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  • Discussion: Impossible - Mission: Impossible III (2006)

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson | 22nd July 2018

    Another installment of the most original feature series in online history: the one where four people get together over email to force themselves to talk about the Mission: Impossible movies, instead of just enjoying them like everyone else on the planet. Today: Mission: Impossible III, directed by Jonathan Jonathan Abrams.

  • If other monster movies had 'blood relatives' like 10 Cloverfield Lane

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 21st March 2016

    10 Cloverfield Lane is the latest mystery box from man/magician JJ Abrams: a revolutionary new sort-of-sequel to his 2008 monster movie classic Cloverfield. He calls it a "blood relative" but what this means in real terms is "a sequel in all but name only". It's a technique that could catch on in the monster genre - spin-offs that springboard off an iconic monster attack but focus on something way less spectacular (and way cheaper to create). We humbly present the next 10 revolutionary new sort-of sequels to monster movie classics. That's right, JJ. We've bust your mystery box wide open.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 18th March 2016

    What a nice, interesting surprise. A Cloverfield sequel that nobody was expecting dropping a trailer out of nowhere and coming with a tantalising-yet-head-scratching title implying a connection to the first film that makes no sense whatsoever. I'm excited, but also... confused? Like a dog hearing somebody whistling on the TV. I have no idea what's about to come next, but it sounds fun.

    And this, as it happens, is the film's greatest strength. Because there are so few films released now that make us feel like dogs hearing somebody whistle on the TV.

  • Star Wars is dead, long live Star Wars

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 24th December 2015

    The Force awoke a few days later than most for me, but on Monday 21st December, I sat in a small cinema in Hammersmith and readied my body for Star Wars. Sweaty palms? Check. Slightly elevated heartbeat? Check. Stupid grin plastered on face despite nearby proximity of colleagues who consider me an otherwise professional and functional human being? Check. There are have been few cinematic experiences in my career where I have legitimately broken out in goosebumps, but Episode VII was one of them: if a new Star Wars trilogy can no longer be considered a once in a lifetime event, then it's still a rare treat to savour. Excitement, thy name is The Force Awakens.

    But then a funny thing happened when the movie started rolling.

  • Trailer breakdown: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 16th April 2015

    STAR WARS! WAR STORES! TRAMOPOLINE!

  • A brief history of New Star Wars Trailer Day

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 28th November 2014

    Happy New Star Wars Trailer Day everyone! While the world and its web awaits the first non-shitty-camcorder footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let's bide our time by learning a little about this most prestigious of national holidays. Are you all wearing your traditional Imperial robes? Then I'll begin!

  • Literally everyone has auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII

    Movie Feature | Neil Alcock | 7th October 2013

    The internets are pretty jizzed right now about the fact that Saoirse Ronan auditioned for Star Wars Episode VII, as revealed in the Empire podcast, but nobody seems to have picked up on her most revealing comment: "Yeah, I did [audition for Star Wars Episode VII]… I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it." In a Shiznit exclusive, we spoke to literally everyone about their Ep 7 auditions, and here are just some of their remarkable stories...

  • Something about this Star Trek Into Darkness poster seems a little off

    Movie News | Ali | 16th April 2013



    I can't quite put my finger on what's weird about it.

  • Why doesn't Finch build a front end for The Machine?

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 12th April 2013



    This is why the government didn't want it, you mug. Like you expect everyone at the NSA to deal with some cumbersome command-line interface every time they want to run a query. Stick a GUI on it with a few buttons and dropdowns if you're such a bloody genius and maybe we'll talk.

  • If the new Star Trek poster was as subtle as the new Star Trek trailer

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 21st March 2013

    They should have called this movie Star Tits Into Bra-rkness. Am I right or am I right? (Actual poster at IMP).