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Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Posted by Matt Looker at 17:00 on 19 Oct 2017
Thor: Ragnarok
There’s a lot that could be said about Taika Waititi being hired at this stage of the MCU. Is it a risk to give a giant special effects blockbuster property like Thor to a director known for off-kilter, low-budget comedies? Is it merely a cynical move in an attempt to mimic the quirkiness of the hugely successful Guardians Of The Galaxy films? Can a unique creative tone even shine through within the confines of the strict Marvel model? And does Waititi’s brand of humour even translate to the big-budget world of EXCEPT IT TOTALLY FUCKING DOES AND YOU CAN FORGET ALL THESE THINGS BECAUSE THIS FILM IS SO MUCH FUN.

Review: LFF 2017: Downsizing

Posted by Matt Looker at 23:30 on 18 Oct 2017
LFF 2017: Downsizing
You would think that a film about shrinking people down to miniature size would primarily be about doll houses and hilariously oversized pencils – and there is a lot of that here – but mostly Alexander Payne’s new 'short' film is concerned with socio-political issues and climate change. It’s a film that says you should be doing more for your fellow man and for the environment. Basically, it has the power to make you feel very small indeed.

The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Blade Runner 2049

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:00 on 09 Oct 2017
The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Blade Runner 2049
That annoying pop-up you received this morning on your phone was the new notification of our latest sporadic podcast episode, begging you for attention like an artificial life form desperate to have its own existence validated.

19 mini existential crises I had while watching A Ghost Story

Posted by Matt Looker at 14:00 on 22 Aug 2017
19 mini existential crises I had while watching A Ghost Story
Forget everything I ever said about Personal Shopper, A Ghost Story is the depiction of harrowing torment in an eternal abyss of obscurity that you always wanted. Assuming that you always wanted it.

Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard

Posted by Matt Looker at 08:00 on 16 Aug 2017
The Hitman's Bodyguard
After years of us all running hot and cold on Ryan Reynolds ("Van Wilder yay! Green Lantern boo! The Proposal yay! Shut up. Er… Green Lantern boo!"), it’s great that the success of Deadpool has now finally shown us once and for all that he is an unquestionably talented comic genius. Now that this has been established, we can look forward to many, many films of Reynolds’ "What the fuck?!"-ing and "I know, right?"-ing in every cinema for several decades to come, safe in the knowledge that this is definitely what makes for a good, quality movie. 

Check out the poster for Bruce Willis' new movie, Death Wash

Posted by Matt Looker at 09:00 on 07 Aug 2017
Check out the poster for Bruce Willis' new movie, Death Wash
He wants the filth off the streets! He's planning to clean up the city! Etc!

Review: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 27 Jul 2017
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
Anyone who has read this site's review of Jupiter Ascending or pretty much any of the Transformer films will know that we tend to be more lenient than most when it comes to over-ambitious sci-fi epics. We forgive atrocious dialogue and overlong running times in order to reward dumb fun alien shit. So, frankly, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is lucky to have us, because this is a movie in which legendary filmmaker Luc Besson doesn't bother looking at the script twice nor his watch once while he continuously plays with an endless line-up of CGI distractions. This is him procrastinating with his own imagination in the same way that you or I would dick about on Twitter rather than get on with any real work. This is Luc Besson's Faff Element.

The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Dunkirk

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:00 on 24 Jul 2017
The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Dunkirk
Our latest podcast episode is now live! But then you already knew that, because it has automatically appeared in your feed thanks to you subscribing the first time. ISN'T THAT RIGHT?

Dunkirk fails the IMDB search algorithm for 'dunk'

Posted by Matt Looker at 23:56 on 20 Jul 2017
Dunkirk fails the IMDB search algorithm for 'dunk'
Apparently, in the week of the release of one of the biggest films of the year and an early Oscar frontrunner, IMDB thinks that if you type 'Dunk' into its search bar, you are still more likely to be looking for 'Slam Dunk', a Japanese cartoon about an awesome basketball player.

Side note: Janet Jackson? What are you doing here?

Oh, hi Mark! How does James Franco sync up with Tommy Wiseau?

Posted by Matt Looker at 23:40 on 19 Jul 2017


Hmm, it's not perfect. Gah, YOU'RE TEARING ME APART, JAMES FRANCO!
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