Does the success of #Venom and #Aquaman herald the beginning of the end for the Superhero movie boom?

With “Venom” grossing $855m worldwide and “Aquaman” taking over $1billion at the global box office, one thing is clear: the box office domination of the Superhero movie genre is coming to an end. How can this be you ask? When collectively the two most recent movies in the genre hovered up almost $2billion in ticket … Continue reading Does the success of #Venom and #Aquaman herald the beginning of the end for the Superhero movie boom?

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse (2018) Review

Bringing the multiverse to your friendly neighbourhood multiplex, Sony have finally captured lightning in a bottle for the second time and created a great Spider-Man movie. With (literally) dazzling animation, a breezy and effervescent story and engaging character work, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” delivers the first evidence that, with the right talent behind the camera, … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse (2018) Review

Venom (2018) Review

The most puzzling thing about “Venom” is that if Sony was determined to make this film, this exact story, they already had a movie they could call it a sequel to without pissing away yet another of their Marvel IPs (which look increasingly like hostages rather than assets). I’m talking about “Life”, and it would … Continue reading Venom (2018) Review

Slender Man (2018) Review

It’s not easy to ignore how crass and tasteless this film feels given the real-life incident which the infamous internet phenomenon gave rise to. It’s even harder when, with the release of this film, the creepypasta meme is now responsible for yet another real-life atrocity. In a small Massachusetts town, four friends decide to summon … Continue reading Slender Man (2018) Review

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (2018) Review

Legendary animator Genndy Tartakovsky returns for a third time to bring us the further adventures of Dracula and his growing family. Although he’s often spoken about stepping away from the series, we should be thankful he’s stayed onboard because it’s his involvement that keeps this amiably undemanding series from sliding inexorably towards mediocrity. Mistaking her … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (2018) Review

Last Action Hero (1993) 25th Anniversary Review

Perennially underrated, often unfairly maligned (even by Schwarzenegger himself) as his first real failure, ironic action movie masterpiece “Last Action Hero” is twenty-five years old this year and way overdue for a reappraisal. Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) prefers the movies to the trials and tribulations of real life, especially the adventures of his all-time favourite … Continue reading Last Action Hero (1993) 25th Anniversary Review

Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #1

Hi guys, it’s Superb Owl here again with a look back at this week’s big trailer releases. What’s worth giving a hoot about this week? Venom (UK Release Date: 5th October 2018) Well, the big news was probably Sony giving us our first glimpse of “Venom” although, well, of course, we don’t actually get a … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #1

The Dark Tower (2017) Review

I’m a pretty big Stephen King fan, although admittedly I’ve been a bit lax in keeping up with the prolific author’s output since around “Cell”. The first time I read “The Stand”, I did it in one sitting, forgoing sleep to finish it sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning (having started it on … Continue reading The Dark Tower (2017) Review

The Emoji Movie (2017) Review

😡                       Oh, sorry - did you want more than that? Okay. This is a lazy, cynical exercise in filmmaking driven by executive hubris and utter contempt for the audience. Ill-conceived, muddled and creatively bankrupt, Sony have shattered the rock bottom for animated fare in … Continue reading The Emoji Movie (2017) Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

The previous “Amazing Spider-Man” movies showed us that Spider-Man’s most implacable foe was studio interference and while I personally enjoyed what Marc Webb and Andree Garfield were trying to do, there’s no denying “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was a convoluted and overstuffed mess of studio-mandated world building which makes “Iron Man 2” look streamlined and … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

Passengers (2016) Review

A surprise contender for ‘Most Divisive Film of 2016’, “Passengers” may not be the sci-fi action thriller the trailers might have led us to expect but there’s still a lot to enjoy in this literal and figurative star vehicle which teams current hot ticket stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Aboard the starship Avalon, a sleeper … Continue reading Passengers (2016) Review

League Of Gods (2016) Review

With China’s growing importance as an export market for Hollywood, it was inevitable that the Chinese film industry would start to eye the possibility of making some exports of their own. “League Of Gods”, based loosely on the 16th Century Chinese novel Feng Shen Bang, brings a very modern, Marvel-ous take on the old Chinese … Continue reading League Of Gods (2016) Review

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but they’ve remade “Ghostbusters” with an entirely new cast? It’s been pretty low-key and uncontroversial with almost no internet chatter around it so it might have slipped past you. Jokes. It’s been everywhere, dividing movie fandom in a way that makes the sectarian DC/ Marvel schism look like a … Continue reading Ghostbusters (2016) Review

Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

Veterans of more than a dozen video games, Ratchet and Clank are the latest pixelated characters to find the leap from platform pleaser to popcorn powerhouse is more than any double jump or button mashing can easily manage. When the galaxy is threatened by Chairman Drek and his fearsome Deplanetizer, it’s up to a plucky … Continue reading Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Spidey Swings Back Into A Friendlier Neighbourhood

Big news today then, in the world of Super Hero Movies with the (oddly timed) announcement that Sony and Marvel had struck a deal to share custody of Spider-Man and not only that but he is scheduled to turn up in “Captain America: Civil War” before appearing in another solo movie. It’s great news, news … Continue reading Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Spidey Swings Back Into A Friendlier Neighbourhood

The Interview (2015) Review

It’s been a couple of months now since the so called Guardians Of Peace (allegedly backed by North Korea) demanding the takedown of “The Interview”.  After Sony’s corporate flip flopping over the release, it finally arrives in the UK this coming weekend. Now that the dust has settled and the GOP have given us a … Continue reading The Interview (2015) Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

How much you enjoy “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” might depend on how much you care about the backstory of Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents, and their connection to Oscorp, because it devotes a considerable amount of its running time to picking up the loose threads left by the hatchet job editing done to the … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013) Review

Arriving in cinemas some four years after its predecessor, “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2” continues the trend of moving away from the source material by completely bypassing the second book (“Pickles To Pittsburgh”) and picking up the moment the first film finished. When a corporate clean-up crew from Live Corp arrive, Flint, Sam, … Continue reading Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013) Review