Ryan Gosling: A Career of Unfulfilled Potential?

With Only God Forgives hitting the big screen this week (in the UK) and being Ryan Gosling’s last film (bar an untitled Terrence Malik film) before his acting sabbatical it seems appropriate to… Continue reading

Are Superheroes Ruining Hollywood?

This weekend marks the release of The Wolverine, the latest in not only the X-Men franchise but also in the all-conquering Superhero genre. The crime fighting, spandex wearing heroes have become a foregone… Continue reading

‘Easy Rider’ as a Reinvention of the Western Genre

Through a reinvention of the Western genre ‘Easy Rider’ examines the central contemporary preoccupations of New Hollywood; such as the failures of American Society with anti-hero protagonists suffering from alienation, disillusionment with the… Continue reading

The World’s End Review

The final instalment in the so called ‘Cornetto Trilogy’, ‘The World’s End’ is culmination of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright’s previous work. Despite indulging heavily in the last two films,… Continue reading

The Bling Ring Review

Sofia Coppola’s latest release, ‘The Bling Ring’ is rare gem of contemporary, mainstream cinema- managing to be an unfathomable combination of dull, repetitive and shallow. To successfully squeeze all the aforementioned, undesirable qualities… Continue reading

The Act of Killing Review

           The opening quote from French philosopher Voltaire: “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets” is a clear… Continue reading

World War Z Review

            Of all of horror’s fabled monsters it’s the flesh eating, rigour mortis fuelled undead that have become the most popular and prolific of the genre. The sub-genre has gone from gory simplicity… Continue reading

Classic Review: The Birds (1963)

            One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most revered and iconic films, ‘The Birds’ is far more than the horror film it is often remembered as, rather being an exploration of human relationships and a… Continue reading

Man of Steel Review

With all the success Superhero reboots have had over the last decade, notably Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, it was no surprise that Superman finally received the Hollywood… Continue reading

Classic Review: Scarface (1983)

            One of the great characters in cinema, Tony Montana, constantly quoted and forever imitated yet never a touch on Al Pacino’s original performance in ‘Scarface’. While Al Pacino is the star of… Continue reading