Jack’s back. And he’s never even been here before!
When it premiered way back in 2001 24 was an event, a last glorious stand for water cooler drama before PVRs, iPlayers, social media and Netflix moved us to the current post water cooler era of binge viewing, time shifting and spoiler neurosis. 24 resurrected Kiefer Sutherland’s career and was appointment TV writ large, based […]

Jack’s back. And he’s never even been here before!

A most dangerous game?
SPOILER WARNING!!! – THE FOLLOWING BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE GAME OF THRONES SEASON FOUR EPISODES ‘THE LION AND THE ROSE’ AND ‘BREAKER OF CHAINS’ AND THE BANSHEE SEASON ONE EPISODE ‘THE KINDRED’!!! HBO’s Game of Thrones is a television phenomenon, the type of show that sells channel subscription packages in a way only sports […]

A most dangerous game?

GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER
The commercial dream factory that is the cinema works (at least in the US) on a business model of flinging as much shit at the wall as possible in the hope some will stick. Developing original films is both costly and risky as audiences and marketing departments find existing IP easier to digest. For this […]

GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER

2013: My year in film – episode 4, The Final Conflict
The year in everything else As the film market and industry changes, there has been a regrettable trend for Hollywood (by which I mean the big five studios) to have abandon the mid-budget adult-themed drama in favour of taking a chance on a wannabe tent-pole costing $100 million plus or picking up micro-budget movies costing […]

2013: My year in film – episode 4, The Final Conflict
Jack’s back. And he’s never even been here before!

Jack’s back. And he’s never even been here before!

Posted May 6, 2014 11:30 am
When it premiered way back in 2001 24 was an event, a last glorious stand for water cooler drama before PVRs, iPlayers, social media and Netflix moved us to the current post water cooler era of binge viewing, time shifting and spoiler neurosis. 24 resurrected Kiefer Sutherland’s career and was appointment TV writ large, based […]

A most dangerous game?

A most dangerous game?

Posted April 25, 2014 12:53 pm
SPOILER WARNING!!! – THE FOLLOWING BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE GAME OF THRONES SEASON FOUR EPISODES ‘THE LION AND THE ROSE’ AND ‘BREAKER OF CHAINS’ AND THE BANSHEE SEASON ONE EPISODE ‘THE KINDRED’!!! HBO’s Game of Thrones is a television phenomenon, the type of show that sells channel subscription packages in a way only sports […]

GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER

GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER

Posted March 14, 2014 5:07 pm
The commercial dream factory that is the cinema works (at least in the US) on a business model of flinging as much shit at the wall as possible in the hope some will stick. Developing original films is both costly and risky as audiences and marketing departments find existing IP easier to digest. For this […]

2013: My year in film – episode 4, The Final Conflict

2013: My year in film – episode 4, The Final Conflict

Posted December 18, 2013 5:25 pm
The year in everything else As the film market and industry changes, there has been a regrettable trend for Hollywood (by which I mean the big five studios) to have abandon the mid-budget adult-themed drama in favour of taking a chance on a wannabe tent-pole costing $100 million plus or picking up micro-budget movies costing […]

Terrible Wisdom: an appreciation of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart

Terrible Wisdom: an appreciation of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart

Posted December 14, 2013 7:35 pm
‘Are you an atheist?’ ‘Yeah, I’m from Brooklyn.’ The German legend of Faust and the Christopher Marlowe’s classic play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1604) are among of the founding pillars of the horror genre. The original german legend has a bored and disenchanted man named Faust make a bargain with the Devil, in […]

2013: my year in film – episode 3

2013: my year in film – episode 3

Posted December 12, 2013 12:44 pm
The Year in Comedy A short one this, although not as short as The Year in Animation (I only saw half of the awful Planes), one of the benefits of not being able to make a career out of this, is that I don’t have to go see the kind of bilge a film critic […]

