At last the wait is over and few people (okay, quite a few) breathed a sigh of relief as they watched JJ Abrams’s opening shot in the ongoing cash-cow that is Star Wars. Rumours had been circulating for a few years about a new set of films before the official announcement was made. Disney buys … More Force me like you used to….
Taking the early lead in release stakes for Summer blockbusters, Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla seeks (and often succeeds) in providing solid, effective thrills for the commercial crowd. Here we have Hollywood’s second attempt to produce a film based on Toho’s longstanding character, following 1998s ill-fated film starring Matthew Broderick. That far too brash comedy-skewed version spent … More Gojira is Good: Godzilla (2014)
‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’ ‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice. ‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’ (Lewis Carroll “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”) ‘[S]upposing total … More Uncovering the Special and Visual Effects of Madness within the Mad Scientist and their Progeny.
Back in the late 1980s Robocop arrived on the scene and readers of British comic 2000AD applauded and bemoaned in equal measure. They cherished the cyborg cop’s swift dealing of justice in the manner or their beloved comic hero Judge Dredd, as well as it’s heavy dollops of violence. But, of course the Dredd fans wanted a … More Dredd 3D
I dislike Katherine Heigl. I’m sorry if you are a fan of the ex-Grey’s Anatomy star and anything she’s starred in on the big screen. Because of this dislike I can honestly say I’ve hardly had the pleasure of watching her act/perform/appear in the many productions that her beauty has bought her. I’ve seen a … More Katherine Heigl’s One for the Money – yeah that pretty much sums her up…..
So, Berlin gets a documentary about the rise of digital filmmaking and the possible demise of celluloid film – or perhaps not. Or maybe yes, but with film still hanging in there somehow. You’ll have to watch the doc Side by Side, think about it and get back to me. It’s got Keanu Reeves in … More Digital video/film killed the film/digital video star.
So, Tom Cruise is back, back, back. We’ve seen little of the action man in the past few years, following his over-exposure in 2006 – a cameo here, a small role there. His only major starring roles were in Bryan Singer’s long-delayed Valkerie, which was back in 2008 and the pepper of Knight and Day to … More Tom Cruise’s (Not) Mission Impossible
2008s Kung Fu Panda was a respectable entry from Dreamworks Animation, a slight change in property, characters and design, if not exactly genre, in comparison to Shrek and Madagascar and their sequels. It featured some solid character designs, and a nice twist on the deployment of a kung fu hero in the shape of rotund … More Kung Video-Fu Panda 2
It’s the beast that won’t die or perhaps those mutants are just, well. mutating. And time traveling to boot. Following three similarly cast and character based movies and a standalone Wolverine film we now have the Muppet-babies version of Marvel’s X-Men (just look at the X-Men inspired image by Victor Hugo Queiroz). Director Michael Vaughan … More X-Men First Class Super Parody
Returning just in time to annoy certain critics with film programmes on Radio 5Live is the latest installment of Disney’s swashbuckling cash-cow with a new director, new cast members and well, not too much else. Jettisoning stars Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and director Gore Verbinski, the new film sees Captain Jack Sparrow chasing down the … More New, but not improved: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides