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This does put a smile on my face…
There’s a palpable crackle in the atmosphere, enough to make a teenager’s Spidey-sense kick in. That can only mean one thing: Marvel have given us an early Christmas present with the first trailer for next year’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. So … Continue reading
This is not going to go the way you think…
Something happened last night (or this morning in the UK). There was a disturbance in the force and millions of voices cried out in jubilation, not to be silenced until December. The first full trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST … Continue reading
What the Hell, Hollywood?
Last night the news came over social media and via press release that we were finally getting another HELLBOY movie. Settle down folks, it’s not the much-clamoured-for never-movie HELLBOY III. It’s going to be a reboot and Guillermo del Toro … Continue reading
Passing Thoughts: Spider-Physics and a Case of Mistaken Identity
I have this physicist friend and the other day we were talking in the pub about nuclear fusion, like you do. My mind went straight to the scene in SPIDER-MAN 2 where Doc Ock attempts such an experiment to create … Continue reading
Wonder of Wonders
Alright Warner Brothers, you have my attention. The coveted high-profile Hall H panels at San Diego Comic Con as always boasted the very shiniest footage from big studios’ upcoming extravaganzas, but by far the most promising was our first proper … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Film Comment Tagged Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Pine, Comic Con, Connie Nelson, DC, Film, Gal Gadot, John Williams, Junkie XL, Mad Max, Marvel, Monster, Movies, Patty Jenkins, Superman, Thor, Warner Brothers, Wonder Woman Leave a comment
If Batman v Superman somehow bombs, what then?
It’s almost unthinkable, I know, but what would it mean if BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE bombs critically and/or commercially when it is finally released later this month? At the very least it might sound the death knell for … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Film Comment Tagged Avengers: Infinity War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck, Blockbuster, Christopher Nolan, Deadpool, Film, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Justice League, Man of Steel, Movies, Peter Jackson, Suicide Squad, Superhero Movie, The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers, Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder Leave a comment
“Alas…he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life” (RIP Alan Rickman)
January 2016 will go down as a cruel time for the arts. Just days after transcendent musician David Bowie passed away at 69 from cancer, character actor extraordinaire Alan Rickman has died at the same age from the same dreadful … Continue reading
If The Force Awakens really is that good, what then?
It’s an equally enticing and scary prospect for STAR WARS fans, the thought that if THE FORCE AWAKENS really does deliver on all it promises, then THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK will no longer be the quintessential trip to a Galaxy … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Film Comment Tagged Ben Burtt, Blockbuster, Fantasy, Film, George Lucas, JJ Abrams, John Williams, Lawrence Kasdan, Movies, Return of the Jedi, Sci-fi, Space Opera, Star Trek, Star Trek into Darkness, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens Leave a comment
Review Embargoes: A Catch-22 for All Involved
To embargo or not to embargo? That is the question. Whether gagging journalists’ criticisms pre-release or simply not showing anyone your product before the big day, it’s a major concern for film studios and their flagship blockbuster products, not to … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Film Comment Tagged 20th Century Fox, Blockbuster, Cloverfield, Disney, Fantastic Four, Film, Film Criticism, Horror, JJ Abrams, Josh Trank, Marvel, Movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, Super 8 Leave a comment
HBO Max, Scuttling Content and the Waste of the Streaming War
This week the completely dumbfounding news emerged that HBO Max has cancelled two upcoming films that had already been completed; Adil and Bilall’s BATGIRL and animated sequel SCOOB: HOLIDAY HAUNT. It’s not unheard of for studios to pull the plug … Continue reading →