2013: my year in film – episode 2

2013: my year in film – episode 2

Posted December 6, 2013 12:56 pm
The year in blockbusters   As usual, blockbuster season promised so much but ultimately left me feeling deflated and in need of a three hour French relationship drama. Were blocks actually busted? Resoundingly yes in the case of Iron Man 3 which cracked a billion dollars global box office. Marvel’s carefully plotted and supremely well […]

2013: my year in film – episode 1

2013: my year in film – episode 1

Posted December 4, 2013 10:21 pm
So we have nearly smoked 2013 down to the roach, and the time has come for every blogger in the land to inundate you with top tens, wanky rankings, and letterboxd lists as we take the raw filmic material of the year, chop it up and snort it down, and judge if this was a […]

London Film Festival round up – part 2: the mop up

London Film Festival round up – part 2: the mop up

Posted October 21, 2013 12:05 am
Well it’s all over now, the last DCPs are about to be pulled from the input slots (yeah, that so hasn’t got the poetry of the last foot of film has cleared the gate), and the London Film Festival is over for another year. So how has it been? The second year under the leadership […]

London Film Festival round up – part 1

London Film Festival round up – part 1

Posted October 4, 2013 7:51 pm
Running from the 9th to the 20th of October the 57th London Film Festival is already well underway for the pale and red eyed subterranean cellar dwellers known as the film press (which can mean anyone from broadsheet film critics to poorly socialised bloggers like me). For the last two weeks the BFI South-bank has […]

Don’t be a dick, Riddick

Don’t be a dick, Riddick

Posted September 1, 2013 4:12 am
WARNING, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW, IT’S A POLEMIC, AND THERE FOLLOW SOME PRETTY LARGE SPOILERS FOR THE FILM RIDDICK Recently I saw a press screening of Riddick an improbable third entry in writer director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel’s science fiction franchise. I say improbable because while the first entry Pitch Black (2000) […]

At the flicks and on the box, 2013 is 1987 in reverse

At the flicks and on the box, 2013 is 1987 in reverse

Posted August 2, 2013 7:51 pm
US Films 1987 – Lethal Weapon, Robocop, Predator, The Untouchables, Full Metal Jacket, No Way Out, The Running Man US TV 1987 – Murder She Wrote, Matlock, The A-Team, Remington Steele, 21 Jump Street, Tour of Duty It has been clear for some time that US television, especially cable and new streaming services like Netflix […]

Argh, feminism

Argh, feminism

Posted July 28, 2013 2:58 pm
Modern studio films mostly enforce, endorse and propagate a view of women in line with what career businesspeople in sharp suits with MBA’s believe are the views of their audience – 13 year old boys. That is a statement, it is one that I’m sure some of you will bristle at. As a film fanatic […]

Can Guillermo cancel the negativity? A titanic defence of Pacific Rim

Can Guillermo cancel the negativity? A titanic defence of Pacific Rim

Posted July 8, 2013 7:43 am
One can’t help but feel that Warner Brothers have managed to fumble the ball with the release of its extremely expensive wannabe blockbuster Pacific Rim. With the benefit of hindsight and in anticipation of the film’s release what seems to have gone wrong? The film’s marketing campaign and release date late in 2013’s blockbuster season […]

Is CGI a benefit or a hazard?

Posted June 8, 2013 12:51 pm
Have you seen the trailer for Now You See Me? This caper film looks like it is trying very hard to be Chris Nolan lite, right down to the casting of Michael Caine. It’s high concept fluff, a group of stage magicians use magic to rob a bank. This isn’t a review of the film, […]

When the monsters got you

When the monsters got you

Posted March 21, 2013 11:59 pm
There is simply no more enduring monster in the horror genre than the vampire. That putrid late twentieth century pretender the zombie may have mounted a spirited campaign to usurp the vamp, but ultimately what is a zombie but a less gentile and refined distant cousin with messier table manners. The zombie – as we […]