Zoolander 2

Really, really, ridiculously disappointing.

The Assassin

There are martial arts movies and there are martial arts movies. The Assassin isn't either.

Batman v Superman

A bold, mature exploration of myths and epics - followed by a two-hour mess.

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Happy New Year Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 13:05

Don't pretend you don't feel exactly like this. 



Top 12 films of 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 31 December 2012 11:50

Top 12 films of 2012

Here we go, then. Another one of them lists of really good films that I watched in the last 12 months that were marginally slightly better than all those other also really good films. Yep, 2012 has been a surprisingly kind year to cinema - both indie and mainstream alike. From the musical masterpiece How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? to the fantastically creepy Spanish horror Sleep Tight, I've seen some cracking stuff since December 2011. And those are just the movies that haven't been released in the UK.

Of course, those are the rules for these end of year thingamabobs: only films given a theatrical release between January and December 2012 count. And that still doesn't make it any easier. (I think) I saw a total of 200 films in the cinema this year. 136 theatrical releases, 33 at the London Film Festival, 23 at Raindance, 4 at the Brixton Ritzy's inaugural Argentine Film Festival and 4 at Sundance London.

Out of those, these are the top 12 films of 2012. Probably.

COMPETITION: Win Searching for Sugar Man on DVD Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 23 December 2012 09:25

Searching for Sugar Man DVD Competition 

Hands up if you like good music.

Hands up if you still haven’t got someone a Christmas present.

Now put your hands down and enter this competition.

Searching for Sugar Man, one of the best documentaries of the year, is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Thursday 27th December, and to finish our 2012 advent calendar, we’ve got two copies to give away.

DVDs, that is, not Blu-rays. We’re not THAT generous.

John Lewis Christmas Advert - Extended Cut Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 12:20

Where DID that snowman in the John Lewis advert get the scarf and gloves from?



(With thanks to the 1997 horror movie Jack Frost.)


For more disturbing Christmas things, keep opening our advent calendar here.


Christmas Reading List 2012: The Master screenplay Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 21 December 2012 14:51

Read The Master screenplay online

Word has it that Paul Thomas Anderson chopped and changed his cult drama on the hoof, leaving a powerful Phillip Seymour Hoffmand and an electrifying Joaquin Phoenix adrift in a bloated, slow-moving story.

Is it true? Now you can find out just how much of the film's captivating mind-play started out on the page by reading The Master screenplay online.

Find the PDF here, thanks to The Weinstein Company's sexy awards site.



For some of 2012's other best screenplays, flick through the rest of our advent calendar.


BOGOF: Why Hollywood's two-part movie adaptations are a good thing Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 21 December 2012 06:15

When The Hobbit came out last week, I complained that it was unnecessarily long, that an over-eager Peter Jackson was padding out a tiny narrative just so he could stretch it to an epic three films.

Well, I've had a change of heart. I've decided that multi-part adaptations are the future. Keep your 3D, your 48 frames per second, your D-Box, E-Box, F-Box or whatever. The real revolution is the runtime.

Splitting films of books into several movies is a decision that clearly has a lot of artistic merit. How else would we get a 30-minute sequence in which dwarves eat some food? Or an extended fight scene in Breaking Dawn: Part 2 that sees Michael Sheen’s head kicked off? Just think of the insight and depth we can get from extended adaptation of literary classics. If less is more; imagine how much more more is.

Yep, there are millions of novels out there that would benefit from – nay, need – the two, or three, movie treatment. All the world needs is a list of titles, brief synopses and Photoshopped posters to prove it.

Advent Calendar 2012: Now That's What I Call Christmas Movie Music! (2000s) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 16:25

A few weeks ago I set myself a daunting challenge: to work out the 10 best Christmas movie soundtracks of all time for Den of Geek. Along the way, I discovered that I had a huge soft spot for Love Actually's soundtrack. More a compilation of pop songs than actual Christmas compositions, it's an album that guarantees to put me in a seasonal mood.


But it's not just Richard Curtis' cheesy jukebox that has become a firm festive favourite. It turns out that the noughties had quite a few good Christmas movie soundracks. The best of all? Not Elf's jazzy medley of carols, but Alan Silvestri's score for The Polar Express. So if you share my love of Bill Nighy stripping, Zooey Deschanel singing or Tom Hanks struggling to come up with words that rhyme with "express", here's our final Advent Calendar playlist.


(Requires Spotify)



Previous Christmas playlists:

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1940s/50s/60s

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1980s

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1990s



Best Christmas movies on UK TV (2012) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:41

The Girl, BBC, Boxing Day

What movies are on TV this Christmas? We go through the 2012 festive Radio Times and pick out the best films and film-related dramas that are showing over the holiday period so you don't have to.

Did you know BBC 2 are having a mini-Hitchcock season on Friday 28th December following The Girl's premiere on Boxing Day? Spotted Channel 4's screening of The Girl with Dragon Tattoo trilogy from Boxing Day onwards? When's The Snowman sequel on again? And do you have a chance to see the original first?

And, most importantly of all, when's Die Hard and The Muppet Christmas Carol on?

Here's a rundown of our Christmas TV highlights.

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