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Review: Boyhood

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:45 on 07 Jul 2014
Boyhood
Approaching the end of Richard Linklater's 166-minute Boyhood, I realised that some of the early scenes were now something of a faded memory to me, and that I couldn't fully remember what the younger Mason had looked like. This reminded me of some experience or other, which I later realised was that of watching my own family age. And that's because Boyhood is as close as cinema gets to real life.

The Transformers/Coen Bros Venn diagram

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:55 on 04 Jul 2014
The Transformers/Coen Bros Venn diagram
It's one of the weirdest phenomenons in modern movie history: how is it that so many Coen regulars wind up in Transformers movies? See the culprits as we attempt to figure out what possible motives the guilty parties could have.

Review: Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Posted by Ed Williamson at 10:00 on 03 Jul 2014
Transformers: Age Of Extinction
An age of extinction. Well, it does go on for ages, but Michael Bay's fourth Transformers movie, while offering some CGI spectacle to knock your block off, threatens the eradication of the human race but never treats the prospect with much more than an afterthought.

Opinion piece: Everything's awful when you're a snob

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:00 on 02 Jul 2014
Opinion piece: Everything's awful when you're a snob
In a frankly unbelievable turn of events this week, two properties which have been successful in the past continued to be successful. For reasons yet to be determined, various parties are disgusted by the fact that Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie made so much money at the box-office, satisfying their respective audiences of young people and old people. The school of thought seems to be that audiences shouldn't spend money on movies they want to see – they should spend money on movies we want them to see.

Addendum to horrible movie poster trend #6: Unnecessary Sparks

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:30 on 02 Jul 2014
Addendum to horrible movie poster trend #6: Unnecessary Sparks
Remember when we pointed out that needless sparks had become a horrible movie poster tradition? The one-sheet for new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me has been released, leading to this slight revision on the matter. That is all. As you were.

Liam Neeson enjoys uneventful flight

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:45 on 30 Jun 2014
Liam Neeson enjoys uneventful flight
Actor Liam Neeson, star of exciting action movies like Non-Stop, Unknown and the Taken series, enjoyed a perfectly ordinary flight from London to New York yesterday, with no major incidents reported, much to the disappointment of passengers and staff.

A visual representation of post-Batman superhero movies

Posted by Ali Gray at 20:30 on 29 Jun 2014
A visual representation of post-Batman superhero movies
Tim Burton's Batman was released (more or less) 25 years ago this week. You could argue that it's the first modern superhero movie, the one that jumpstarted the whole movement - Superman: The Movie, let's face it, was a beautiful fluke. How has the superhero genre blossomed in the quarter of a century since Michael Keaton got the chafing of a lifetime? Like a wet Gremlin. Here's a handy visual guide as to how the superhero movie became so ubiquitous.

No one told Bruce Willis we're not doing casual Friday any more

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:15 on 28 Jun 2014
No one told Bruce Willis we're not doing casual Friday any more
We all know Bruce Willis stopped caring about his movies about two Die Hards ago, but he could at least have worn a shirt and tie for the poster shoot. The Prince gets minus poster points for the unnecessary helicopter and the mysterious sparks. Also because it looks like it was made in a lunch break. Which, coincidentally, is when Bruce Willis filmed his cameo.

20 things you did actually already know about The Lion King

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:45 on 25 Jun 2014
20 things you did actually already know about The Lion King
The Lion King was released 20 years ago this month, so to celebrate its anniversary, here are 20 things that you actually did already know about the movie. Because sometimes it's just nice to be reminded.

Review: Cold In July

Posted by Ed Williamson at 12:15 on 24 Jun 2014
Cold In July
Ever play that game where you begin with a sentence, then go round the circle and everyone gets a turn to write the next sentence, and you end up with a story? Not since you were nine, you say? OK, bear with me. Imagine that everyone in the first half of the circle was a black-hearted fan of moody, intense home invasion thrillers. And everyone in the second half was Quentin Tarantino at his most excitably goofy. Click to read the rest if you like, but you're pretty much there.
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