Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Imagine if Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) had a sense of humour. I feel like maybe that was writer-director Joe Carnahan’s pitch to the studio. Or maybe he just said… imagine a deranged Toby Huss with a machine gun and a set of balloons, shooting up a police precinct. For those not in the know, Toby is best known from the superb TV show, Halt … Continue reading Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Should you celebrate your name? I think so. Be proud, I say. After all, it’s your name. And thinking on my own name being one of the oldest in the world — it stands to reason that it would’ve turned up in quite a few movies and TV shows. So I decided to investigate. Here are a few favourites. Sean Astin as Mikey in The … Continue reading My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Top ten alternative Christmas movies

Now is the time of year when a lot of people become insufferable, spouting their Christmas cheer all over the place. And I bet there was a good chance you reacted negativel to me saying that, right? Probably with something like, ‘Don’t be a scrooge! Cheer up, it’s chriiiissstmaaas!’ Well, this is exactly the sort of thing that drives me mad. To be honest, I’d … Continue reading Top ten alternative Christmas movies

The rise of the action woman

Recently I was listening to a podcast with Alicia Vikander, one where she talked about her role as the new Lara Croft and how the character has been rebooted as a more realistic heroine for modern women. She mentioned how it seems there’s momentum these days, indeed appetite, towards high quality, well put together, action-driven films that feature a female lead. She mentioned Charlize Theron … Continue reading The rise of the action woman

Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

Is your screenplay complete without a good elevator scene? Probably not. As a director can you forgive yourself for not including one? No. So there’s the argument, an open-and-shut case. Any film worth its salt has an elevator scene, so here are a few I’ve picked out I rather like. What would make your list? Drive Oddly tender yet completely brutal, here Ryan Gosling’s character … Continue reading Top 10 elevator scenes in movies

Spy: McCarthy prods buttock

After lengthy success in TV (Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly), Melissa McCarthy finally broke through to film in 2011’s Bridesmaids, almost stealing the whole thing from the rest of the cast. In 2013 she received critical and commercial acclaim for The Heat with Sandra Bullock and, last year, starred opposite Bill Murray in quirky comedy St. Vincent. So she’s been building to a big project … Continue reading Spy: McCarthy prods buttock

Trailer park: monster, soldier, secret service

Time for a quick look ahead at the trailers of some films coming up. If you’re unfamiliar, I do these little ‘trailer park’ blogs from time to time of upcoming films that I’d like to see. For this one, I’m focusing on one out now and two out soon: a gritty historical action tale, an alternative type of sci-fi and a tongue-in-cheek action flick. ’71 … Continue reading Trailer park: monster, soldier, secret service