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  • Review: Vice shows Dick Cheney as a man with few virtues and ohhh, I see what you did there

    Movie Review | Becky Suter | 21st January 2019

    My knowledge of Dick Cheney pretty much started and ended with knowing him as the veep who shot a guy in the face whilst on a hunting trip. Had I bothered to actually watch all of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart episodes I've recorded over the years, I would have known that Cheney has always been the dark heart of American politics; a man rotten to his very core, which itself is a tiny black hole from which no joy or light can escape, who's been haunting the White House long before President Trump gleefully served McNugget BBQ sauce out of the Lincoln silver gravy boats to those footballers. Luckily, Adam McKay is here again to distil complex information to dummies like me, although newsflash - the political system is like, totally corrupt, you guys.

  • #LFF2012: Seven Psychopaths

    Movie Review | Matt | 18th October 2012

    For a film about the perils of screenwriting, Seven Psychopaths sure could have used a few extra drafts. Far from the dognapping caper the trailers would have you believe, writer/director Martin McDonagh's follow-up to In Bruges is actually a far darker, way more ambitious meta comedy about a man trying to write a genuinely heartfelt movie in spite of the various ridiculous incidents that seem determined to inform it. That it immediately invokes unfavourable comparisons to Adaptation does not necessarily make Seven Psychopaths a failure, but you do find yourself wishing that McDonagh had the foresight to intentionally ruin his own movie with as much precision as Charlie Kaufman had.

  • Cowboys & Aliens

    Movie Review | Ali | 12th August 2011

    In his role as executive producer, Cowboys & Aliens represents Steven Spielberg's fourth alien movie this year, after Super 8, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and his cameo in Paul (and that's not mentioning his TV series, Falling Skies). Throw in the rest of the year's extra-terrestrial activity (get bent, Battle LA) and it's no surprise the genre is starting to look a little fatigued. More Western than sci-fi, Cowboys & Aliens at least has a hook, but when push comes to shove comes to "we have to destroy the invaders' conveniently accessible power source", it's Just Another Alien Movie like all the rest.

  • The wonder of the obligatory Sam Rockwell dance scene

    Movie Feature | Ali | 11th January 2011

    Courtroom thriller Conviction is out on Friday, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell - a man trying his darnedest to live up to his name.

  • How cool is this guy? Making an entrance, by Samuel L Rockwell

    Movie News | Ali | 18th May 2010

    The coolest guy in the world, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Gentlemen Broncos

    Movie Review | Christopher | 9th May 2010

    In which director, Jared Hess, reveals himself to be the one-trick, Wes Anderson obsessive we always feared he might be. (He also may be a racist, but I'll discuss that later in a carefully non-litigious manner.) Strap yourself in, kids, this is gonna get scathing.

  • File this under 'awesome': Sam Rockwell is Asshole Batman

    Movie News | Ali | 28th April 2010

    I can't believe I forgot this existed.

  • Iron Man 2

    Movie Review | Ali | 28th April 2010

    The original Iron Man's success came something like a bolt from the blue; a very welcome superhero debut that nailed its playful tone and established itself as the first part of a much bigger universe. The sequel, however, comes with certain expectations attached: now we know the character's origins, he kinda has to... y'know, do something.

  • Sam Rockwell was almost Iron Man

    Movie News | Ali | 8th April 2010

    Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man, right? So right. But back when RDJ was officially a risk, a few other names were on Jon Favreau's list. One of them? Iron Man 2 villain Justin Hammer aka Sam Rockwell.

  • Jameson Cult Film Club: Moon

    Movie Feature | Matt | 24th March 2010

    Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the Bafta-winning Moon. The event, hosted at science geek haven The Royal Institution, boasted Moon-themed props, actors and surprises, all while serving free Jameson-based cocktails. In fact, the night became such a blur of space and whiskey, it's amazing I remember enough to write it up now (albeit a week later).