Review: The Dark Knight Rises

It's flawed and messy, but Christopher Nolan concludes the heck out of his Batman trilogy.

The Amazing Spider-Man Cupcakes

Our very own amazing Spider-Noms. IN 3D.

Review: Electrick Children

Mormons made pregnant by rock music? This is an immaculately conceived gem.

Interview: Rebecca Thomas

The director of Electrick Children tells us all about knocking people up with her iPod...

Review: The Hunter

A gripping reminder of what one man can do with a stick, a gun and an awesome beard.

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Sing along with this review of Marc Webb's reboot...

Genius of Hitchcock

As the BFI's retrospective of the master of suspense continues, learn about all things Alfred.

Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Funny, sweet and engaging. But it feels closer to 10.

Frightfest the 13th

Blood, guts, booze and more - the full line-up ahead of this year's FrightFest.

Review: Prometheus

Stunning. Ambitious. Provocative. Disappointing.

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Hilariously daft, amiably warm, gorgeously colourful and generally all-round awwwwwwww


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Posters of the Week: Moonrise Kingdom (Alternative Posters) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:58

This Poster of the Week was easy - and at the same time insanely difficult. On the one hand, the best posters I've seen on the internet are these superb Moonrise Kingdom alternative posters (yes, better than the Dark Knight Rises ones). On the other hand, it's impossible to choose between them because they're all so flipping lovely.

So here are the top four posters of the week:


Moonrise Kingdom alternative poster 


Read on for the rest - the full collection is over at Shortlist, with designs from Brandon Schaefer, Ben Whitesell, Matt Needle, Ibraheem Youssef and Fran Asensio.

The Great Gatsby trailer sees Gatsby on everyone's lips Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:02

"You always look so cool. The man in the cool, beautiful suit."

The Great Gatsby trailer is here. And Baz Luhrrman is absolutely loving the extravagance of the mysterious Mr. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Just look at this man holding a giant bottle of champagne. LOOK at it.

The Great Gatsby giant bottle

Now imagine it in 3-D.

There's no doubt that the Moulin Rouge director can convey the extravagance of the 1920s - he just needs to nail that American Dream to the wall with equal aplomb. That's the difficult part. So far, all we can tell from the trailer is that an awful lot of people say "Gatsby" over and over again. Still, that giant bottle of champagne does look impressive. And it's nice to see Tobey Maguire sinking his teeth into something that isn't Spider-Man.

Read on for the full video, which is currently over at MSN, and The Great Gatsby poster too.

Film review: Moonrise Kingdom Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:09
Moonrise Kingdom review
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton
Certificate: 12A

"Dear Sam. Where?" "Dear Suzy. When?"

That's how Sam and Suzy arrange to run away together. By hand-written letters from opposite sides of a remote island.

He, a bullied Khaki Scout who sets fires to things while sleepwalking; she, a troubled child with violent tendencies and a lot of eyeshadow. Alienated by uncomprehending families and friends, they plan to survive on their own in the woods.

Fortunately, they’re well equipped. Sam has his Scout skills. Suzy has binoculars. Plus they have a torch, a toothbrush, a Davey Crocket hat, a frying pan, an air gun, a suitcase full of books - and Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

The Master trailer is hypnotic stuff Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 06:56

Just as you start to get excited by all the new trailers, along comes Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and steals the show.

The Master follows the eponymous man in the 1950s, who begins a religious movement that gains followers across the US. It's not based on anything officially, but you can bet your ass it rhymes with Schmientology.

Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman star, although we only get to see Phoenix in this short glimpse. He's a bit messed up. Has violent episodes. Can't remember them afterwards. Let's call him Com Truise. The beginning of a flashback structure for the film? Hoffamsn' The Master would know. But there's no sign of him yet.

After lots of struggles trying to get this one made, PTA's long-awaited film is finally on its way to the screen - five years after There Will Be Blood - and it looks every bit as intriguing as its premise suggests. Not least because of Jonny Greenwood's hypnotic, rhythmic, discordant chords that goes alongside Joaquin's nervous mumblings. Here's the trailer:



We'll just start preparing those Oscars now, shall we?


In pictures: Yet another Skyfall teaser trailer breakdown Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 21 May 2012 20:54

The Skyfall teaser trailer arrived this morning - and it was just a little bit ruddy fantastic. But because Roger Deakins' visuals were so stunning and the whole thing was so short, I found myself replaying the video in slow-motion just to get a closer look at it all.

