The Many Faces Of Harrison Ford

One of the films going into wide release, over in the US, is The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama about an immortal woman who may start aging again for the man she loves (which sounds a bit like Spring,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Care That Much About STAR WARS Any More

I was at Ebertfest last week, and at 11 in the morning on Thursday my phone - wifi-deprived and scarcely functioning - started blowing up. A social networking hailstorm descended upon me: texts, tweets, Facebook wall posts, a couple of... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Do We Really Want Trailers This Far Ahead?

Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: R-Rated DAREDEVIL For An R-Rated World

Some spoilers for Marvel's Daredevil. On the weekend I afforded Marvel's Daredevil a status I've previously only given to new-released Harry Potter books: the "I am consuming all of this before I do anything else" thing. It's the fastest I've... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Dudes With Feelings In FURIOUS 7

I suppose the reason we continue to tolerate - all right, adore - the Fast and the Furious franchise is the degree to which it's simply so amiably palms-up about everything. It knows what it's about, and based on the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Paul Walker

Astute people may have noticed that there is a new Fast and the Furious film in cinemas. It's the seventh in its franchise, it's called Furious 7, and it has either arrived in your hometown or will soon (even if... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Death And The Superhero

On the weekend, Hugh Jackman posted a picture which seemed to suggest that the yet-unsubtitled Wolverine 3 (or, I presume, Wolverine III, with the i's to be replaced by claws, claw-scratches, or something similar) will be his final appearance in... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Which Blockbuster Are You Anticipating Most?

(Using a Jaws picture, because according to Wikipedia it was the first film to be widely called a 'blockbuster' in mainstream press, back in 1975...) Tomorrow sees the start of April, meaning that in just over a month, the Hollywood... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Ray Stevenson

Currently number one in US cinemas, Divergent: Insurgent shows there can still be some financial life in young-adult franchises. A look at its cast list reveals an impressive list of supporting actors, including Ray Stevenson, so let's make him the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: ZOMBEAVERS, Or How The Final Girl Got Knocked On Her Tail

Spoiler warning for Zombeavers. You get what you pay for with a movie called Zombeavers - or you'd better get it, otherwise why did you pay for it? It must suck to be a "Neologism Title" movie (for which the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Rinko Kikuchi

This week sees the premiere of Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter, the film based on the bizarre tale of a Japanese woman who thought the bag of money from the Coen Brothers' Fargo was real, and who went looking for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: CINDERELLA And The Fairy Tale As Comfort Food

I was rather hoping for a bit more from Cinderella, I admit. It was not to be. Kenneth Branagh's live-action staging of the Disney cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale is perfectly competent, and marvelously dull. For those following the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

SXSW 2015: George Miller Introduces THE ROAD WARRIOR And Previews MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Seeing George Miller walk out on stage to introduce The Road Warrior made all my pains go away. A medical doctor turned filmmaker, Miller may not have magical healing powers, but his movies have the capacity to make audiences forget... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Li Bingbing

Last week saw the premiere of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal in China. Our editor of Asian Affairs James Marsh saw it, and had plenty of good to say about it, especially concerning lead actress Li Bingbing.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Shut Down Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

To a real extent, I love Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I love all of the people involved, creatively. I love the cast (and I suspect my fondness, in particular, for Chloe Bennett's Agent Skye has carried my interest in the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: FIFTY SHADES OF... Why?!

Some success stories surprise more than others, but in the past year, few successes were as surprising as what happened to the Fifty Shades... trilogy of erotic novels. What started life as amateur SM-tinged Twilight fan-fiction turned into a worldwide... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Now Streaming: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, Do Sit-Coms Dream Of Binge-Watching?

Situation comedies have been a mainstay of broadcast networks in the U.S. since the early 1950s, so it makes perfect sense that streaming services would want to feature such tried-and-true fare in their own programming schemes, such as Unbreakable Kimmy... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Sigourney Weaver

This week sees the release of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, starring an eclectic mix of actors, non-actors and special effects. Loïc saw the film and had mixed feelings. Among the cast members is Sigourney Weaver though, and that is always worth... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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