Ridley Scott’s latest ‘looks set to fall neatly into the anti-science camp’

Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s science fiction summa, is out on 1st June and most people are pretty excited about it; Galileo Galilei isn’t though. Magazine covers, billboards, even a fake TED lecture have all been building the hype surrounding Scott’s return to the genre he helped define. However, our man with the 16th century telescope would […]

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Hoff with his head: Our grizzly verdict on Piranha 3DD

First thing’s first: I absolutely loved Piranha 3D, Alexandre Aja’s 2010 tongue-in-cheek homage to grindhouse cinema. Gloriously excessive, featuring violence and nudity so gratuitous even Roger Corman would have blinked, it also had a certain satirical bent that elevated it up above similar efforts. It even had the Doc from Back To The Future. In […]

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Have screenwriters had their day?

For generations of readers, the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff was shrouded in mystery; with only Nelly’s incomplete version of events to go on, they had no way of knowing exactly how the two children managed to cement their lifelong connection on the lonely moors.  That is, until they saw the 2011 movie version—with Nelly, […]

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Marley: Worth a few bob

One man born into deepest poverty in rural Jamaica, the other an alumnus of the prestigious Glenalmond college and grandson of an Oscar winner and BAFTA fellow. It sounds an unlikely pairing, but it would be hard to envisage a more comprehensive account of Bob Marley’s life than Kevin MacDonald’s Marley. Produced with the backing […]

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This Must Be The Place: Sorrentino’s shambolic American odyssey fails to impress

The big question is; why did Robert Smith, lead singer of proto-Goth band The Cure, cut off his hair in 1986? It’s because of all that Nazi-hunting he did. Paolo Sorrentino’s man-child coming-of-age story This Must be the Place seems to have emerged from this kind of conversation and only gets stranger. Sean Penn (channelling Smith) follows up […]

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Mel Gibson: Would you hire him?

It’s that time of year again; Mel Gibson is once more surrounded by allegations of anti-Semitism. Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has accused him of ‘hating Jews’ and recorded a Gibsonian diatribe about ‘oven dodgers’ (a recording of which can be heard on all good video-uploading websites). Mel has been offending homosexuals, Jews, Mexicans and anyone […]

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