Actors Gotta Act, Haters Gonna Hate

I’m a big fan of Simon Pegg: Spaced is one of my favourite sitcoms of all time, the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ is fantastic, he’s a geek like us, I enjoyed his autobiography; we were at the same university at the same time. This means that I will watch most things he is in, which is why watched Hector and the Search for Happiness. As my reactionary tweets show, I didn’t enjoy it. Pegg stars as Hector, a successful psychologist in London, where he lives with his adoring long-term girlfriend, played by Rosamund Pike. For various plot reasons, he decides that he […]

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Being An Empire Magazine Workie

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Empire magazine, which is an impressive achievement for a print magazine these days. I picked up issue 301 (not the 300th; that would have been too obvious) to take a stroll down memory lane, because I haven’t subscribed to the magazine in many years, despite the fact that I think that Empire is the greatest film magazine. The item that stood out was The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time (or, more accurately, The 301 Greatest Movies Up Until Now, unless Empire knows something about an impending apocalypse that’s not being shared), as […]

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Notes On A Book: The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex

The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex: What’s Wrong With Modern Movies? By Mark Kermode I think that Mark Kermode is one of the most passionate and enjoyable professional film critics working today; I listen to the podcasts of his show with Simon Mayo, and I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, so it was high likely that I would buy and enjoy his second book. The first book was an autobiographical tome; this is a manifesto. The prologue is an impassioned plea for the art of the projectionist, something being lost by the proliferation of the multiplex ‘hit a switch […]

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Film Adaptations Of Genre Book Series: Searching For Franchises

I saw The Hunger Games in the cinema – it was enjoyable, with an interesting setting and characters and some social commentary, and certainly a lot better than Twilight – but it got me thinking about the success of film adaptations of best-selling genre book series. The sequel to The Hunger Games was greenlighted (greenlit?) practically the moment the film came out; the Twilight films, with which The Hunger Games shares some similarities, have had a certain inevitability to the sequels despite the lack of critical success (unlike The Hunger Games, which was well received by reviewers). The winner in […]

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Actors Who Are Different Characters In Comic Book Film Universes (But Actually Just Marvel)

Comic book companies boast of the large numbers of characters in their universes when trying to sell themselves as franchise opportunities, usually referring to them as assets. With the increase in the number of films based on comic books, and the huge number of actors available to play roles in these films, it’s surprising to see certain actors playing more than their fair share of comic book characters. What adds to the confusion is when the same actor plays two different characters in films adapted from the comic books from the same universe. With Chris Evans, who had played Johnny […]

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Book: Have You Seen…? By David Thomson

I am under no illusion that my writing about film is worth reading to anyone apart from me, but I still like capturing my thoughts about films. However, after reading the writing about film of David Thomson, my feelings of inadequacy have multiplied a million-fold and I never want to write about film, or anything else, ever again (which is one of the many reasons why I haven’t been writing a lot of film reviews in the past 6 months). This enormous tome contains 1,000 one-page essays on films (and the occasional television series, such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus […]

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Some Thoughts On Comic Book Casting

I know that my choice of blog reading skews the perspective, but it seems that a lot of sites talk about comic book casting as big news. When Elizabeth Hurley was cast as the villain in the new Wonder Woman television pilot, it was all over the place (the fact that I think that this a bad thing, and that Hurley is neither a good actress or the right person for the role, is beside the point). This was nothing, of course, compared with the first photograph of the new Wonder Woman in the new costume (it reminded me more […]

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In Response To Mark Kermode’s Thoughts On Film Piracy

Mark Kermode recently captured his thoughts on film piracy in his Uncut blog, which boiled down to his view that piracy will stopped by simultaneous distribution (releasing a film in cinemas, streaming online and on DVD on the same date). I think that Kermode is coming from a naïve and cinema-obsessed point of view that won’t tackle piracy. Movie piracy is a very complicated issue and Kermode doesn’t take this into consideration in his solution. A generation of people are used to the free illegal downloading of films, which is a price barrier that can’t be beaten by the fee […]

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My Ten Favourite Films Seen In The Cinema 2010

The Academy Awards have just passed, which means now is as good a time as any to document my favourite 10 films I watched on a cinema screen in 2010. These sorts of posts are usually found December (which always seems odd to me, because films might be released after this arbitrary cut-off date), but I’m nothing if a little different and very late. Disclaimer: these films are the ones I thought were good and enjoyed the most last year. It is highly personal, obviously, and I haven’t seen everything (because I’m not a professional film critic or anything). There […]

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Oscar Thoughts And Pointless Predictions

In which I pontificate about the major categories at the 83rd Academy Awards because I’m a blogger and that’s what we do. (Yes, I can still call myself a blogger, even though I haven’t blogged in nearly two months.) Even though I won’t be able to watch the actual event, I still enjoy the whole silliness of the Academy Awards and providing my completely pointless opinions. Apart from three films (Rabbit Hole, Animal Kingdom and The Illusionist), I have seen all the films that are up for the big awards, which unfortunately makes me think I know what I’m talking […]

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