21st June 2008
Film Review: WALL-E
10:00 PM — You have to pity the producers of WALL-E, the latest computer-animated offering from the enviable partnership of Disney and Pixar. Despite the relative flop of their 2006 outing Cars, this pairing has a great track record of churning out the likes of The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, A Bug’s Life, and the Toy Story films.
Film Review: Journey to the Centre of the Earth 1
9:56 PM — Brendan Fraser’s career is an odd one. He’s still best known for his outings in the Indiana Jones-inspired Mummy franchise, to which he will be returning next month for the third direct sequel, not counting the spin-offs The Scorpion King and The Scorpion King 2.
Film Review: Kung Fu Panda
9:53 PM — It's summer, so it must be time for a big budget, all-star cast, computer-animated movie involving talking animals.
Film Review: Hancock 1
9:49 PM — It's summer and in recent years that’s meant one major certainty – a glut of superhero movies featuring characters ever more obscure to the non-comic-reading public.
14th June 2008
10:50 AM — Giving it a brief glance, this could seem like ideal and stereotypical summer blockbuster material. Big budget action flick with lots of shootouts, stunts and set-pieces? Check. Glamorous female lead? Well, you’ve got Angelina Jolie as a kick-ass assassin, so that’s got to count as a check.
5th June 2008
Gone Baby Gone
3:29 PM — It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Ben Affleck. After several years as a jobbing bit-part actor he landed his big break with an Oscar for the screenplay for Good Will Hunting, co-written with his best friend Matt Damon.
3:28 PM — Everyone likes a good prison break, as the producers of the American TV show of the same name can happily attest, now that they’re on their fourth series – despite the titular escape having successfully happened at the end of the first.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
3:28 PM — After the success of Peter Jackson’s gloriously ambitious adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was surely only a matter of time before Hollywood got around to tackling that other great mid-20th century fantasy series, CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.
3:28 PM — Be honest, when was the last time you saw a movie from Kazakhstan? Most of us could barely point it out on a map, let alone name any of this mysterious Central Asian country’s cultural achievements.
3rd June 2008
California Dreamin’ 1
2:56 PM — It's a safe bet that there aren't many people in the world whose first choice of a movie to see on a Friday night is the latest offering from Romania.
Sex and the City
12:46 PM — So there we were, four girls dealing with being single and thirtysomething in New York City. It was a blast. No real jobs to worry with, just shoes, shopping and sex – all the while wearing fabulous outfits.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
12:36 PM — Indiana Jones has become what he was always intended to be – a genuine cinematic icon, a true Hollywood legend, and one of the most successful film-related brands ever created.
23rd April 2008
8:07 PM — When fans of comic books want to prove to doubters that such things are not "just for kids", as so many people seem to believe, there are a few examples they always use to demonstrate the point beyond doubt.
7:57 PM — For a young actress trying to prove her mettle, appearing in a horror film can seem like a canny move. So little wonder Jessica Alba has now decided to do a horror film and, specifically, a remake of a South-East Asian horror flick.
7:32 PM — It wouldn't be Spring without a bit of romance in the air, yet this month sees a surprising lack of films revolving around love and relationships. What we do get, is this unusual romantic comedy.
18th January 2008
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
12:20 AM — Veteran director Sidney Lumet, best known for the Al Pacino-starring 1970s classics Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, has had a rather hit-and-miss time of it in his six decades-long career. Starting out at the dawn of the television era, he made his impressive feature film directorial debut - gaining himself the first of five Oscar nominations in the process - in 1957's superb courtroom drama 12 Angry Men, before going on to helm the varied but much-loved likes of Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Fail-Safe (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Network (1976). Then he fell into a bit of a rut in the 1980s and 90s.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
12:20 AM — A sequel to a dire action/horror movie - especially one based on a computer game - is normally cause to flee for the hills. Ever since the Bob Hoskins-starring Super Mario Brothers nearly killed the careers of all involved way back in 1993, computer game movies have had a truly abysmal history.Remember the Jean Claude Van Damme vehicle Street Fighter? The tedious attempt to do justice to the classic game Doom?
No Country For Old Men
12:20 AM — Everyone loves the Coen Brothers, surely? Over the last two decades, the oddball pair have produced some of the weirdest and most wonderful movies ever to have come out of America - quirky yet accessible, and always with a streak of deliciously black humour running throughout.The Coens have given us that modern icon, Jeff Bridges' White Russian-supping bowling layabout The Dude in their biggest hit, The Big Lebowski.
In the Valley of Elah
12:20 AM — Films about the psychological aftermath of war have a long and generally speaking highly distinguished history. Yet, when the war in Vietnam - similarly unpopular to those in Iraq and Afghanistan - was still raging, Hollywood seemed to have cold feet about tackling the actual blood and guts of the conflict. Apocalypse Now has gone beyond mere classic status to become a defining movie in the history of cinema, but it was also the first film to go into production about the Vietnam War itself. Yet, it was only released in 1979; four years after the war had ignominiously come to an end.
Sweeney Todd 1
12:20 AM — Love him for his quirky visual style or hate him for his apparently deliberate appeal to that subsection of the teenage market that dresses in black all the time, mostly while writing dire poetry about death and unrequited love, Tim Burton is undoubtedly one of the more interesting and individual of mainstream Hollywood directors. Somehow always able to create films that look like no others - even with his occasional misses, like the ill-judged "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes - Burton's movies have a style all their own, and that should always be cause for celebration.