Danny Boyle

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  • Review: Yesterday: I saw a film today, oh boy

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 30th June 2019

    A common pub argument I have with a friend of mine is that the Beatles weren't as influential as everyone makes out. I tell him there weren't bands before the Beatles; just solo singers and backing groups. I tell him that artists didn't write their own songs before the Beatles. I tell him that the album wasn't an artistic endeavour before the Beatles; just a commercial ruse to package up a hit single or two with some filler and sell them again. He still won't have it. Obviously he is an idiot, but I hope to Christ he never sees Yesterday, because it'll only strengthen his wildly incorrect view. While it does have at its heart the idea that this was the most special collection of songs ever written, it overlooks that what the boys gave us all wasn't just the songs: it was far more than that.

  • 18 actual, factual rumours why Danny Boyle quit the new Bond movie

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 21st August 2018

    If you like Bond movies then your face was probably all 'nooooooo' today when you heard the news that Danny Boyle and Bond 25 have parted company. The official reason is that old chestnut "creative differences" but everyone knows that's just a cover for a good old-fashioned diva drama or sex scandal or noncing. Let’s get to the bottom of this immediately and sift through the rumours that some fans on Twitter are already calling "definitely what happened". No need to thank me.

  • What even is 'a Danny Boyle movie'?

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 22nd November 2015

    What does a Danny Boyle movie look like? What does a Danny Boyle movie feel like? Do you know? Does anyone? There is no denying that the director has made some memorable films in his lifetime, hopping from genre to genre and from continent to continent like a gap year student trying to find himself. There's no railroading the brilliance of Trainspotting; precious little shade to throw at Sunshine; Steve Jobs, out now, is as polished and pretty as a freshly unboxed iMac. But can you name another director as high profile and as critically revered as Danny Boyle who so lacks a visible, tangible, recognisable style? He is the invisible man.

  • Steve Jobs

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 5th November 2015

    Was Steve Jobs a genius? Was he a revolutionary? Did he change the world? Or was he just an egotistical asshole? Danny Boyle's Jobs iOpic, powered by word processor Aaron Sorkin, doesn't so much pick a side as it does tick all the boxes. Michael Fassbender's Apple guru is at once exhilaratingly wise and exhaustingly obstinate; a complex man with fearsome drive but fundamental flaws; a man who doesn't deserve a glowing biopic or a Hollywood hatchet job. Boyle's portrait of the Cupertino legend is a fizzing, lively affair that certainly has you convinced of one man's genius, although we're guessing that man wasn't supposed to be Aaron Sorkin.

  • Trance

    Movie Review | Ali | 26th March 2013

    Trance wastes no time in getting going, so neither shall I. Sir Danny of Boyle hops genres yet again to try his hand at a heist thriller, and it races out of the gate as if the essence of speed was necessary to maintain its air of deception. We're introduced to James McAvoy's art curator Simon, who swiftly tells us exactly how you'd steal a priceless painting if you were so inclined. He is, and does, but partner in crime Vincent Cassel soon thumps its location out of his noggin, setting up Trance's central conceit: how do you retrieve something thought lost from the human brain?

  • 127 Hours

    Movie Review | Ali | 4th January 2011

    Danny Boyle's films have always been about men staring into the abyss - individuals who pull back from teetering on the brink of destruction, whether it's down to vice, obsession or desperation. 127 Hours is DanBo stripped down to the basics, pitting man versus nature. The only difference is that Aron Ralston is stuck in the abyss, staring out.

  • Trailer for Danny Boyle's mountain rescue drama, 127 Hours

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 25th August 2010

    It's like 88 Minutes, but waaay longer.

  • Robert Carlyle would do Porno

    Movie News | Ali | 10th September 2009

    Titter, tee hee, guffaw, etc. What Robert Carlyle means is that he's willing to make the sequel to Trainspotting with Danny Boyle. Sorry for going all The Sun on you there.

  • Alex Garland writes new Judge Dredd

    Movie News | Matt | 9th September 2009

    Alex Garland has been putting together a script for a new Judge Dredd reboot which is to be released by Danny Boyle's DNA Films. If someone could make sure that Rob Schneider is in a different timezone during filming for this version, then we can all be officially excited.

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Movie Review | Ali | 7th January 2009

    Despite Chris Tarrant's stupid face, there's no denying that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is an ingenious concept for a game show. Resist flipping channels for just a few minutes and before you know it, you're yelling furiously at your TV because a man from Surrey doesn't know the capital of Venezuela or punching the air with j...