Ok, so here’s a thing. Darren Aranofsky has made another movie, and it’s one that’ll divide people, that’s for sure. I mean, let’s be honest, this should come as no surprise to us. For anyone that’s seen his past work, he hardly pulls punches when it comes to provocative imagery, challenging subject matter and intensely troubled characters. Requiem for a Dream anyone? Black Swan? Noah? … Continue reading Is ‘mother!’ Aranofsky and Lawrence’s best work?
I recently read a book called Ready Player One that’ll soon be a movie. Which got me thinking how growing up nerd was absurd. So yeah, go ahead, shoot me. Cos I get it. Everyone’s obsessed with the 80s. Which I confess, is so crazy. As when we look back, we just remember the gravy. Nostalgia goggles set to rose-tinted and hazy. But it is … Continue reading Nerds never say die
So Spidey is back – and now with added baby-faced Tom Holland. Back in the day Tobey Maguire had three goes at the role with Sam Raimi directing: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Then Andrew Garfield had a crack with Marc Webb in charge: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). And each, arguably, suffered from the law … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming – review
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
Sitting in the pub with my partner after having just seen Wonder Woman, we got down to the tricky job of dissecting the latest DC offering in a balanced way, lest we get carried away with the hype. (I say we, I’d better recuse her from this review henceforth – as all these opinions are my own. And she’s die-hard Marvel anyway.) Because when I … Continue reading Wonder Woman: a review
‘You say it best, when you say nothing at all.’ Now why am I quoting Ronan Keating? Well, it seemed apt for this review. Given that the (now Oscar-winning) film Moonlight, is a tale where words are used sparingly, so they stand out and have weight. And a lack of words have perhaps even more weight. Particularly these days, when so many films are crammed with … Continue reading Moonlight: tough, tender and touching
The dreaded accent. When a casting director calls an agent and asks if their client can do X accent, the answer always has to be, ‘Of course! Are you kidding? They’re a natural!’. It’s either that or the casting director ALREADY KNOWS the actor in question cannot do said accent for love nor money, but they’re a big star and will pull in audiences regardless … Continue reading Best bad movie accents
Sorry all, it’s time for a little rant. I tried to bottle it up but it’s going to make its way out eventually. So let’s have it and start with exhibit A, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now I haven’t seen it since release, but I rewatched it the other night and have to say, I thought much the same the other night as I did … Continue reading Has Wes Anderson lost his way?
We all knew it would work, didn’t we? Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Arguably, there’s never been a better match of actor and character in a superhero movie (except maybe Jack Nicholson as The Joker, but that was decades ago). And with the addition of Will Smith – reuniting them after their pairing in con film Focus – you know the lion’s share of scenes will have … Continue reading Suicide Squad: The Harley Quinn show
Zap! Crash! Whack! That’s how the old Batman TV show went. And, in 2016, you could say nothing much has changed. At least near the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice… Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review