Friday, 17 March 2017 23:38

Kong: Skull Island Review

In a cinematic landscape where iconic characters and beloved stories are boiled down to properties that can be milked for every ounce of franchise potential, it’s no surprise to see King Kong resurrected. The giant ape has been a big screen icon since his big screen bow in 1933 and now he’s back and definitely bigger than ever - if not exactly better – in Kong: Skull Island. Though the film manages to capture the scale and presence of an impressively rendered Kong, it fails to bring anything new to the table and leaves its heavyweight cast with very little to do.

Previously best known for scripting I Heart Huckabees with David O. Russell, Jeff Baena makes his debut as a writer/director with zombie dramedy Life After Beth. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly, the film opens this weekend but I sat down with Baena during a busy day of interviews ahead of the film's screening at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival to discuss this film, as well as making the jump to the director's chair. 

Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Despite an overriding sense that Marvel Studios is intent on sticking to safe blockbusters that fit an increasingly formulaic house style – and recent news that further backs up that notion - 2014 has actually been a year of refreshing projects for the studio. Coming off the back of 70's espionage throwback Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Guardians of the Galaxy, a fun, fast-paced space opera written and directed by James Gunn, the man behind twisted dark comedies Slither and Super.

Monday, 30 June 2014 21:53

EIFF 2014: Life After Beth Review

Just when you think you've seen every possible spin on the zombie movie which, however stale it gets remains on of cinema's most popular and enduring genres, along comes a film like Life After Beth to offer some fresh meat for zombie fans - and comedy fans alike - to tuck into.

Friday, 08 June 2012 18:27

Wreck-It Ralph Trailer

John C Reilly heads up Disney's latest CGI offering as a video game character who's sick of being a bad guy and just wants to be liked. The premise has that 'secret world' aspect that made Toy Story and Monster's Inc so funny, let's hope Disney can pull it off as well as Pixar do.

Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:35

We Need To Talk About Kevin Review

A psychological thriller charting the life of a mother who's dealing with grief and guilt after her teenage son Kevin goes on a killing spree at his high school.