The Hungover Games (2014) Review

You know what's funny? Mashing together a whole bunch of pop culture movie references and characters, jam them into an untidy and illogical chimera of two film franchises, one of which self-destructed thanks to its own sequels and then throw it at the screen to see what sticks. Oh wait, not funny – what’s the … Continue reading The Hungover Games (2014) Review

The One I Love (2015) Review

Available now in the UK on Netflix, quirky indie sci-fi romantic drama “The One I Love” is a difficult film to describe without giving away any of its surprises. Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are struggling with a marriage on the brink of collapse when their therapist suggests an unusual course of action. He … Continue reading The One I Love (2015) Review

Third Contact (2013) Review

One of the things I love about movies is the breadth of the art form; encompassing everything from mega-budget summer blockbusters to tiny independent productions and how across that range you can find extraordinary works at every level. “Third Contact” is extraordinary. Made for a microscopic budget of only £4,000, writer/ producer/ director Simon Horrocks’ … Continue reading Third Contact (2013) Review

Autómata (2015) Review

Due for a UK DVD release in May 2015, it may be arriving slightly late to the recent ‘technological singularity’ party but “Autómata” nevertheless finds some interesting angles from which to explore the subject. In the 2040’s, humanity is on the verge of extinction following devastating solar flares which irradiated much of the Earth’s surface … Continue reading Autómata (2015) Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

It’s strange to think that it’s nearly been a year since we last visited the main Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, we had the awesome cosmic sidestep of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” but (for now) that remains distanced from the main action, here on Earth. Last time we met (some) of our heroes in “Captain America: The … Continue reading Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

Daredevil – Season 1 Review

At the San Diego Comic Con of 2014, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige proudly announced that Marvel was ‘done with origin stories’. There’s a delicious irony, then, that the first product of their new partnership with Netflix is an epic thirteen hour origin story of not just one major Marvel character, but two. “Daredevil” takes us … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 1 Review

Trailer Trash: 2015/2016’s Best & Brightest

With “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” mere hours away (56 still counts as mere, goddammit), there’s been a flurry of activity from the other genre juggernauts to get their moment in the sun before the Mighty Marvel Eclipse occurs and casts all into shadow for a few weeks at least. Although I try not to, it’s impossible … Continue reading Trailer Trash: 2015/2016’s Best & Brightest

The DUFF (2015) Review

Falling some way short of classic teen movie status, “The DUFF” is still a likeable and passably entertaining high school comedy version of "Pygmalion": a “She’s All That” for the “iCarly” generation. When her neighbour mansplains to Bianca that she is, in fact, her friends’ DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), it sparks off a crisis of … Continue reading The DUFF (2015) Review

John Wick (2015) Review

Although he’s been working steadily for the past few years and was most recently seen in “47 Ronin”, there’s something about “John Wick” that very much feels like a comeback; perhaps not a return from absence but certainly a return to form. And, much like the character he plays, he’s lost none of his skills … Continue reading John Wick (2015) Review

Ragnarok (2015) Review

When Norwegian archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) comes under pressure from his Museum employers to show some results for his expensive explorations of a remote northern area of the Norwegian/ Russian border, he decides to mount one final expedition with two colleagues and his children to chase down a theory he has about the … Continue reading Ragnarok (2015) Review

Pride (2014) Review

Despite its contentious and still controversial (sigh) subject matter, there’s a winning cosiness to “Pride” that makes sure the themes of human kindness and solidarity don’t get swamped by the angry and inflammatory historical backdrop. That’s not to say this comedy drama doesn’t have teeth, just that care is taken to ensure the film’s bark … Continue reading Pride (2014) Review

Seventh Son (2015) Review

*MINOR SPOILERS* Like a lot of people, I’ve spent the past few weeks binge-watching “Game Of Thrones” all the way from Robert Baratheon pitching up at Winterfell to Bran Stark finally reaching the Weirwood Tree home of the Three-Eyed Raven, so the bar for sword and sorcery was set pretty fucking* high when I went … Continue reading Seventh Son (2015) Review

Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015) S1E01 Review

You know what? That was pretty good. Not great, but it’s definitely got potential to grow into a good series. The CGI Tracy brothers are much less creepy and dead-eyed than they appeared in the publicity images and even the updated and bulkier Thunderbird 2 (all right thinking people’s favourite ship) looks good. Thunderbird 3 … Continue reading Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015) S1E01 Review

Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review

Arriving in cinemas like a soothing balm for those still nursing their sense of loss over the “Top Gear” fracas, “Fast and Furious 7” offers salvation through madcap motoring stunts using extraordinary supercars in exotic locations. But the “Fast & Furious” franchise is nursing its own sense of loss and it infuses itself throughout the … Continue reading Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review