Articles Posted in the " Penélope Cruz " Category

  • The Counsellor

    After years of pitting his luckless protagonists against gladiators, Saracens, cannibals, jihadis, aliens, Incas, replicants and even more aliens, a scattering of Mexican gangsters feels like a pretty low-key threat for Ridley Scott’s latest. And so it proves. With characters ranging from the forgettable to the insufferable and a plot that makes even less sense…



  • I’m So Excited

    Pedro Almodóvar’s latest brightly-coloured offering to the cinematic landscape is a hefty move away from the dark, stirring masterpieces that catapulted him as one of today’s most stylish directors. I’m So Excited is more akin to the likes of Airplane! (whilst being simultaneously the opposite, because Airplane! is actually hilarious and this film is not) than anything like The Skin I Live In. Shoving cheesy 80s wit and iridescent montages into a blender, I’m So Excited will try to convince you that tasteless stupidity, bright colours and nonsensical characters boasts a great film. Unsurprisingly, it does not.


  • Top 10 improvised lines in films

    Some days it feels like every ruddy actor out there is getting on set and making shit up. With all of the apocryphal stories about improvised lines and made up scenes you begin to wonder why Hollywood still needs screenwriters at all. Normally these tales are 100% bull. And no matter how many times Dustin Hoffman says he made up the “I’m walking here!” line we all know that he really didn’t. Every now and then though something comes along that just feels real. So here are the best, non-surgically enhanced wowza lines in cinema history. (Hello Boys! Yeah, they’re real.)


  • To Rome With Love

    Having recently tackled Barcelona and Paris, Woody Allen this time aims his light-hearted European whimsy-canon at “The Eternal City” of Rome in a bright and breezy affair that’s amusing, without ever being funny, and interesting, without ever making you care.





  • Master and Commander, and other seafaring films to watch drunk

    Last weekend, we ventured to the Isle of Wight to attend the world’s first ever Sail-In Cinema event. Imagine it – not only is Russell Crowe on a boat in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, but YOU ARE TOO! Aromascope ain’t got nuffin on this. Join us as we attempt to shake a whisky and fresh air-induced hangover and track down the other nautical films best watched whilst three sheets to the wind…