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Top 10 films of our lifetime #5: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:00 on 22 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #5: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Like you, I was very disappointed to see that Edgar Wright decided to part ways with Marvel and Ant-Man, because he's a director who is capable of doing wonderful things with a camera; the combination of Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd and the Marvel universe made me feel a little giddy. Still, I can take comfort in the fact that he's basically already made a superhero movie in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, and not only that, he had Beck provide the tunes. Ant-Man Shmant-Man - Ali

Review: A Walk Among The Tombstones

Posted by Ed Williamson at 11:00 on 20 Sep 2014
A Walk Among The Tombstones
There comes a point where you just have to say, OK: we've got enough single-minded vigilante killing machines in cinema. We don't need another. That point for me was the three weeks between seeing A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Equalizer, more of which next week. Liam Neeson's latest is much like a lot of his other post-Taken output: you don't need it particularly, but it's there and it does what it's supposed to.

Top 10 films of our lifetime #6: There Will Be Blood

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:00 on 19 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #6: There Will Be Blood
It was quite tough to pick just the one Paul Thomas Anderson film for the list. I loved The Master but it feels like it needs a rewatch post Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing to truly appreciate it. There Will Be Blood, on the other hand, feels like it's been preserved in time already: a dyed-in-the-wool classic and no mistaking. Don't just stand there reading this pre-tease: jump right in to read more of me waxing lyrical - Ali.

Top 10 films of our lifetime #7: Inception

Posted by Matt Looker at 10:45 on 18 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #7: Inception
I've always considered the post-film discussion as much a part of the movie-going experience as the actual movie: the initial splurge of reactions, the best bits, the rubbish bits, the standout moments. Inception, with its pre-credits wobbly ambiguity, practically invites a discourse on its finer points, and those discussions are still ongoing today. I consider this to be the best blockbuster of the decade so far and one of the most rewarding works of science-fiction in modern memory. More movies need to be like Inception - Ali.

Review: Wish I Was Here

Posted by Ed Williamson at 16:00 on 17 Sep 2014
Wish I Was Here
I worry that I'm getting more intolerant as I age. I like Zach Braff a lot, I find him very funny, and I have no issue with his using Kickstarter to fund Wish I Was Here, as a lot of people seem to. But as per the standard Hollywood template, his film does promote the idea that you should always follow your dreams. Which is fine, except when the right thing to do is give up your dreams, get a job you hate and stay in it till you're 70 to support your family.

Top 10 films of our lifetime #8: Let The Right One In

Posted by Neil Alcock at 09:00 on 17 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #8: Let The Right One In
Number #8 on the countdown of the Top 10 films of our lifetime is the only foreign language film to make the grade. That doesn't mean we're not a continental bunch, however: I've been to Iceland, which is a bit like Sweden, and I walked past a cinema (it was showing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which I'd already seen, making me feel like a cinephile) - Ali.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron has the vaguest, most clichéd synopsis ever

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:00 on 16 Sep 2014
Avengers: Age Of Ultron has the vaguest, most clichéd synopsis ever
Stop talking! Drop everything! Yes, even you, guy doing emergency surgery! The official synopsis for Avengers: Age Of Ultron has been released and it's... incredibly generic. It reads like it has been written by an evil AI whose only function is to churn out underwhelming copy to press agencies. The fiend!

Top 10 films of our lifetime #9: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 16 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #9: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
I think if I ever met Shane Black my love for him would be so overwhelmingly physical I'd probably end up getting him pregnant - and it's terrible lines like that which prove I'm not worthy. It seems bonkers that Black was ever off the boil, but pre-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - and certainly pre Iron Man 3, the best Marvel movie to date bar none - he was considered as big a risk as his star, Robert Downey Jr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a roaring success and one of the funniest movies I've ever seen; so good, but I can't help but think what classics we were denied during both Black and Downey Jr's fallow periods - Ali.

Top 10 films of our lifetime #10: The Cabin In The Woods

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 15 Sep 2014
Top 10 films of our lifetime #10: The Cabin In The Woods
In case you missed the sensational social media event of last Friday, TheShiznit.co.uk turned 10 years old. We launched on September 12th, 2004, and we've been getting worse ever since. However, the movies we've seen along the way have been amazing, so we decided to mark the occasion by ranking our 10 favourite films released since we went online. The debate was fierce. Arguments raged. Tempers frayed. Plates were thrown. Then I decided to see if the other guys wanted to chip in. You can read the results over the next 10 weekdays, culminating with our #1 favourite movie of TheShiznit.co.uk's lifetime on Friday 26th September. Until then...

Happy birthday to us: The Shiznit is ten years old today

Posted by Ali Gray at 12:30 on 12 Sep 2014
Happy birthday to us: The Shiznit is ten years old today
Ten years ago today – back when we were all going mad for space hoppers and rocket lollies – I posted the first article on this very website. I bet a decade ago no one would have predicted that the site would still be going strong or that kids would still be using the popular slang word 'shiznit' in their everyday vocabulary.
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