Destroy All Monsters: In DAREDEVIL's Battle Of Fanboy Wet Dreams, Elektra Wins

There are problems with Marvel's Daredevil. I am an unabashed fan of the show - I have called its first season the best thing Marvel Entertainment has ever done, and its newly-released second season easily lives up to the benchmark... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Mathieu Amalric

This week sees the North American release of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, a film which, as Ben Croll states in his review, is rife with French film clichés, but still "a wonderful, thoughtfully crafted work". And bookending the story... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: INDIANA JONES 5 Should Be About Short Round

Here's some weird timing: I was already working up this week's column when today's news broke. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will reunite for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, currently scheduled for 2019. First of all, I'm perfectly thrilled with... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: HOUSE OF CARDS In American Upside-Down Land

Spoilers for the fourth season of House of Cards. Like many of you, I spent the weekend turning down the volume on the real-life political soap opera that has overtaken the United States and watched Netflix's House of Cards instead.... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Alfred Molina

This week sees the North American premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan. In his review, Peter Martin says the film is "difficult to categorize yet... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Meanwhile, In Asian America

It was an odd weekend at the movies, and perhaps telling in that none of the oddness took place in a traditional movie theatre, unless the Kodak Theatre counts, which I don't think it does. While Chris Rock and Sacha... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Gloriously Ridiculous Film?

Yesterday, Peter Martin wrote a great, great article about why Gods of Egypt is utterly ridiculous, yet why he had a shitload of fun with it regardlessly. And why shouldn't he? Most films require us to shut off part of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Critical Distance: In Praise Of The Ridiculous

The Academy Awards do not have a category for ' best achievement in ridiculousness,' but if they did, Gods of Egypt would be a shoo-in next year. I don't mean the description "ridiculous" like Adam Sandler probably intends it in... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Chiwetel Ejiofor

This week, John Hillcoat's dirty cop thriller Triple 9 premieres, and according to Kurt Halfyard's review it is definitely worth your time. And one of the many fine cast members happens to be British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who for the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: What I've Learned From Completely Failing At #52FilmsByWomen

As bootstrapping initiatives go, the 52 Films By Women project - hashtagged #52FilmsByWomen - seems easier than most. The ask is simple: watch one movie by a female director per calendar week in 2016. Hey! That's right in my wheelhouse!... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This year sees quite a number of titles with Jeremy Irons in them. Premiering this week is Stephen Hopkins' biopic Race, about Jesse Owen's historic Olympic win in Nazi Germany, while Ben Wheatley's High-rise (reviewed here) is currently doing the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: A Negasonic Teenage Warhead Is About To Go Off

All right, I don't know what "negasonic" means. Or if it's even a word. It's been a long time since I've read my Grant Morrison (or listened to Monster Magnet), and Google is no help to us in situations like... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

HumanSide Podcast: Director Robert Eggers Talks THE WITCH

Welcome to HumanSide. This time around I'll be letting you in on some amazing Chicago-based movie happenings, including the Music Box Theatre 70 MM Film Festival, the Roger Ebert Film Festival and a pair of great screenings from the Chicago... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

The Many Faces Of Ryan Reynolds

Normally I use the quiz for an actor I really really like, so that would exclude Ryan Reynolds. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the guy or anything, he just was never something I particularly looked forward to in... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?

Not having gotten much out of the Coens' Ex Machina (Hail, Caesar!) over the weekend -- how wry is too wry, I asked myself? -- I started hunting and pecking for other representations of the divine on film. Not being... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

70s Rewind: THE LAST DETAIL, Jack Nicholson At His Finest

What's extraordinary about The Last Detail is how ordinary it is. Three sailors on a road trip. In an era replete with road trips. And a time when military characters in movies were most often objects of ridicule or pity.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Like most fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found the relationship between John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to be one of the film's most charming aspects. As soon as they'd uttered their enthusiastically mutual "nice... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Dustin Hoffman

This week, Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh's Kung Fu Panda 3 enters cinemas. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it, as the first two turned out to be a lot better than initially anticipated. And though I'm not always a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: THE X FILES Was Never About Aliens

The tenth-season premiere of The X Files (wheee!!) opens with a rather spectacular reenactment of the famed UFO crash in a valley in New Mexico in 1947, the alien disc skittering out of control like an affluenza teen's Porsche on... More »
By Matt Brown   
  
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