Category Film Reviews

Troll 2 – Nobody Sets Out to Make a Bad Movie… Or Do They?

You want to direct a film, something which promotes your ethical convictions while also condemning the unquestioned societal horrors  which you are forced to withstand day in, day out. But it’s 1989 and there’s not a half-way in hell that someone is going to watch your radical vegan documentary, let alone fund it. And even […]

Disgusting Voiceover in Legend (2015)

“What’s this, a drama about two larger than life alpha males (both played by Thomas Hardy, no less) which is narrated by a female character, giving her a great power to change the way in which the viewer will consider the actions of the masculine leads by providing an outsider perspective, while also shedding light […]

Hunter S. Thompson: The Man, The Myth, The Multiple Movie Cash Ins

*This blog post was originally written as an article for The Mancunion student newspaper* ‘Hell, if somethin’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.’ This is an incontrovertible mantra, and one which was espoused by father of modern journalism Dr Hunter S. Thompson on many occasions, not just in his writing career but in his daily […]

Top Ten Films of 2014

Most WordPressers got their 2014 lists out of the way weeks ago. Better late than never. The year of our lord Two Thousand and Fourteen was a pretty good one for films, but there was an unmistakable atmosphere of panic, as all the little guys cleared the way before the boulder of 2015 blockbusters came […]

Top Ten Worst Films of 2014

Movie Quibble is in its second year! Hip hip hoorah. Here’s a round-up of the ten worst films that I paid to see in the cinema during the past twelve months. Except for RoboCop, which I got into for free thank god. If you’re at a loss over the absence of Postman Pat: The Movie […]

Undisputed III – The most complete fighting movie in the world?

This post was originally written as an article for The Mancunion newspaper. ‘Boyka! Boyka! Boyka! Boyka!’ – The chanting of a thousand malnourished, krokodil-addicted Russian convicts thunders around the makeshift ring like the intro song to SpongeBob SquarePants does in the sound-torture cells of a CIA blacksite. Yuri Boyka, played by the awe inspiring Scott […]

Review – Leviathan – 5/5

This review was originally written as an article for The Mancunion newspaper. Director:  Andrey Zvyaginstev                                                                                                                                               Certificate: 15 Cast:  Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleskey Serebryakov                                                                                                                                                            Running Time: 2hr 20min Plot: Nikolay is not a wealthy man, but has all that a man needs: a wife, a child, a home, some guns, and a solid […]

Review – Interstellar – 3/5

Director: Christopher Nolan Certificate: 12 A Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, My Cocaine, Casey ‘Holy over-achieving older brother, Batman!’ Affleck Running Time: 2hr 49min Plot: A spaceman (Matthew McNeverWearsHisShirt) who likes space can’t go to space because humans have destroyed the planet, which is now a barren dustbowl capable of producing no food […]

Review – Nightcrawler – 4/5

Director: Dan Gilroy Certificate: 15 Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Running Time: 1hr 57min Plot: Sociopathic loner Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds his calling in the morbid world of nocturnal crime scene reportage; his desire to climb the ladder of his profession overrules his regard for the law or indeed for […]

Review – Fury – 4/5

This review was originally written as an article for The Mancunion newspaper. Director: David Ayer Certificate: 15 Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña Running Time: 2hrs 14min Plot: The battle-hardened crew of a Sherman tank nicknamed Fury haggardly fight to see out the second world war and live to tell the tale. […]