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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...

Review: Boyhood – “A genuinely unique and game-changing piece of cinema.”

Review: Boyhood – “A genuinely unique and game-changing piece of cinema.”

Director/Writer: Richard Linklater Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella Synopsis: Starting its study with Mason (Coltrane) aged 5, Boyhood takes us up to Mason aged 18 to show the journey of youth to young adult. Richard Linklater’s eclectic filmography is regularly tied together by the auteur’s emphasis...

Review: Begin Again

Review: Begin Again

Reviewers are never paid well (if, at all), but what we do have is the ability to record little moments of bliss – which is its own reward. Moments after walking out of the screening of musical indie Begin Again I saw men in business suits bopping away with Hari Krishnas. As I turned into the tube station I heard a decent busker singing an obscure Oasis...

Review: Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Review: Monty Python Live (Mostly)

This review by Andrew David Barker, author of The Electric, an excellent novel that I can highly recommend. It came as quite a surprise when Monty Python announced last autumn that they were reforming for a series of shows in London. Python seemed long gone for all of them, with the exception of Eric Idle perhaps. Terry Jones had just gone into production on...