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Review: Veronica Mars

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 07:00 on 17 Mar 2014
Veronica Mars
"I'm the reason people know that Anne Hathaway has a vagina". This line, delivered by the excellent Ken Marino as returning scumbag Vinnie Van Lowe, is just one of the many beautifully written, needle-sharp moments stippled throughout the titular private detective’s return to Neptune. The other fictional Californian 'hellmouth'.

Consider this shit

Posted by Ali Gray at 10:10 on 04 Dec 2013


Franco be collecting awards in every fuckin' colour, yo.

Review: This Is The End

Posted by Ed Williamson at 16:30 on 24 Jun 2013
This Is The End
Here's my micro-version of The Superman Project: I had no idea This Is The End existed until I got an email about the screening, and went in cold. Where my experience differs is that Ali did it deliberately; it only happened to me because my finger is laughably far from the pulse. I'd recommend it as a way to view comedy films if this one's anything to go by, but I don't want to hang its entire success on my own lame grasp of the Zeitgeist. This Is The End quickly makes you forget its self-indulgent premise and wins you over by virtue of simply being very, very funny.

Review: Spring Breakers

Posted by Neil at 23:00 on 24 Mar 2013
Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine isn't like other filmmakers, and his films aren't like other films. Anyone who saw Trash Humpers will have noticed that it was difficult to compare to anything else in its genre, because the genre of movies about people wearing grotesque masks and having sex with bins contains precisely one film: Trash Humpers. This is obviously a good thing: cinema needs mavericks like Korine to come along once in a while and kick the medium up the bum. To some extent it doesn't even matter whether or not his films are any good. He's an artist, and his films are statements.

Review: Oz The Great And Powerful

Posted by Matt at 07:00 on 01 Mar 2013
Oz The Great And Powerful
Big CGI adaptations of classic children's literature will now always bring to mind the Technicolor yawn that was Burton's Alice In Wonderland. As with that film, this prequel’s bright, colourful landscape and cartoonish, pixelated characters always looked to me like they would produce the same uninspiring results. But thankfully, while Oz may still look like it has been twinned with the garish Wonderland here, somewhere under the rainbow, you might find some real, genuine magic.

The problem with Sam Raimi's Oz prequel, illustrated by its own poster

Posted by Ali at 09:00 on 10 Nov 2012
The problem with Sam Raimi's Oz prequel, illustrated by its own poster
There's something about Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great And Powerful that's been bothering me: it appears to be being marketed as Alice In Wonderland 2: The Rendering.

Spot the Oz: The Great And Powerful poster among other fantasy witch art

Posted by Matt at 23:30 on 31 Oct 2012
Spot the Oz: The Great And Powerful poster among other fantasy witch art
A new one-sheet has been released for Sam Raimi's Oz-venture and it looks... well, like it's been drawn by a daydreaming fantasist. What ever happened to needless sparks and helicopters?

A nice big picture of James Franco in Spring Breakers, just because

Posted by Ali at 20:45 on 12 Sep 2012
A nice big picture of James Franco in Spring Breakers, just because
Slow news day is slow. (Full size pic here).

Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Posted by Matt at 08:43 on 09 Aug 2011
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Since the original Planet of the Apes was released in 1968, it has spawned four sequels, two TV series and a critically disparaged Burton remake. But that all finished 10 years ago so of course it’s time for a prequel/reboot/cash-grab. But can this new film actually offer anything new to a pretty well-exhausted canon, or is it just scraping the bottom of the barrel of monkeys?

Jeff Buckley biopic incoming: someone alert James Franco

Posted by Ali at 23:30 on 11 Apr 2011
Jeff Buckley biopic incoming: someone alert James Franco
Tragic music biopic gets the green light. Across Hollywood, the ears of every young white male actor with basic guitar skills prick up.
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