70s Rewind: EARTHQUAKE, My Favorite Disaster Porn

Before I knew anything about human sexuality, I had become far too intimate with disaster porn. That's because I grew up in the 1970s, when disaster movies fornicated freely with all-star casts and state-of-the-art special effects to deliver orgasms of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Problem With The TOMORROWLAND Thesis

I enjoyed Tomorrowland. There was a joy about the way Brad Bird shot the film that reminded me of early Spielberg, and if the whole thing ends up turning on the audience's willingness to believe that George Clooney has harboured... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Hooray For Hollywood! Meet The Bullet-Points Memo

Welcome to a new semi-regular subsection that we like to call the "Bullet-Points Memo." The idea behind BPM is to highlight multiple contemporaneous entertainment business stories that seem interesting to us (and, hopefully, you). We will be pulling stories, ideas... More »
By Todd Harrington   
  

The Many Faces Of Vincent Price

This coming week in May, horror legend Vincent Price would have become 104 years old, had he not died 21 years ago. A great actor in his own right, he was also blessed with one of the most beautifully menacing... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: All We Have Are Our Bodies On FURY ROAD

In Mad Max: Fury Road, we get the great existentialist Western of our time. Save one character murmuring prayers in one shot to anyone who will listen, God is not in evidence. The movie is entirely bound up in human... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Peter Bogdanovich's PAPER MOON

Perhaps best known as the film for which a ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal won herself a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, Peter Bogdanovich's Paper Moon is a beautifully constructed Depression-era caper brimming with heart and powered by a pair of flawless... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Charlize Theron

Mad Max: Fury Road is putting the pedal to the metal in cinemas worldwide, and two things have become apparent. One: reviews so far are almost ridiculously positive. Two: everyone agrees Charlize Theron is awesome. Thing number two shouldn't come... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Team TwitchFilm On AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

(Who is this?! Team TwitchFilm, assemble!) Unless you've been living under a rock, a Wifi-less one no less, you will have been made aware of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the last ten days, Avengers:... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Why Everyone Thinks Piracy Is OK

This week, the episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones finally caught up to this season's piracy leak, which saw the first four episodes of Season Five released illegally some 24 hours before the season premiere on April 12. For any... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Is The Most Under-rated Superhero Film Ever?

All around the globe, Avengers: Age of Ultron is barging through cineplexes, the latest entry in the vast assault that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while these films are undeniably popular, there seems to be a growing sentiment that... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

This week sees the wide release of Henry Hobson's debut film Maggie, a zombie drama. The big eye-catcher here is that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, cast against type as a father trying to cope with the impending death of his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Ruling The World Makes Assholes Of Us All, And Other Things I Learned From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The dust continues to settle. At around a quarter after ten last Thursday night, in the first North American screenings of Marvel's Phase 2 capper, Avengers: Age of Ultron, a big chunk of the fictional country of Sokovia broke apart... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Does Your Ideal STAR WARS Movie Look Like?

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens much in the news, and speculation about other Star Wars films abound, let's have a bit of a thought experiment. With the universe apparently wide-open, instead of working up our (new) hopes we can... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Ghettoization Of Miles Morales As SPIDER-MAN

I'm going to blow your minds right now: Peter Parker could be played by a black actor. In fact, Peter Parker could be played by an actor of any race at all. Allow me to rephrase, Your Honour: The existence... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Harrison Ford

One of the films going into wide release, over in the US, is The Age of Adaline, a romantic drama about an immortal woman who may start aging again for the man she loves (which sounds a bit like Spring,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Care That Much About STAR WARS Any More

I was at Ebertfest last week, and at 11 in the morning on Thursday my phone - wifi-deprived and scarcely functioning - started blowing up. A social networking hailstorm descended upon me: texts, tweets, Facebook wall posts, a couple of... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Do We Really Want Trailers This Far Ahead?

Every week sees the release of plenty of trailers and teasers, but the past seven days or so have been really extraordinary. With the second Avengers film about to be released, everyone was talking of Star Wars, and Batman vs.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: R-Rated DAREDEVIL For An R-Rated World

Some spoilers for Marvel's Daredevil. On the weekend I afforded Marvel's Daredevil a status I've previously only given to new-released Harry Potter books: the "I am consuming all of this before I do anything else" thing. It's the fastest I've... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Geoffrey Lewis

Earlier this week, veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis died at 79 years of age. Many of the trades ran obituaries on him, some of them including a picture of him with his daughter Juliette Lewis. Upon seeing that picture, three things... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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