As one year of listening to middle-aged leave-voting cinema goers say “They gave the whole bloody film away in the trailer!” loud enough for the whole room to hear comes to an end, another one lies just around the corner. Isn’t life grand? Could you lend me a grand, actually? I might start a Patreon […]

Every great film has humble beginnings. Pirates of the Caribbean was nought but a corny Disneyland ride until Jerry Bruckheimer decided to do a film out of it. Transformers was merely a globally best-selling line of morphing action figurines and a hugely successful long-running animated television series before Michael Bay thought it might be amusing to […]

Guest critic and part time miniaturist head-based hedge grower Richard Ayoade weighs in with a sometimes scathing, often snarky, but ultimately totally and unavoidably biased and self-congratulatory ‘think’ piece on his own introspective surrealist (semi)fictional autobiography, Ayoade On Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. What follows is an overbearingly analytical self-reflective (much abridged) review of an interview […]

INTRO (Video Warning: Rest In Pieces Headphone Users)  All resemblances to intellectual property of Lucas Arts/Disney are purely coincidental/accidental, whichever of the two sounds better. Song name: Dank Wars by ‘ayyy donkey’.  Darth Sender Combines Training with Interrogating: it’s Intertrainingating.  The all powerful Darth Sender, top ranked climber in the Sendpire’s stable of athletes, doesn’t limit […]

  Shanghai Noon is an action-comedy film starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, and Walton Goggins, released in the year 2000. It was co-scripted by long time writing partners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who have worked together on twenty one film/ television projects since 1996. The film aims to pay homage to some […]

  In the winter of 2014, The Mancunion student newspaper ran a piece – written by me- about the YouTube craze of montage parodies, or ‘MLGs’, as less informed scrubs referred to them. The feature outlined the ins and outs of the MP movement – its origins, its exponential growth, and some edgy projections for […]

  Nicolas Kim Coppola Cage has starred in seventy two feature length films made for widespread cinematic release, and two made-for-television movies. Actor, director, writer, producer, musician, philanthropist, archaeologist, lover, father, comic book collector, vampire, friend to the stars, and god among men, Cage has solidified his reputation as the greatest living performer of our […]

A video called The Chickening has been posted to YouTube which re-imagines Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork horror, The Shining, as an explosive X-Rated B-Movie about a fried chicken fast-food theme park resort.  There is nothing of worth that I can think to say about this video. What I can say that every other edgy viral video […]

Staying to the end of The Revenant’s credits you might notice, if you’re looking for it, a suspicious lack of the usual ‘No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Motion Picture’ message, accompanied by the American Humane Association’s iconic multispecies stamp. This is troubling, because it means there may have been insufficient levels […]

Did you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX and break out into excitable spasms over your false childhood memories of watching A New Hope in the cinema for the very first time when you were negative 18 years old? False nostalgia is an odd mental state, one that the general geekdom has fallen […]