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Review: Love & Mercy

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 26 Jun 2015
Love & Mercy
The Beach Boys: squeaky-clean surfers, or the subjects of sordid sex scandals, substance abuse and psychotic breakdowns? Whatever your level of familiarity with these endless harmonisers and their incredible off-stage history – fatherly abuse, drugs, rivalry, death, links to Charles Manson, drummer Dennis Wilson falling out with lead singer (and cousin) Mike Love and then marrying his daughter – the chances are that you don’t know the whole history…. because, frankly, there’s just so much to tell. Any Beach Boys biopic just couldn’t possibly do justice to their entire 53-years-and-counting career. Thankfully, this new film focuses on band figurehead and recognised musical genius, Brian Wilson. And even then, it still feels like just a drop in the ocean.

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson pisses off co-stars with unequal name layout

Posted by Matt at 07:00 on 01 Jun 2013
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson pisses off co-stars with unequal name layout
Just fucking pick one - Curtis or 50 Cent. You are literally the worst thing to ever happen to graphic designers.

Review: The Paperboy

Posted by Matt at 22:00 on 14 Mar 2013
The Paperboy
Getting booed at Cannes just isn't the indicator of quality that it should be. The world's finest film critics all in one screening feeling so appalled by the movie in front of them that they are compelled to collectively voice their disdain in the rudest way possible? That film has to be utter balls, right? And yet, as previous Cannes booees The Tree Of Life and Antichrist have proven, all it usually means is that the film offers something markedly different that polarises viewers. As it is with The Paperboy. But did I love it or hate it? See, that's the problem: I don't even know.

Review: The Raven

Posted by Ali at 20:42 on 10 Mar 2012
The Raven
The Raven is a fairly neat concept in theory. A down and out Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) is hired by old-timey police to solve a series of grisly killings based on his own macabre stories. There's a little bit of Saw, a touch of Basic Instinct and even a smidgen of Sherlock Holmes in the screenplay; it's equal parts gothic horror, murder mystery and action adventure, just a few doors down From Hell. It's not a bad idea, but that description probably makes it sound a little more exciting than it actually is – for all its shadowy intrigue and booze-tinged whimsy, The Raven is a story that even Poe would admit needs a few rewrites.

Hot Tub Time Machine red-band trailer

Posted by Ali at 23:41 on 23 Jan 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine red-band trailer
What happens when dumb ideas get made into dumb movies? Answer: they look awesome.

Review: 2012

Posted by Ali at 23:31 on 12 Nov 2009
2012
Take a look at this week's release schedule: the distinctions between the choices couldn't be more clear. If I want to go and see a film, I'll go and see Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. If I want to go and see a movie, I'll go and see Roland Emmerich's 2012.

Review: 1408

Posted by Ali at 20:01 on 04 Sep 2007
1408
Stephen King might just be the scariest dude on the planet - not only does he write the most fantastic horror stories you'll ever read, the guy looks like he's just hopped through an express portal from hell to boot. His demonic smile aside, King is the brains behind some of the greatest horror movies ever made - and some of the...
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