A Bad Day to Die Hard

Going by the trailers that have been released for the latest movie in the Die Hard franchise, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the film is simply a long series of explosions, car crashes and machine gun fire occasionally interrupted by predictable one-liners. You’d be forgiven because that’s exactly what it is. A Good Day […]

Continue Reading

Zombie Angst: ‘Warm Bodies’ Review

Warm Bodies is a strange film. It was billed as a ‘romzomcom’, and its various taglines suggested it would predominantly be a comedy in the vein of Zombieland. This was misleading –there is a comedy element, but it’s ultimately a generic teenage romance in a post apocalyptic setting. The comedic moments, from the relatively subtle […]

Continue Reading

Larger Than Life: ‘Hitchcock’ Review

The films of British ‘master of suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock are experiencing a revival of popularity, including the screening of a full retrospective at the BFI last year. Hitchcock has also been subject to biographical attentions, first in BBC/HBO collaboration The Girl (directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Toby Jones as Hitchcock), and now in Sacha […]

Continue Reading

Why Found Footage is Old News

Thirteen years is a long time in filmmaking; in 1960, Psycho so shocked audiences that the Observer’s film critic resigned for good in protest. 1973 saw The Exorcist, a film that reignited mainstream horror and had its fair share of gore along the way. By 1986, George A. Romero had completed his trio of zombie films, […]

Continue Reading

Sinister Review

It’s rare that the conclusion of a film is completely encapsulated in its theatrical poster, and perhaps even rarer so for horror films, in which the suspense is most of the fun. Not so for Scott Derrickson’s new movie, Sinister, however. The same goes for the trailer: viewing this will pretty much reduce watching Sinister […]

Continue Reading

Alumnae of Hogwarts

Harry Potter came to an end last year. Fifteen months on from the end of the biggest franchise in movie  history, the stars of the films have had to move on to new work, and have done so with varying degrees of success. Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have both had predictably successful periods since […]

Continue Reading

The Problems with Being Wallflower

If you go into Wallflower with low expectations you could be pleasantly surprised. It may not be a classic, but neither is it the debacle you might have expected from Emma Watson’s latest feature. This is true despite Watson’s non-performance; the film features continuous, poignant shots of her quirky hair, and even though these drag, […]

Continue Reading