Jon Favreau

News, Reviews & Features
  • Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: Iron Man 2 (2010)

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson | 12th November 2017

    It's time for a brand new installment of the feature we can't believe no one else is doing: talking about Marvel movies! After kicking off with Iron Man and seriously questioning the format with The Incredible Hulk, we're officially into sequel territory with Iron Man 2, the first movie that knew it was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or should we say... Cine-CHAT-ic Universe? No. No we shouldn't. We should use the correct terminology.

  • Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: Iron Man (2008)

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson | 22nd September 2017

    Is it too late to change the name?

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 30th June 2017

    Following his glorified cameo in Captain America: Civil War, everyone has been wondering exactly how how Marvel will reboot the character in his own solo outing. No one wants to see another bitey radioactive spider, but how do you tell an origin story without actually telling the origin story? Is he definitely part of the ongoing Marvel timeline forever more? Can he suddenly slot into the meticulously planned MCU? Basically, is the title correct? Is Spider-Man really coming home?

  • The Jungle Book

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 15th April 2016

    Will they... will they be singing? The 1967 classic animation is so embedded in the public consciousness that it's difficult to know what to expect from this live-action retelling. What will the life-like animals look like when they talk? Will Mowgli look just like cartoon Mowgli? Will Baloo at any point wear coconut shells and a hula skirt? And what of the songs? Those legendary earworms so infectious that it's going to be hard not to resort to punning references throughout this entire review? Thankfully, Jon Favreau delivers a film that is just as wonderful and captivating as that original classic, and he does so by concentrating on the bare n-... the basics. He concentrates on the basics.

  • Interview: Jon Favreau on Swingers, Friends, Iron Man and Chef

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 23rd June 2014

    This may not have escaped your attention, but I like films. I also like food, which definitely hasn't escaped your attention. I've loved the work of Jon Favreau ever since Swingers got me out of a five-year relationship slump, so you can imagine my delight when I learned of Chef: a film about food, written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. On the surface it's about sandwiches, but it's really all about getting back to your roots; for Favreau, it's a return to the style which made Swingers so beloved by proto-hipsters like myself. When given the chance to interview Jon, I practically bit his hand off. Because I was hungry. Hungry for journalism. And sandwiches.

  • People Like Us

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 9th November 2012

    It's fair to say Disney's been getting a little edgier in the films it distributes in recent years. But here's a new one on me: People Like Us, a likeable enough cookie-cutter 'douchey guy learns to be less douchey' flick, is at its core a film about incest. You heard.

  • TheShiznit.co.uk presents... Swingers: the whole swingin' shindig

    Movie Feature | Ali | 2nd July 2012

    As I think I may have previously mentioned, we hosted our very own screening of Swingers on Thursday last week, and now we'd like to tell you all about it, because this is our website and we can do whatever we want with it, so there.

  • Back later, out swinging

    Movie News | Ali | 28th June 2012

    Although it's not too late to swing by...

  • A poster for a thing we're doing

    Movie News | Ali | 18th June 2012

    Pretty sure I've mentioned it. (Details here, full size poster here).

  • TheShiznit.co.uk presents: Swingers

    Movie Feature | Ali | 7th June 2012

    First came Fight Club, now it's time for the Swingers among you to assemble. Come one come all to The Shiznit's second screening, Doug Liman's Swingers, at the Stratford East Picturehouse.