infant son, Kal-El, by sending him to Earth, far away from the clutches of General Zod (Michael Shannon). Raised by Jonathon and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), Kal-El, known now as Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), begins to develop his powers and over time realize the true purpose of his life on Earth.

His true test of his strength comes after a chance meeting with ruthless reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams), in the remote snow plains of Northern Canada, which enevitably leads to the invasion of Earth by General Zod. With the prospect of re-building Krypton on Earth, but at a grave cost to humanity, Superman must decide with what species his allegiance lies, and accept his true destiny.

Man of Steel is to Superman, what The Dark Knight trilogy is to Batman – this film is a spectacle that cannot be missed. With an all-star cast that bring the characters alive like never before, and a world-class team at the controls, delivering a sensational story and out of this world special effects, Man of Steel

Bates Motel (Season 1) – Review

It’s one of the most iconic horror films in history, with the famous shower scene that made men and women the world over lock their bathroom doors when showering, specially in motels. Now Alfred Hitchcock‘s horror masterpiece, Psycho, has been adapted into a hit television show, centering on the young life of Norman Bates before Marion Crane ever checked in.

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore star in A&E’s new horror series, Bates Motel.

The first series of Bates Motel, which is currently available on Netflix in the UK, follows mother and son, Norma and Norman Bates (played by Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore), who, reeling from the loss of Norman’s father, move to a sleepy Oregon town to start a new life, and purchase what soon becomes the infamous Bates Motel.

Set in the present day, Bates Motel follows Norman in his teenage years as his fragile psychological state soon begins to unravel in a series of murders as the young teenager battles the desire to live a normal life with a mother hellbent on keeping to herself forever. One of the key back stories of Hitchcock‘s 1960’s Oscar-winning film is the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother Norma, and how they became the infamous serial killing partnership we see in Psycho.

Bates Motel Episode 1 sees Norma and Norman move to the infamous Bates Motel.

It’s certainly a tall order to take one of the most loved horror classics and turn it into a hit television series, but it seems NBC Universal and A&E has managed exactly that, with reviews of the 10 episode series praising the remake for it’s gritty, eye-opening look at the well known characters.

Vera Farmiga (Source Code [2011], The Departed [2006]) and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005], August Rush [2007]) are truly a formidable partnership who really bring the intricate and unnerving relationship of this murderous mother and son to life in a whole new way. Supported by an outstanding cast, including Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street [2012]), Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction [2014]), and Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight[2008]), Bates Motel sets out to show us the dark, sinister, and murderous side of America’s most famous motel.

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore star in Bates Motel (TV, 2013- ).

The first series of Bates Motel can be seen in the UK on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Netflix, while series two, which has just finished it’s run in the US on A&E will be available on Netflix in the coming months. For those who can’t wait that long, Season 2 is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 13th 2014, you can pre-order it now via Amazon.

Who’s in it?

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates