Film Review: Framing John DeLorean

Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce’s Framing John DeLorean is a riveting documentary. The filmmakers exhibit adept storytelling, keeping viewers hooked throughout. 

Through interviews, archive footage, and reenactments, Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce tell the story of the rise and fall of American inventor and executive John DeLorean, who changed the automotive industry in the 20th century…

Framing John DeLorean is a clever title that can be interpreted in multiple ways. Firstly there is the issue of the number of film ideas which were never realised. Then there is the different sides to the protagonist. And finally, the title can be seen as a play on the famous court case that John was involved with. The filmmakers promise a big story with their opening gambit. And they deliver it with aplomb. The film should prove illuminating to both those accustomed to the story of DeLorean and those who merely know the name. 

Framing John DeLorean combines archive footage, interviews with those who knew him intimately, as well as a variety talking heads. It also includes dramatic reenactment. The film goes beyond interspersing archive footage with dramatic adaptation, pulling in opinion from even the actors themselves. Argott and Joyce make it clear that there are different interpretations of key incidents, as well as the man himself. 

The narrative runs in a mostly chronological form, giving a rise-and-fall tale which is most gripping. The filmmakers approach this from multiple directions, considering interviews from the time, and the thoughts of his colleagues and family members to draw their depiction. These various aspects are weaved together with great skill. Framing John DeLorean is edited well, lingering when necessary but never losing its pace. There is something authentic about the storytelling – that questions can be heard, and that actors give their input give the film a collaborative feel. 

Although there is some darkness to the story, there is a welcome sense of levity. Some aspects are humorous, and filmmakers promote this. Likewise, more somber reflection is treated with the seriousness it deserves. Performances by Alec Baldwin and Monica Baccarin are very good. Filmmakers situate viewers in the period we’ll, with both the reenactment footage and the use of clips. 

Framing John DeLorean is a great documentary. The superb storytelling and leaves viewers wanting more. 

Framing John DeLorean is available on Digital Download from 29th July 2019.

Previews: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Trailer, More!

Plenty to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer, Downton Abbey, The Flood, and more…

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Trailer

Here is the brand new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer. Earlier in-world posters from the film were revealed. Quentin Tarantino’s latest stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor, and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. Also starring Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits UK screens on 14th August 2019.

Downton Abbey Trailer

Above is the first full trailer for the upcoming Downton Abbey film. Written by television series creator Julian Fellowes, the film sees the return of the main cast including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Michelle Dockery. Downton Abbey will be released in UK cinemas on 13th September 2019.

The Flood Trailer

Here is the trailer for The Flood. The film, directed by Anthony Woodley, is about an immigration officer and her interrogation of a young man seeking asylum. Starring Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headley and Iain Glen, and Ivanno Jeremiah, The Flood will be released in cinemas and on demand from 21st June 2019.

Framing John DeLorean Trailer

Framing John DeLorean is a documentary-drama about the rise and fall of automotive executive John DeLorean. The film mixes interviews and archival footage with re-enactments featuring Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, and Josh Charles. Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, Framing John DeLorean will be available on Digital Download from 29th July 2019.

Pavarotti Trailer

Here is the first trailer for upcoming film Pavarotti. Directed by Ron Howard, the documentary focuses on the life and career of the late opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. With unique access to home movies, family archives, and behind the scenes footage, Pavarotti will be released in UK cinemas on 15th July 2019.

Film Review: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation

The fifth instalment in the franchise, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a formulaic but finely executed action thriller.

Ethan Hunt is convinced of the presence of a shadowy organisation known as The Syndicate. When the IMF are called into question, it is down to Ethan and his small team to trace and combat the rogue group…

The Mission: Impossible film franchise bucks the trend of movie series in that it seems to improve with every instalment. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation follows the same tread as its predecessors. The big set pieces are present, along with jet-setting adventure, espionage intrigue, and jokes to lighten the mood. Nevertheless director and writer Christopher McQuarrie pulls off the action thriller with some aplomb.

The narrative focuses on the official disbanding of the IMF, and Ethan’s drive to uncover The Syndicate. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is very much about espionage. The film harks back to Cold War sensibilities, with the mysterious double agent trope, and the shiftiness of spy agencies. This works well to provide a backdrop and reasoning for the action that unfolds in the film.

What makes Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation so successful is the way it has been executed. Pacing in the film is excellent, with little let up between action sequences. These action sequences are great, with cinematography, sound and effects all working together well. Panoramic shots make the most of exotic locales featured in the film.

Tom Cruise is as active as ever as Ethan Hunt, upping the stunt stakes even further in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Alex Baldwin is a good addition to the returning cast. Rebecca Ferguson is decent as the sole female character Ilsa, a suitably complex role. However, it is a shame that she is reduced to voyeuristic  shots in skimpy attire. He skills and physical prowess suggest that she is little more than eye candy, which makes these shots feel all the more dated. Nevertheless, this is one negative of a great film overall.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is a tremendously entertaining film which should thrill fans of the franchise.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of film previews this week, with Mad Max: Fury RoadSpyPoltergeist and more…


Above is the teaser trailer for documentary Amy. Filmmaker Asif Kapadia looks at the life of late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. From the footage here, she is depicted as quiet personality, perhaps debunking tabloid representations. Amy is set for release in UK cinemas on 3rd July 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Here is the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It was announced this morning that six minutes of footage from Mad Max: Road Fury will be shown before screenings of Fast & Furious 7 exclusively at Odeon cinemas from 3rd April. Mad Max: Fury Road will hit the big screen on 14th May 2015.


