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Review: Spotlight

Posted by Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 19 Jan 2016
Spotlight
Spotlight appears to tick all the boxes as far as the true-life awards-season investigation drama goes. All-star, mainly male, ensemble cast to demonstrate serious dramatic heft; weighty subject matter in dealing with the cover-up of institutional child abuse. It makes a few choices you aren't expecting, though, and I can't figure out whether or not this elevates it.

If 2016's Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth

Posted by Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 14 Jan 2016
If 2016's Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth
It's a particularly open race at this year's Oscars, which is interesting, so interesting, so incredibly interesting. Could this film win? But what about that film? Does this actor deserve a nomination? Should that actress have lobbied for Lead instead of Supporting? All of these are words that people say that have absolutely no bearing on these stupid posters that I made. Enjoy them by looking at them and forwarding them to your nan.

David Bowie's not dead

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:45 on 11 Jan 2016
David Bowie's not dead
David Bowie's not dead.

Review: The Hateful Eight

Posted by Matt Looker at 22:00 on 08 Jan 2016
The Hateful Eight
Tarantino movies are primarily known for two things: long, wordy dialogue and extreme, bloody violence. However, the difference in this new drawling epic, is that the two are kept almost entirely separate, with viewers forced to sit for over 90 minutes of bum-numbing scenery-chewing before a first shot is even fired. Still, pacing issues don’t exist in a Tarantino film, do they? Not when every smug, showy word is delivered with all the prestige of a gift-wrapped masterclass in filmmaking, complete with nods to classic films, winks to the audience and middle fingers to the fainthearted. Throw in some cool music, offbeat humour, iconic character moments and some controversial racist themes, and this film delivers everything you expect - and want - from a Tarantino movie. It is quintessential Quentin. It's Quentinssential.

ಠ_ಠ Someone forgot to make these Allegiant posters actually match up

Posted by Matt Looker at 22:29 on 06 Jan 2016
ಠ_ಠ Someone forgot to make these Allegiant posters actually match up
You had one job, hug-reverse-shot-match-up guy!

Marvel Civil War concept art confirms Hawkeye is still completely ineffective

Posted by Matt Looker at 14:02 on 05 Jan 2016
Marvel Civil War concept art confirms Hawkeye is still completely ineffective
Reports say that Hawkeye will spend the entire film muttering to himself "Just look busy, just look busy!"

Review: The Danish Girl

Posted by Matt Looker at 21:00 on 03 Jan 2016
The Danish Girl
Put down the plastic lightsabers and sweep the Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma toy figures from your desks. Unfortunately, we can no longer simply indulge in the delightfully familiar screech of a new TIE Fighter, or marvel at the warm, welcoming visual hug of grizzled wookiee hair. No, now we have to consider character arcs and nuanced acting and fucking lighting, because there's no escaping it: awards season is all we have for the next couple of months. So let’s try to move on from Star Wars if we can. I know it is still all anyone is talking about and it looks set to be the highest grossing movie of all time, etc, etc but let's try to refrain from thinking about it at all for now and instead talk about Eddie Redmayne’s er… new hope for Oscar success.

Top 10 Top 10s of 2015

Posted by Matt Looker, Ali Gray, Becky Mather, Ed Williamson, Rob Young at 09:00 on 31 Dec 2015
Top 10 Top 10s of 2015
Now seems as good a time as any to publish this.

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015's best film by a thousand miles

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:00 on 31 Dec 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015's best film by a thousand miles
I actually watched Mad Max: Fury Road in its week of release, but it was such an overwhelming experience it's taken me all of seven months to mentally unpack it all, like when someone emails you a crazy big zip file which basically nerfs your inbox and you can't do anything until it's properly downloaded. That, with writing. Anyway. This is the best film of the year by a very long stretch, I'm off to watch it again because it got it on Blu-ray for Christmas and oh you've already stopped reading.
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