Kick-Ass sequel takes a hit

Kick-Ass 2’s creative process, though not totally unique, was certainly an interesting one. After the runaway, and deserved, success of the plucky original film, the author of the original comic book, Mark Millar, decided there was more to come, and wrote two more books, Kick-Ass 2 and Hit Girl. As he did so, the studios […]

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Breaking Bad Season Preview

It’s coming. Breaking Bad, a series which has won awards, fuelled messageboard debates and made Netflix in the UK is about to enter its concluding acts. Will Walter’s empire come crashing down? Will Hank finally get his revenge? Will Saul inexplicably avoid jail? All we know for certain from Vince Gilligan is ‘there will be blood’, and that there […]

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Wadjda watching?

From the moment we see Wadjda’s (Waad Mohammed) purple-laced converses standing out against the plain, black shoes of her classmates, we are given a great sense of hope about the plight of Saudi Arabian women and their journey to gain standing in the society that oppresses them. We fall in love with her mischief and […]

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Here come the Emmys

Nothing makes my heart sing more joyously than a Hollywood awards ceremony. Call me ridiculous (most people do), but I live for the build-up – for nominations and snubs and prediction blog post after prediction blog post. Red carpet coverage sends me starry-eyed:  I’m weak at the knees for “who are you wearing?”. As a […]

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Blancanieves: a silent, bullfighting Snow White

Creating adult versions of well-known children’s stories seems to be a trend at the moment but a new Spanish, silent, black-and-white film inspired by Grimm Brother’s Snow White takes the transformation to a new level. From flamenco dancing to fervent Catholicism and violent bullfights, Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves embellishes the original story with distinctly Spanish colouring. […]

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Monsters University is a scream

Disney Pixar’s latest, a prequel to 2001’s successful Monsters, Inc., takes us back in time to the meeting place of protagonists Mike and Sulley, Monsters University. Although almost none of the writers from Monsters, Inc. returned to pen Monsters University fans of Mike and Sulley’s first outing will find little reason to be disappointed here; […]

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Dexter: The family-friendly serial killer, brought to you by Dr. Evelyn Vogel

The new season of Dexter introduces Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a neuroscientist responsible for Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) ethical code and the reasoning behind his murders. As the trailers and teasers announce the main topic of the remaining episodes is going to be Dexter’s legacy, his final masterpiece of gore and moral condemnation. However, […]

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A Wheatley Field in England

Ben Wheatley is undoubtedly the up and coming presence in dark British comedies. His films are located in a pseudo-reality, somewhere between Godard and Beckett where the background is familiar but something is not quite right – the families in Down Terrace and Kill List are uncomfortably callous about human life, while his latest film […]

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Sleuthing with Luther series 3

The opening minutes of the new episode of Luther acted as fitting recognition to the previous series. The image of a hunched DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) emerges from a flaming warehouse with a criminal held by the scruff of his jacket, flames burn behind him and blue police lights and black clad Special Forces […]

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Is The White Queen getting it right?

SPOILER ALERT From the start, you can see why the BBC chose to adapt Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series into a £25 million pound 10-episode summer piece this year. The imminent arrival of the new heir to the throne through a marriage to the ‘one of us’ Duchess of Cambridge has just enough of a […]

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Mad Men’s sixth season departs

So begins another summer, so concludes another mind-bending season of Mad Men for us more masochistic television fans to attempt to wrap our tiny minds around. Season 6 has been an interesting, introspective affair (the gruesome death of Megan Draper  foretold as an almost-certainty by many an internet conspiracy theory was, alas, not to be), […]

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