Stephen Frears is hardly the most boundary pushing director currently at work. He occupies the same ‘pleasant’ space as Ron Howard does on the other side of the Atlantic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; there are some decent films in Frears’ filmography. But one [...]
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Remember Kick-Ass? Remember how it was really great? Really shocking, really exciting and, most importantly, really fun. Well, despite its relatively modest box office takings, they’ve made a sequel. So, let’s take a look at all the great things about the first movie and see whether [...]
This has to be one of the biggest Hollywood circle-jerks in cinema history. Make no mistake about it- this is not some self-effacing parody, this is a collection of very funny men who wish the world to know how funny they are. Where that stands [...]
The extent to which a clear target demographic ought to influence reviews has been debated for as long as literature has been produced. Should a 50-year-old man really be giving such a strong opinion on the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation? Should a 42-year-old mother of [...]
My feud with Zack Snyder is the stuff of internet legend. I hated 300 and Watchmen, and will never, ever forgive him for Sucker Punch, the most offensive film of the last 20 years. But I’m a fair man and am willing to give him [...]
I saw the first Star Trek movie when it hit cinemas and that was very much my baptism into the franchise. I’d seen people doing the Vulcan finger things and heard some gibberish about ‘red shirts’ dying first, but, other than that, I knew nothing [...]