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The Week in Fist Pumps

In an attempt to correct the karmic disarray of my life I’ve decided to finish off the working week by shining the spotlight on a few things that are making me happy outside… Continue reading

Review – White House Down

‘White House Down’ has a ludicrous Jekyll and Hyde complex which wildly swerves between entertaining action and bland American sentiment. It is frustrating waiting for the film to settle into a groove that… Continue reading

Review – Blue Jasmine

The title of Woody Allen’s new film, ‘Blue Jasmine’, is a little deceiving. It should simply be called ‘Acting: The Movie’. Incredible performances drive a tale of family, class and psychosis.

Review – The Best Offer

A vortex of intrigue sucks you into ‘The Best Offer’. Writer and director Giuseppe Tornatore pulls off deceit will elegance and style despite indulgently prolonging the outcome.

Review – Stoker

Director Chan-wook Park creates a morbid environment for a sumptuous mystery to unfold in the wonderfully twisted ‘Stoker’.

New podcast – Nuke The Fridge

Welcome to a new podcast that’s film geek group therapy for bad films. Blake Howard and Cameron Williams will try to make sense of the movies that make no sense. In the first… Continue reading

Review – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is 100 pounds worth of supernatural elements stuffed into a 10 pound bag. Also shoved in is a wispy romance, clichéd twists in the family tree and… Continue reading

Review – Kick Ass 2

If ‘Kick Ass 2’ was a person it would be Adam Sander. Vicious comical violence, toilet humour and no relevance to the genre it represents. Sandler is the scourge of comedy and ‘Kick… Continue reading

Review – Elysium

Writer and director Neill “District 9” Blomkamp proves he is the master of slum-sci-fi with ‘Elysium’. The brutality of a desolate futuristic setting matches hard-hitting action sequences perfectly, but middling characters disrupt the… Continue reading

Review – Pain and Gain

In the opening moments of ‘Pain and Gain’ it’s stated: “unfortunately, what follows is a true story”. The film proclaims deplorable behaviour awaits and director, Michael Bay, glamorises the gutter and the experience… Continue reading

Review – You’re Next

Masked people hack their way through a family staying at an isolated mansion. Don’t commence yawning just yet over the premise of ‘You’re Next’. Effective scares and an excellent shift in gear mid-film… Continue reading

Review – The Spectacular Now

Imagine Ferris Bueller as an alcoholic and you’ve got Sutter (Miles Teller) from ‘The Spectacular Now’. While John Hughes’ personification of high school cool lived in a realm of teenage fantasy, Sutter occupies… Continue reading

Review – The World’s End

Filmmaker Edgar Wright has excelled exploring and deconstructing different genres; zombies in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and action cinema with ‘Hot Fuzz’. ‘The World’s End’ proudly wears science fiction influences on its sleeve,… Continue reading

Review – Fruitvale Station

The real phone camera footage of the death of 22 year-old Oscar Grant during New Year’s Eve celebrations opens ‘Fruitvale Station’ and it’s tragic to watch a young life snuffed out carelessly by… Continue reading

Review – The Wolverine

Comic book films should capture the essence of the pages the colourful characters inhabit but should also reflect the process. Teams of superheroes have worked together in comics and spent time alone in… Continue reading