Have Your Say: What Is The Most Under-rated Superhero Film Ever?

All around the globe, Avengers: Age of Ultron is barging through cineplexes, the latest entry in the vast assault that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while these films are undeniably popular, there seems to be a growing sentiment that... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

This week sees the wide release of Henry Hobson's debut film Maggie, a zombie drama. The big eye-catcher here is that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, cast against type as a father trying to cope with the impending death of his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Ruling The World Makes Assholes Of Us All, And Other Things I Learned From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The dust continues to settle. At around a quarter after ten last Thursday night, in the first North American screenings of Marvel's Phase 2 capper, Avengers: Age of Ultron, a big chunk of the fictional country of Sokovia broke apart... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Does Your Ideal STAR WARS Movie Look Like?

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens much in the news, and speculation about other Star Wars films abound, let's have a bit of a thought experiment. With the universe apparently wide-open, instead of working up our (new) hopes we can... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Ghettoization Of Miles Morales As SPIDER-MAN

I'm going to blow your minds right now: Peter Parker could be played by a black actor. In fact, Peter Parker could be played by an actor of any race at all. Allow me to rephrase, Your Honour: The existence... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Harrison Ford

One of the films going into wide release, over in the US, is The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama about an immortal woman who may start aging again for the man she loves (which sounds a bit like Spring,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Care That Much About STAR WARS Any More

I was at Ebertfest last week, and at 11 in the morning on Thursday my phone - wifi-deprived and scarcely functioning - started blowing up. A social networking hailstorm descended upon me: texts, tweets, Facebook wall posts, a couple of... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Do We Really Want Trailers This Far Ahead?

Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: R-Rated DAREDEVIL For An R-Rated World

Some spoilers for Marvel's Daredevil. On the weekend I afforded Marvel's Daredevil a status I've previously only given to new-released Harry Potter books: the "I am consuming all of this before I do anything else" thing. It's the fastest I've... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Dudes With Feelings In FURIOUS 7

I suppose the reason we continue to tolerate - all right, adore - the Fast and the Furious franchise is the degree to which it's simply so amiably palms-up about everything. It knows what it's about, and based on the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Paul Walker

Astute people may have noticed that there is a new Fast and the Furious film in cinemas. It's the seventh in its franchise, it's called Furious 7, and it has either arrived in your hometown or will soon (even if... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Death And The Superhero

On the weekend, Hugh Jackman posted a picture which seemed to suggest that the yet-unsubtitled Wolverine 3 (or, I presume, Wolverine III, with the i's to be replaced by claws, claw-scratches, or something similar) will be his final appearance in... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Which Blockbuster Are You Anticipating Most?

(Using a Jaws picture, because according to Wikipedia it was the first film to be widely called a 'blockbuster' in mainstream press, back in 1975...) Tomorrow sees the start of April, meaning that in just over a month, the Hollywood... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Ray Stevenson

Currently number one in US cinemas, Divergent: Insurgent shows there can still be some financial life in young-adult franchises. A look at its cast list reveals an impressive list of supporting actors, including Ray Stevenson, so let's make him the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: ZOMBEAVERS, Or How The Final Girl Got Knocked On Her Tail

Spoiler warning for Zombeavers. You get what you pay for with a movie called Zombeavers - or you'd better get it, otherwise why did you pay for it? It must suck to be a "Neologism Title" movie (for which the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Rinko Kikuchi

This week sees the premiere of Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter, the film based on the bizarre tale of a Japanese woman who thought the bag of money from the Coen Brothers' Fargo was real, and who went looking for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: CINDERELLA And The Fairy Tale As Comfort Food

I was rather hoping for a bit more from Cinderella, I admit. It was not to be. Kenneth Branagh's live-action staging of the Disney cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale is perfectly competent, and marvelously dull. For those following the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

SXSW 2015: George Miller Introduces THE ROAD WARRIOR And Previews MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Seeing George Miller walk out on stage to introduce The Road Warrior made all my pains go away. A medical doctor turned filmmaker, Miller may not have magical healing powers, but his movies have the capacity to make audiences forget... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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