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.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 21:38

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

The 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' is a massive, money-spinning juggernaut that has taken franchise filmmaking to another level. Marvel Studios maybe didn't invent the idea of a shared universe for its characters but it's certainly set the gold standard that every other studio is currently flailing to replicate. So confident are they in their product, they've announced a release slate of films for the next five years, throwing more characters into a stew that's already bubbling over with comic book heavy hitters.

Friday, 20 February 2015 15:35

Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a pastiche of Moore-era Bond films via the twisted sensibilities of comic book guru Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn – the team behind Kick-Ass – and it's every bit as violent, ridiculous, provocative and flat-out enjoyable as that sounds.

It's hard to make a character like Captain America work in a modern day setting. His old-fashioned earnestness and old-school patriotism is on the surface completely at odds with the cynicism of today's world but the choice to model Captain America: The Winter Soldier after the great conspiracy thrillers of the 1970's proves to be inspired.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:11

RoboCop Review

Remakes and reboots have become such a fixture of the movie release schedule that rather than bemoan the death of original cinema – it's still there if you look for it – it's easier just to accept their existence and hope for the best. It may be that the bar has been set so low by limp retreads like Total Recall that any half-decent remake feels like a success, but Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verheoven's 1987 cult classic RoboCop is better than it has any right to be.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:51

Red Band Trailer for Spike Lee's Oldboy

After releasing the poster earlier in the week, the first trailer for Spike Lee's Oldboy has hit the internet. The film is a remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean film of the same name which has become a cult classic, putting this remake under extreme scrutiny right away. Anyone familiar with the original will be intrigued to see what Lee, a very different filmmaker to Park, can do with the material and those who have never seen it are in for one of cinema's best mysteries. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013 00:00

Django Unchained Review

After rewriting World War II with Inglorious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino returns to revisionist history with Django Unchained. Loosely tackling the issue of slavery in America via a blood-soaked and often hilarious revenge story, Tarantino's eighth feature-film is his most controversial yet.

Though its awards buzz is dying down before it's even made it into theatres, Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti-Western / Blaxploitation flick Django Unchained remains one of the most anticipated films of the year (or next year, considering its January 18th UK release date). This past week, a number of cool marketing goodies have been released including a new international trailer and a handful of character-specific posters. Read on for more...

Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:49

The Avengers Review

Ever since Samuel L Jackson donned the eye patch of Nick Fury and appeared after the credits in 2008's Iron Man, the world has been eagerly anticipating the moment that the 'Avengers Initiative' Fury talked about would make it to the big screen. Four years, four films and countless minutes sitting through end credits later and writer/director Joss Whedon has brought Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America together for the biggest superhero event movie so far.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:37

Early Reactions to The Avengers...

Marvel's mega superhero blockbuster The Avengers had it's first public screening in Hollywood last night and while there has been an embargo placed on reviews ahead of it's release date (May 4 in the US, Apr. 26 in the UK), bloggers, critics and even a few celebrities were quick to hit Twitter with their initial reactions to Joss Whedon's comic book epic. 

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