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Guardians of the Galaxy is “a two hour deep tissue massage of your joy receptors.”

Guardians of the Galaxy is “a two hour deep tissue massage of your joy receptors.”

James Gunn blasts the Marvel Cinematic Universe into space. And not twee, Branagh’s Thor space – mental, planet-hopping, aliens everywhere, insane looking space ships, Star Wars on ‘shrooms space. An excitingly close to confusing “You’ll pick it up as you go along” attitude to plot – the warring alien races, the frail peace...

Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas is an out of season indie gem

Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas is an out of season indie gem

I know, I know – it’s Summertime, but, weird timing aside, forget the Christmas thing. It’s not important. Yuletide set as it may be, Happy Christmas isn’t a Christmas movie – it’s a brilliant little comedy drama, with a great cast, that just happen to open some presents at the end. Actually, that probably makes it a great Christmas...

Review: Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses – “A sexagenarian Justice League!”

Review: Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses – “A sexagenarian Justice League!”

Bad Ass 1 was Danny Trejo’s Batman. Seriously, go watch Bad Ass. In Bad Ass 2 he teams up with Danny Glover, but that doesn’t make Bad Asses an OAP Batman and Robin, it’s more like a sexagenarian Justice League. With only two members. And they are both Batman.   Danny Trejo’s Frank Vega became Bad Ass in the first movie after...

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy “The best Marvel movie so far.”

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy “The best Marvel movie so far.”

I may go into some minor spoilers a bit later, but to begin I will just give you the basics. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is fantastic. James Gunn, along with the amazing cast and crew, has put together a wonderful movie that is unlike any of the other Marvel comic book films, but then the comic itself is different to the others. I found myself...

Danny Trejo is awesome, but is the rest of Darkness Descends?

Danny Trejo is awesome, but is the rest of Darkness Descends?

Darkness Descends (or “Redemption: The Darkness Descending” as it appears in the film; because why have one perfectly good title, when you can have two – a hokey one, and a clunky one – separated by a colon?) stars my hero: Danny Trejo. Well, “stars”: he’s the headliner on the box because he’s awesome, but Darkness Descends is definitely...

Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Movie

Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Movie

I never quite bought into the hype of The LEGO Movie when it hit cinemas back in February, but a revisit on Blu-ray has proven more rewarding than I ever anticipated. For starters, it looks divine in High Definition. It’s fluid and bright and gloriously colour-paletted, which makes watching it a total joy. The jokes, too, appeared to resonate and have...

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Set ten years after a genetically superior Caesar led his fellow apes off to start a new way of life far from human reach; Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel full of action and tension let down by a lack of emotional punch. Some minor spoilers ahead. Those who watched the mid-credits scene of Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 surprise hit will have...

DVD review: Vampire Academy

DVD review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy is like a vamped up version of Hogwarts. The students aren’t just there to learn magic, but to suck blood, brutally bitch about each other and learn to kick the shit out of lurking monsterised vampires called strigoi. It’s like a mix of Harry Potter, Divergent and Heathers – with fangs. At least the book is. The movie is directed...

Video Nasties: Draconian Days – Review

Video Nasties: Draconian Days – Review

Draconian Days is director Jake West (Doghouse) and producer Marc Morris’s follow-up to their 2010 documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape. That was a brilliant documentary focussing on the seventy-two films that were deemed so violent and potentially damaging they they were believed to violate the Obscene Publications...

Review: Ballet Boys

Review: Ballet Boys

In an art form so intensely dominated by females, Norwegian director Kenneth Elvebakk has focused his lens on the less-scrutinised male side of the competitive ballet world in his first feature length documentary – the two prior film credits to his name amounting to 52 and 55 minutes, respectively. Cameras follow Lukas, Torgeir and Syvert as they grapple with...