Red Sparrow (2018) Review

Disney and Marvel can at least rest easy: “Red Sparrow” certainly isn’t the “Black Widow” solo movie by another name its marketing might have initially suggested. Instead, it’s something of a convoluted pseudo- John le Carré caper which leans heavily on sex, nudity and violence to disguise its flimsy characters and overcomplicated espionage shell game. … Continue reading Red Sparrow (2018) Review

Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

It may be that you’d need the Lasso of Hestia itself to separate truth from speculative fiction when it comes to “Professor Marston And The Wonder Women”. Presented as a true story, although much of it is disputed by the Marston family, the origin of Wonder Woman turns out to be as captivating and enchanting … Continue reading Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Colin Farrell faces Rosemary’s Sophie’s Choice in “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, the latest movie from cinematic provoc-auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Blending classic Greek tragedy, existential horror, psychological drama and medical thriller, it’s a challengingly twisted mystery, an Art-“House, M.D.” Dr Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned cardiovascular surgeon lives a seemingly perfect life with … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

To The Devil A Daughter (1976) #MonthOfSpooks Review

I’ve often used @TheMarckoGuy’s #Month Of Spooks as a chance to catch up on classic horror movie’s I’ve never seen before but this year, I decided to revisit a film which freaked me all the way out when I first saw it at probably far too young an age. John Verney (Richard Widmark) is an … Continue reading To The Devil A Daughter (1976) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Strange Days (1995) Review

Long before she became the queen of clinically detached but nerve-shreddingly tense true life docudrama, Kathryn Bigelow directed this vastly underrated, far-sighted techno-thriller. Now finally released on BluRay, it’s time, from the bizarre present day of 2017, to reappraise the Strange Days of 1995. Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler makes a living … Continue reading Strange Days (1995) Review

Trainspotting (1996) Review

Shot on an indie budget, “Trainspotting” was a brash, foul-mouthed, grotty little movie with blockbuster sized ambition. Wilfully anarchic and wildly spirited, it proved to be a real shot in the arm for a British film industry pigeonholed by Merchant Ivory dramas and sickly sweet rom-coms. The story of four junkies: Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sickboy … Continue reading Trainspotting (1996) Review

Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool

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Hardcore Henry (2016) Review

A more intensely intimate version of ‘found footage’, POV is a camera perspective which has struggled to gain traction outside of two niches: video games and porn. There’s barely a hint of the latter, but “Hardcore Henry” owes a great deal to first person shooters. Waking up in a laboratory, Henry finds himself resurrected with … Continue reading Hardcore Henry (2016) Review

Love (2015) Review

There’s a point near the half way mark in Gaspar Noé’s provocatively explicit romantic drama “Love” where its raison d'être is revealed and the movie sheds any remaining inhibitions of being anything other than a pseudo-autobiographical sublimation of Noé himself. It happens when our protagonist Murphy (Karl Glusman) tells Electra (Aomi Muyuck) that he has a … Continue reading Love (2015) Review

Deadpool (2016) Review

I am so, so happy for Ryan Reynolds. Seriously, the guy has earned it. He’s tried so hard, so many times and after “Blade: Trinity” [for the record, I quite liked his turn as Hannibal King], “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “R.I.P.D.” and – shudder – “Green Lantern”, it’s an absolute delight to see him finally crack … Continue reading Deadpool (2016) Review

Dirty Grandpa (2016) Review

Long revered as one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro’s more recent output is probably best described as a mixed bag. It’s been hard to discount the possibility that he’s adopted the Michael Caine approach of saying ‘yes’ to whatever he’s offered or whatever offers the best pay day. Perhaps Robert De … Continue reading Dirty Grandpa (2016) Review

Zardoz (1974) Review

Finally released on Special Edition Arrow Blu Ray on the 14th September, "Zardoz" is one of the Seventies’ most bizarre dystopian sci-fi curiosities (in a decade brimming with them), and possibly one of the strangest movies ever to come from a major studio. Coming off the disappointment of a proposed adaptation of “The Lord Of The … Continue reading Zardoz (1974) Review

