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THE WOLVERINE – Marvel’s main man gets a script to sink his claws into.

July 30, 2013

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It would be easy to be cynical about yet another entry into one of the many superhero franchises that seem to dominate the landscape of modern cinema these days, but at least with “The Wolverine” there seems have been a conscious effort to mark the film out as more than just another comic book summer […]

PROMETHEUS: A MODERN FRANKENSTIEN – Why Ridley Scott’s Magnum Opus is a flawed masterpiece

July 12, 2012

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – the long-awaited pseudo-sequel to his 1977 seminal sci-fi/horror film – is finally out and, frankly, has left many people scratching their heads. Perhaps one of the reasons for this confusion is that sequels generally answer questions raised by the films they purportedly predate (the Star Wars prequels are a prime example) […]

Spookily good – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is full of spirit.

January 24, 2012

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Let’s face it, the Mission Impossible franchise shouldn’t have worked.  It was released at a time when Hollywood had a yen for taking television series to the silver screen and failing miserably. Most of these big screen adaptations of their small screen counterparts smacked of desperation and unoriginality, of cashing in on nostalgia and an […]

Slaying The Dragon – David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

January 6, 2012

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By now there must be no one on the planet who hasn’t heard of Stieg Larsson’s brilliant Millennium Trilogy and its intriguing protagonist Lisbeth Salander. There has nary been a beach holiday or a tube journey that hasn’t unveiled yet another reader of the books, despite the phenomenon having reached its crest some time ago. […]

Circus Master – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy review.

October 31, 2011

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“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a truly grand achievement. Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and British husband and wife screenwriters Peter Straughan & the late Bridget O’Connor have managed to take Le Carre’s richly layered, meandering and complex novel and redact it and restructure it into a film that still retains the essential core of the […]

The Readjustment Bureau – Philip K. Dick’s contribution to cinema.

October 30, 2011

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A few days ago, the estate of Philip K. Dick started legal proceedings against Media Rights Capital over a dispute in payments resulting from the Matt Damon movie The Adjustment Bureau. According to the Trust, despite the numerous agreements made and the Trust’s every assistance in getting the film made, MRC are now denying they are […]

Reboot the system – Hollywood’s love of starting over.

May 26, 2011

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Following the recent release of Thor, I thought I’d take a look at the Hollywood phenomenon of the superhero film and the seemingly increasing desire to reboot comic book franchises. For Hollywood, a successful franchise is a licence to print money. Making films is always a gamble and requires a huge upfront stake. The money […]