Logan: sad, beautiful and final

James Mangold is a compelling director; in that a lot of his work has real emotional depth and nuance, and often benefits from repeat viewing. And he’s kind of underappreciated. I mean, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 To Yuma and Walk The Line all had him at the helm. And yes, granted, he’s also got The Wolverine on his… Continue reading Logan: sad, beautiful and final

Dangerous Dave

Once there was a guy called Dave who was proper dangerous. Approaching life’s problems he often came a cropper in a major rush. Living each moment depraved, then one day he cracked and caved with little fuss. Decidedly brave, he visited a shamen in the hope he could be saved. And avoid an ignominious end… Continue reading Dangerous Dave

Deadpool: Never a hero

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) pauses from a life-and-death battle to break the fourth wall, much to the dismay of his comrades Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic).

It’s taken a while but Ryan Reynolds has finally been allowed to do what he wants on screen. More or less. And Deadpool is pretty much the perfect character for him. He IS Ryan Reynolds.

Birdman: Keaton’s sad sack soars and swoops

In the last fifteen or twenty years, which actor do you go to for deranged and unhinged? Nic Cage? Jack Nicholson maybe? Actors who were wild in their youth tend to mellow with age, or grow old disgracefully. In the case of Michael Keaton it’s been quite some time since he last danced with the… Continue reading Birdman: Keaton’s sad sack soars and swoops

Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

We’re living in a time of caped crusaders, masked vigilantes, mutants with god complexes… anyway, you get the idea. Plucking a time period of the last ten years out the air to give this thing some parameters, here are my favourites, along with my reasons why. 10. Thor (2011) Deciding that you’re going to stick… Continue reading Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

Chronicle – the ‘found footage’ superhero film

I recently saw a film that had been on my watch list for a while, Chronicle. A new twist on the increasingly crowded superhero genre. When writer Max Landis (son of the legendary Director John Landis) and first-time Director Josh Trank pitched this to the studio, they described it as ‘Blair Witch meets Carrie’, which… Continue reading Chronicle – the ‘found footage’ superhero film