So here's a full breakdown of the Skyfall teaser trailer in HD screencaps. Because sometimes a two-second picture of giant blue jellyfish just isn't enough.

Film review: Iron Sky Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 21 May 2012 09:48
Iron Sky movie still
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Cast: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby
Certificate: 15

Nazis. On the moon. Moon Nazis. Noons. Mazis. However you say it, Iron Sky’s premise sounds brilliant. And it starts off exactly like it should: with the world’s first black astronaut and male model, James Washington (Kirby), venturing onto the dark side of the moon - only to discover a hidden base for the Fourth Reich. So far, so Transformers 3. But with more brains. And breasts.

First Skyfall teaser trailer? Best. Monday. Morning. Ever. Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 21 May 2012 08:32

Skyfall trailer 

"Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first."

That's the sound of Bond going bad-ass in the Skyfall teaser trailer. That other noise? The high-pitched squealing? That's me geeking out over Bond going bad-ass in the Skyfall teaser trailer.

There's barely anything to the video, but what's on show is fantastic. The framing and composition are gorgeous and the lighting suitably moody. Guns, explosions, word association, it's all good. As for Daniel Craig, he's never looked more licensed to kill. Now all we need is some more Naomie Harris and a bit of Ben Whishaw to go with Judi Dench and all those coffins.

Read on for the full Skyfall teaser trailer - if this is what 84 seconds of a Sam Mendes Bond film is like, imagine it going on for two hours.

UPDATE: Two Anchorman 2 teaser trailers are gonna make you cream Print E-mail



Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 21 May 2012 08:14

UPDATE: TWO Anchorman 2 teaser trailers have turned up - the second a lot funnier than the first.

In other news, I love Brick.

You're gonna cream

Cannes Diary 2012: Day 4 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 19 May 2012 12:59

Day 4

On a scale of 1 to Not in Cannes, I'm still firmly up at the Not in Cannes end of the spectrum. But that didn't stop me from seeing Wes Anderson's latest film in London last night anyway.

Conclusion? I loved it. Partly because Moonrise Kingdom sounds like the best Super Mario level ever:


Moonrise Kingdom Nintendo


I'll have a full review for you next week, when I'm not so busy not being in Cannes.


The Raid: An unofficial body count (Infographic) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 18 May 2012 10:06



If you hadn't already guessed from the drunken male whooping and loud, sadistic cheering, The Raid is out in UK cinemas tomorrow. And by heck, is it good, if only for learning all the really cool ways to kill people - Welsh director Gareth Evans knows loads.

The endless spree of gleeful gore is so spectacular that the first question I asked when I walked out of the blood-splattered cinema was: how many people died in The Raid: Redemption? And, more importantly, HOW did they die?

And so, when I saw the film for a second time at the Picturehouse Podcast's special birthday screening, I went prepared. I took a pen and paper and (in between crying out in pleasure) noted down every single kill in The Raid and attempted to categorise them by method of dispatch. Afterwards, I took my incomprehensible pile of scribbles and added The Raid's body count up - then, inspired by the glorious carnage, spent the rest of the evening trying to think of a really cool way to kill someone using a piece of A4 paper.

The result was this handy infographic. Read on to see The Raid: Redemption - an unofficial body count, with an emphasis on the unofficial. Because it's hard to count when you're distracted by awesome, non-stop violence.


(Warning: Spoilers - well, for those who don't want to know how to kill a man with a fridge.)

Cannes Diary 2012: Day 3 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 18 May 2012 09:47

Cannes Diary

Day 3


Guess where I am? That's right! Still not in Cannes.

New She Monkeys trailer showcases twangy guitar Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 18 May 2012 07:52

She Monkeys is out in UK cinemas today - and it's a rather good little Swedish flick that centres on control, sex, horses and teenage girls.

To get you in the mood for some Swedish equine romance, here's the new trailer that plays up Lisa Aschan's description of the film as a "modern Western". But don't be fooled by the twangy guitar and guns - this is a seriously challenging movie that aims straight at sexual taboos and shoots from the hip.

If you like what you see, head this way to read our She Monkeys review.



Breaking: Skyfall poster reveals James Bond's tiny cousin Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:07

The Skyfall poster has now been revealed. And we can all clearly see that the film will follow Daniel Craig's James Bond as he is shrunk down to microscopic size and fired out of the barrel of a gun, probably aimed at Bérénice Marlohe's breasts - his sexiest and most perilous mission yet.

Anyway, enough of that. Here it is. Marvel at its simple beauty.


Skyfall poster


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