Director Paul Feig teams up again with Melissa McCarthy for Spy. Also starring Jason Statham and Jude Law, McCarthy plays a desk-bound CIA agent who goes undercover on a dangerous case. Spy will be released in UK cinemas on 5th June 2015.



I have chosen to feature this terrifying-looking poster as I want everyone to experience the same discomfort I felt when first glancing upon it. The Poltergeist remake, which stars Sam Rockwell, is set for release in UK cinemas on 22nd May 2015.

Terminator: Genisys

What this latest TV spot for Terminator: Genisys shows us is that robots age. This latest Terminator film stars Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. It will be interesting to see whether Schwarzenegger can bring back the magic of the first two films. Terminator: Genisys hits the big screen on 3rd July 2015.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Speaking of ageing action heroes… No! The trailer for the latest Mission: Impossible movie is here, and looks as action-packed as ever. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation sees the return of Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner, alongside newcomers Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. The film is released in UK cinemas on 30th July 2015.

The Falling

Carol Morley’s The Falling is about a fainting epidemic at a girls’ school in the 1960s. Starring Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and newcomer Florence Pugh, The Falling is out in cinemas on 24th April in the UK.

Stuff To Look At

A treasure trove of film stuff, including the latest Thor: The Dark World trailer, Muppets Most Wanted and more…

Thor: The Dark World

Here is the new Thor: The Dark World trailer. It looks as if it will bring the same blend of action and comedy as its predecessor and Avengers Assemble. Thor: The Dark World is set for release in UK cinemas on 30th October 2013.

Muppets Most Wanted

The teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted (formerly known as The Muppets… Again) was released this week. There are plenty of celebrity appearances it seems, with Ricky Gervais taking the human lead. Muppets Most Wanted is due for release in Spring 2014.

Upstream Colour

Upstream Color poster

I have seen Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour and can report it is well worth the watch. The film is rather abstract, but is absorbing viewing. Upstream Colour is released in UK cinemas on 30th August 2013.

Blue Jasmine

Here is the trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine. Set in San Francisco, the film features Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin. From the trailer alone, it looks as if Blanchett will be fantastic. Blue Jasmine is released in UK cinemas on 27th September 2013.

We’re The Millers

Here is a featurette on We’re The Millers, the new comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. From previously trailers, the film looks as if it could be pretty funny. We’re The Millers is released in the UK on 23rd August 2013.

Film Review: Rock of Ages

Based on the successful musical, Rock of Ages is a lot of fun. The film’s tone makes it hugely enjoyable.

New in Hollywood, Sherrie dreams of making it as a singer. Drew, a barman at the infamous Bourbon Club, has similar dreams. When Drew gets Cherrie a job at the club, the pair are smitten. Others, however, are more preoccupied with Stacee Jaxx’s upcoming gig…

Set in 1987, Rock of Ages is a homage to 1980s hair metal. Understandably, music of this genre features heavily, so those not keen on it will instantly be put off. The rest of viewers should find Rock of Ages‘ soundtrack entirely appropriate, and fun in a sing-a-long kind of way.

What makes Rock of Ages work well is the tone, which is evident from the very beginning of the film. It is clear from the outset that this musical does not take itself too seriously. There is humour to be found throughout the film, from the hokey dialogue and use of music to some deliberately excessive performances.

In spite of this lightness in atmosphere, there are some more serious themes present in Rock of Ages. Sherrie’s time in Hollywood is not quite the dream that she expected, while Drew struggles with chasing his dream and the reality of the music business. Comment on musical creativity and its relationship with corporate domination is played out unambiguously.

Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta are well cast as leads Sherrie and Drew. It is the supporting cast who overshadow, however. Tom Cruise is fantastic as Stacee Jaxx. Cruise playing a strung-out but seductive rock star probably raises some eyebrows, but his performance is entirely in keeping with the tone of the film. Elsewhere, Alec Baldwin brings the humour, as does Catherine Zeta-Jones. Russell Brand is not quite as amusing, and his patchy accent can be a distraction.

Fans of 1980s music and pop culture should find Rock of Ages immensely entertaining. It is the sort of film that will leave viewers with a smile on their face.

Trailer Round-Up

This week two new trailers have been released for upcoming animated features. The first trailer for remake Total Recall has also been unleashed, as well as a new trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator.


ParaNorman is a new animated feature about a young boy who can speak to the dead. The film seems to be in a similar vein to Coraline, albeit with more humour and less terror. ParaNorman, which features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and John Goodman, is released on 14th September 2012.

Rise of the Guardians

Nothing to do with the owl film of a similar name, Rise of the Guardians is based on William Joyce’s book ‘The Guardians of Childhood’. The film is about a number of fantastical characters who team up in order to protect the world’s children. Rise of the Guardians features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine and Alec Baldwin. The film is being released on 30th November 2012.

The Dictator

This week, the full trailer for The Dictator was released. It gives us more of an indicator of the plot for the film, and its not exactly what I was expecting. The film looks more like a traditional comedy than an outrageous satire. Hopefully Sacha Baron Cohen will provide plenty of laughs regardless. The Dictator was released on 18th May 2012.

Total Recall

The first full trailer for Len Wiseman’s remake of sci-fi classic Total Recall. Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 adaptation of the Philip K. Dick’s short story has a lot of fans, so it will be interesting to see the kind of reception this version will receive. Total Recall is released on 22nd August 2012.