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Review: The Babadook

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 17:30 on 28 Oct 2014
The Babadook
It’s an impressively crowded market on the run-up to Halloween this year. For us sickos we have all manner of chilling treats lined up for our midnight viewing pleasure. There's the slightly shit looking Ouija, marketed as Hasbro’s first ever horror film (next up: ‘Spirograph’ a never-ending Saw style franchise that induces vertigo in every viewer). There’s Annabelle, a prequel and spin-off (Spinquel! Preq-off!!) to last year’s surprisingly not shit The Conjuring. Then there’s also the very shit Dracula Untold and The Boxtrolls which isn’t shit but is unfortunately also not a horror movie.

The trailer for your new superhero ensemble movie looks awesome

Posted by Matt Looker at 11:31 on 28 Oct 2014


Did you see Mr. Incredible's Chewbacca-buster armour? SO COOL.

Trailer breakdown: Avengers: Age Of Ultron? More like Age Of FUN-ltron!

Posted by The Shiznit at 00:15 on 27 Oct 2014
Trailer breakdown: Avengers: Age Of Ultron? More like Age Of FUN-ltron!
Sure, you might have already watched the Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer several times, but have you seen it in still-frame form, accompanied by hastily-written comments, a good week after everyone else published something very similar? I'm guessing the answer is oh you've already gone.

Review: LFF 2014: Foxcatcher

Posted by Ali Gray at 10:20 on 20 Oct 2014
LFF 2014: Foxcatcher
There is a subtle moment in the first few minutes of Foxcatcher - a moment between moments, really - that I just couldn't shake. Gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) sits down alone at his table in an apartment that seems almost comically small for a man of his size. He has prepared himself some ramen noodles, presumably for his evening meal. Sitting in silence, framed against blank, beige walls, Schultz raises the spoonful to his lips but pauses for several seconds, staring intently at the noodles before putting them in his mouth. There is so much unsaid in that arresting pause; even this basic act of nourishment seems to be a struggle. It's a moment indicative of Foxcatcher as a whole; a glacial, passive drama where true emotions seethe beneath a surface of calm - until they can be contained no more.

Review: Fury

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:45 on 17 Oct 2014
Fury
War movies. Huh. Good God. What are they good for? By now, it feels like every manoeuvre, every landing and every battle of the Second World War has been fought and won or lost on screen. Subsequently, each new WWII movie has to prove its worth before a single shell has been fired or bomb dropped. David Ayer's Fury doesn't even bother pretending it's based on a true story, jumping straight into action with an ambush, a dead Nazi and a knife through the eye socket - and it gets progressively more grim from then on in.

Well played, Nightcrawler PR team: Lou Bloom is now on LinkedIn

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:55 on 15 Oct 2014
Well played, Nightcrawler PR team: Lou Bloom is now on LinkedIn
Media savvy try-hard Lou Bloom just requested I add him on professional social network LinkedIn, despite the handicap of being entirely fictional. It's fun, though - a bit like being matched with Patrick Bateman on Tinder.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted by Ali Gray at 19:47 on 12 Oct 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
So I finally got old. Morning: doctor's appointment for dry skin. Afternoon: phone calls with estate agents and surveyors and mortgage advisors. Evening: still-aching limbs from a football match played 48 hours previously. I startle awake to find myself sat in a Paramount screening room ready to watch the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a phenomenon I was probably too old to enjoy guilt-free the first time round a quarter of a century ago. "Let's see those hands in the air!" says a company spokesperson, urging attendees to don the giant green foam hands provided for a photo opportunity. I am secretly glad I didn't pick any up on the way in. Because I am old as fuck.

Review: The Rewrite

Posted by Becky Mather at 13:00 on 10 Oct 2014
The Rewrite
Before I launch into my review of The Rewrite, I'd like to take the opportunity to tell you about my own script entitled "Another Shit Movie Starring Hugh Grant", where Hugh Grant plays Hugh Grant, a Hugh Grant who is trying to make a film about Hugh Grant being Hugh Grant, but Hugh Grant doesn't want to Hugh Grant anymore, so Hugh Grant must out-Hugh Grant's Hugh Grant, and everyone's Hugh Grant. If by now, you want to stick pins in your eyes to prevent me from going any further, then you will know how I felt watching The Rewrite.

Nine exciting new potential titles for Edge Of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:30 on 10 Oct 2014
Nine exciting new potential titles for Edge Of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat
The Warner Bros marketing team have got themselves in quite the pickle with Edge Of Tomorrow. Despite being critically acclaimed and featuring the biggest movie star in the world in the lead role, Edge Of Tomorrow flopped in cinemas, leading to drastic measures - the title has changed to Live Die Repeat. We say this: IT HASN'T CHANGED ENOUGH.

Horror movie stills that look a bit like Vic & Bob sketches out of context #1

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:20 on 09 Oct 2014
Horror movie stills that look a bit like Vic & Bob sketches out of context #1
By all accounts The Babadook is very scary, but all I get from this still is a vague longing for George Dawes.
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