Star Wars

Whether you love it or hate it, this is arguably the most famous film series ever.  Everyone will recognise the iconic lightsaber battles, the dramatic love stories, and the greatest reveal in cinematic history, but these are just a fraction of what has made this film series endure the test of time.  Though the originals did not have the CGI capabilities, the effects somehow work and add to the character of the film.  The later films rely upon CGI for their effects, but again somehow this goes hand in hand with the originals, and adds to the series in its own way.  George Lucas is a genius.


Jake Sully is assigned to travel to Pandora, an Earth-like utopia, however to survive he needs to become a native of Pandora, a Na’vi.  In his avatar body, he is able to travel and live on Pandora to learn the Na’vi culture and language.  As he does, his priorities turn from research and to the protection of his new family.  Sully’s loyalties change to lie with the Na’vi as he does not want to see them destroyed by his power hungry associates.  Visually stunning, the storyline isn’t unique, but cinematography alone is a reason to watch this beauty of a film.

The Matrix

The Matrix trilogy gave us a reason to be paranoid about the world we live in, and made us question the very knowledge and education that we had always believed to be true.  What is actually true is that Zion is real, and the Matrix is not – the Matrix being a mental stimulus for humans as a power source.  In the Matrix, humans (including The One ie Neo) must have free thinking to be able to choose and make decisions … but do they actually have this freedom or is their every move in their life already decided?


Based on the 1995 film ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Dredd’ seeks to revamp the judge in a new kit with new enemies.  The new enemy, Ma-ma, reigns over Peach Trees, the home to 75,000 citizens and notorious for its high crime rate. The Judges are sent to Peach Trees to investigate the very gory execution of three SLO-MO dealers.  As Dredd is judge, jury and executioner –he seeks to track down the bloodthirsty Ma-ma and her clan and bring them to justice.  It’s gory, it’s not for the fainthearted, but it was a revamp in the right direction.

Donnie Darko

Jake Gyllenhaal is Donnie, a teenager who keeps seeing numerous visions of a large creepy rabbit.  Donnie narrowly escapes death because he saw and followed the rabbit, Frank, outside.  Frank informs him that the world will end in 28 days and begins to manipulate Donnie into committing vandalism and worse.  The only question is, does Donnie have a mental illness causing him to see the rabbit or will the world actually end in 28 days time?  It’s a film that leaves you scratching your head for a while as you’re never quite sure what you’ve just watched.