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DVD Review: [REC] 4 Apocalypse

DVD Review: [REC] 4 Apocalypse

[REC]’s 1 and 2 were first person POV found footage descents into Spanish zombie-filled hell. Traumatic, terrifying and relentless roller coasters. 3 changed things up and went too zom-com for the fans of the original films, so 4 sees the return of main character Ángela (Manuela Velasco), as well as director Jaume Balageró and some of the found...

DVD Review: Wolves

DVD Review: Wolves

From David Hayter, the writer of Watchmen, X-Men 1 and 2, Wolves sees Hayter take on not just scripting duties this time around, but also the director’s chair. Hayter’s IMDb implies he will be writing and directing a Black Widow movie for Marvel – even though there hasn’t been one announced – but his star has had his high profile...

Review: A Dark Reflection – “An intriguing picture that raises questions”

Review: A Dark Reflection – “An intriguing picture that raises questions”

In Brett Martin’s excellent book Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, the author discusses David Simon’s frustration that fans of his HBO drama The Wire “[are] still talking about their favourite characters rather than concentrating on the shows political...

Review: Hinterland – “Honest and heartbreaking. A beautifully shot indie”

Review: Hinterland – “Honest and heartbreaking. A beautifully shot indie”

Harry McQueen’s feature debut, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, concerns two long lost friends: A musician named Lola (played by real life musician Lori Campbell) and struggling writer Harvey (Harry McQueen). Best friends in their youth, Lola and Harvey are reunited when family trouble brings Lola back from her seemingly unending travels,...

Review: Focus – “Sexy, slick and sophisticated rom-con”

Review: Focus – “Sexy, slick and sophisticated rom-con”

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in Focus, a tricksy, on-the-con heist movie from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writer-directors of Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You Phillip Morris. As much as everyone loves a sleek Hollywood scam movie, all eyes are particularly on this one due to the leads next project together: Suicide Squad. A vital part of DC’s...

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman

The very first image in Birdman is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it frame of beached jelly fish – followed by a meteor burning through the sky. An omen? A metaphor for the fleeting nature of fame? We’ll never know. It’s a scene that perfectly sets the tone for a movie that toes a blurry line between reality and insanity – Birdman raises many questions,...

Review – Into the Woods and its nominations for the 87th Academy Award

Review – Into the Woods and its nominations for the 87th Academy Award

ABOUT: Into the Woods is a 2014 American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. It features an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick,...

Review: Cake

Review: Cake

Somewhat typecast — and unfairly so — for her consistent appearances in rom-coms over the years, you’d be forgiven for assuming Jen Aniston was content in what would appear to be her element. But Cake proves this is not the case. In fact, it seems the Friends star has been aching to delve into something meatier than The Bounty Hunter. Granted,...

Review: Predestination

Review: Predestination

Warning, this review contains spoilers… You have been warned A minor long-term irritation of mine is the use of stable time-loops in cinema. The android that turns out to have been programmed by itself, events conspiring so that future you had to save past you from peril. The problem occurs when the medium fails to show the setup, the tying of the knot....

Tech Review: Optoma GT1080 projector

Tech Review: Optoma GT1080 projector

Having already reviewed Optoma’s HD50 and HD26 projectors it was time to give the GT1080 a spin. This one is aimed more at the gaming market and one of its biggest features is that you can get a 100″ image with the projector just a meter away from the screen or wall. This is a great feature, but also a limiting one. More on that later. Out of...