Tag Archives: Sam Raimi

Ash vs: or, why Living Dead has already left Walking Dead behind 

In 83 episodes over 6 seasons, THE WALKING DEAD has captivated audiences the world over with grim character work, creeping dread and excessive zombie killing. I am no longer one of those captivated – the pilot was great and there … Continue reading

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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

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Halloween Series Retrospective: Evil Dead

This is the segment where I pick apart a well-worn film series and see how well it’s aged, and how well it hasn’t. In the leadup to Halloween I’ve revisited Sam Raimi’s beloved horror-comedy series EVIL DEAD. Groovy. THE EVIL … Continue reading

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“Stories of Imagination Tend to Upset Those Without One” (RIP Sir Terry Pratchett)

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The End. The above was posted last Thursday on Terry Pratchett’s Twitter … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts More: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I hated THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 when I saw it earlier this year. I wasn’t planning on watching it again, but sometimes a movie you detest just turns up in your house and you’re strangely compelled to put them on. … Continue reading

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Playing Catchup

I’ve loved films for a long time. All my life really. I try and see as many, and as varied movies as I possibly can. But you can only watch so much in a year, and there are still a … Continue reading

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Superhero Movies Before They Were Cool

Once upon a time, superhero movies were not the norm. They didn’t dominate. They certainly weren’t the most popular and profitable film genre on the planet. Hollywood had had dalliances with comic book adaptations, for sure – Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN … Continue reading

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My Favourite…Superhero Movie

My favourite superhero movie is X-MEN 2. It’s a bit of a tired analogy to use concerning a sequel, but it really is the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of comic book films in that it’s bleaker (though still with welcome light … Continue reading

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Spider-Mangled

A big film trailer popped up online today. As if it hadn’t been teased and built-up enough. Please stop advertising your advertisements, film studios, it smacks of desperation. I’ll freely admit that I liked THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN when I first saw … Continue reading

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Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is a hoot. It begins like a much swearier and more violent Hammer horror film, and becomes an excessive tribute to EVIL DEAD-era Sam Raimi by the end. As a bonus the whole cast look like they’re … Continue reading

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