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

Unfinished Business (2015) Review

It’s a rare thing for me to hate a movie so intensely while watching it, but within half an hour Vince Vaughan’s latest ‘comedy vehicle’ had me surreptitiously checking IMDB on my phone to see what the running time was. If it had been anything more than the 91 [excruciating] minutes listed, I may have … Continue reading Unfinished Business (2015) Review

Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) Review

From the very first frame, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” positively drips with tension. Unfortunately, it’s not the sexual kind. There’s a palpable sense of nervousness and awkwardness in the opening scenes that has little to do with impossibly naïve and twee ingénue Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) or uncomfortably self-conscious billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan – … Continue reading Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) Review

Space Station 76 (2014) Review

Welcome to the world of tomorrow…yesterday! If you’re hoping for a laugh-a-minute retro sci-fi comedy romp then “Space Station 76” is likely to disappoint. While it is an affectionate pastiche of 1970’s vision of the future, the retro sci-fi trappings and space station setting are largely ancillary to the film’s real focus: the universal trials … Continue reading Space Station 76 (2014) Review

Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

*SPOILERS* If "Crank" was 'Grand Theft Auto' brought to brazen, bonkers life, "Crank: High Voltage" takes its cracked inspiration from a variety of sources. From 8-bit video games to man-in-a-suit monster movies, there's nothing that this shamelessly daft, gratuitously violent sequel won't plunder to keep its breakneck momentum and freewheeling narrative careering forward. The theme … Continue reading Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

Crank (2006) Review

With a concept so high even a fever-addled Luc Besson couldn’t conceive of it, first time writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor pitch us headlong into “Crank” with no preamble. We start, as does Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) with little clue about what has happened or what’s about to unfold. Fortunately, there’s a bit of … Continue reading Crank (2006) Review

Sex Tape (2014) Review

Clearly the reunion of the director and stars of 2011’s amusingly bawdy “Bad Teacher” was intended to replicate that film’s edginess and success. Unfortunately, the result is an egregiously foul-mouthed, unfunny sex comedy that only goes to show just how good at these kinds of movies Judd Apatow is and how tricky it is to … Continue reading Sex Tape (2014) Review

One-Eyed Monster (2008) Review

When the cast and crew of a hard core porn film travel to a remote abandoned army base to make their latest movie, they find themselves under attack from an alien being who has taken possessed one of the cast members…erm cast’s members. Sometimes late at night I’ll browse Netflix or Amazon Instant looking for … Continue reading One-Eyed Monster (2008) Review

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

It's taken nine years to summon up the courage to crawl back to Basin ‘Sin’ City, and the old town hasn't changed much in the intervening years. Oh, sure, Clive Owen looks a lot like Josh Brolin now and I’m not sure Miho is the same (Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki) but the city still … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

21 & Over (2013) Review

Given writer/ directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore both wrote "The Hangover", it's easy to see "21 & Over" as the warmed-up leftovers from that idea given a teen-friendly topping and served up as a new "American Pie". When Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) reunite to celebrate their old school friend Jeff Chang … Continue reading 21 & Over (2013) Review

Bad Neighbours (2014) Review

I had a sudden epiphany while watching “Bad Neighbours” – I’m old. There's no getting away from it, I have no grounds to empathise or side with the cool young party people. Instead, I'm further along the grown up married/ kids/ mortgage path even than Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner. Luckily, this … Continue reading Bad Neighbours (2014) Review

Under The Skin (2014) Review

From the moment the film begins with a discordant flurry of violins accompanying disturbingly abstract imagery, it's clear that Director Jonathan Glazer doesn't want "Under The Skin" to be a comfortable viewing experience. It tells the story of an alien (Scarlett Johansson) who arrives on Earth and assumes the identity of a young woman  in order to … Continue reading Under The Skin (2014) Review