Edgar Wright first came to most people’s attention with his Cornetto trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). In-between, he threw in a career highlight – the utter batshit curveball that was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). For lo, it contained a truckload of cool music and a baby-faced lead (Michael Cera), whose character was part of … Continue reading Baby Driver: the musical that wasn’t
You wake on cracked earth. Your entire body feels chapped and hurts.
What happened? You remember drinks, cards and a casino. Continue reading The desert
The blank page; the bane of a fledgling writer. You stare in vain, willing your brain to dredge up an idea that lights up. But nothing good comes. So you sit there hollow and numb. This part of the process? The complete absence of fun. When will that inspired concept strike? As lurid day gives way to turgid night you stare out the window as … Continue reading Seeking inspiration in the wrong places
Ronnie and Reggie. They almost sound sweet don’t they? Like Bill and Ben the flower pot men. But they’re not. Far from it. Ronald and Reginald Kray were possibly the scariest two brothers you could hope to meet (or pray not to meet) in London in the ’50s and ’60s. Born identical twins in 1933, they worked their way up the organised crime ladder to … Continue reading Legend: Hardy gives us both barrels
Will Smith is a movie star. An A-lister. Granted he’s been off his game lately, but he’s not done with the box office yet. And Margot Robbie is a rising talent and undeniably one of the most beautiful actresses working today. Sticking the two of them together in a caper about con artists seems like a good idea on paper. They can both hold the … Continue reading Focus: Smith and Robbie zing but the plot falls flat
What is it with American teenagers? Guns, drugs, crime. Sound good right? Well, some of these movies are true tales, and take it that little bit too far. Continue reading Deluded brats: The American dream
The first season of a new show based on a film could go one of two ways… obviously. In that it could sink like a soggy souffle or it could surprise and delight both fans of the original film – directed by the Coen brothers – and bring in new fans alike. Largely this show has, pleasingly, done the latter. Following in the footsteps of … Continue reading Fargo: first season review
When mentioning that I was going to see The Place Beyond the Pines I referred to it as ‘the latest Ryan Gosling movie’, which is fair, given the trailer. However, it’s not an out-and-out Gosling movie, not entirely. I’ll explain, but first, the setup. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a motorcyle stunt rider who works for a travelling fairground. We start with the obligatory ‘Gosling torso … Continue reading The Place Beyond The Pines…Schenectady
I’ve had a disastrous morning. Not the most upbeat way to start a post, but hang in there. I dropped a full jar of honey on the floor which shattered. Honey and glass is impossible to clean up. Then banged my heel in the shower, spilt hot tea on my leg, lost half my breakfast in the toaster – the part I salvaged I managed … Continue reading Ben Affleck: a directorial phoenix emerges!