Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Smidgen less Religion, please.

It’s fair to say that Christianity is not exactly on the upsurge in this age of scientific and technological advancement, but in a twist of events as inexplicable as an immaculate conception, people everywhere are making films about it. The tales from the Old and New Testaments have been adapted into feature length format time […]

HOBBIT HYPE: SHERLOCK SERIES 3 DATES (Smaug-lock Holmes and Dr Wats-on-his-pocketses?)

After much grumbling about the death of the BBC’s current Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in series two and a great deal of hypothesising about his resurrection in the upcoming third series, we finally have a release date: The first episode of Sherlock series 3, titled ‘The Empty Hearse’, will be aired on New Year’s Day […]

TOP Five: Santas on Screen

Old Saint Nick is gearing up for another hectic Christmas Eve so now’s the perfect time to celebrate his finest movie moments. He really has great screen presents… 5. A Christmas Story (1983)- Ralphie queues up all day to tell  Santa he wants a BB gun for Christmas. The forty year old alcoholic that greets […]

HOBBIT HYPE: Tolkien Biopic

To quote Tolkien-hater Hugo Dyson…’Oh no! Not another fuc***g’ biopic! Clearly cashing in on the current popularity of the Hobbit trilogy, Fox Searchlight have decided to make a feature length film celebrating the life and times of John Ronald Ruel Tolkien. Apparently the focus will be on his early life, especially the traumatic World War […]

Review: Dom Hemingway – 2/5

(This review was written like two weeks ago but I forgot about it. Not much use any more, but thought I might as well post it.) Director:  Richard Shepard Certificate:  15 Cast:  Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir, Running Time:  93 Min   Plot: Hard living safe cracker Dom Hemingway (Law) is […]

What I Watched Last Night: Nosferatu and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Double Bill

As part of the BFI ‘Gothic’ season, a double screening Vampire night was hosted by Grimmfest  at the Dancehouse theatre in Manchester. A couple of speakers introduced the films – Nosferatu (1922) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – and they were keen to emphasise the Irish heritage of the Vampire legend. Bram Stoker, the author […]

HOBBIT HYPE: There is still hope!

A while ago I wrote a piece for The Mancunion film section ‘Contrary Corner’ (which can be found online here http://mancunion.com/2013/10/14/contrary-corner-the-desolation-of-smaug-more-like-the-desolation-of-tolkien/ )  in which I discussed / vented my hatred for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, or more specifically the first instalment, An Unexpected Journey. The arguments presented in the article were   snipped from a 1,200 word Hobbit […]

Top Five: Mid-Sentence Explosions (With Videos!)

Sometimes the only way to make actors shut up is to blow some shit up. 5. Briefcase Bomb- The Untouchables (1987) –  Billy Drago (Ivan’s assassin brother?) leaves a time bomb briefcase in a neighbourhood café, and as an act of common decency a little girl tries to return it. This moment is enhanced no […]

What I Watched Last Night: Throne Of Blood (1957)

Dir: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Kubo As it turned out, making a throne out of blood wasn’t really feasible  so he had to make do with a stool. Throne of Blood is a black and white Japanese film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, brought to life by critic’s favourite Akira Kurosawa (he also […]

Review: The Counsellor – 2/5

Director:  Ridley Scott Certificate:  18 Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Running Time:  117 min   Plot:  A greed driven lawyer (Fassbender) known only as ‘Counsellor’ bites off more than he can chew when he fronts money for a shipment of drugs from Mexico. Javier Bardem’s appearance is quite frankly […]