Toy Story 3

July 23rd, 2010 by

In the film industry above all others, even the music business, the battle between creative awareness and the need to make money is a hugely unbalanced one. Every summer we find ourselves faced with a series of sequels that are mostly shadows of the original idea. This year we’ve already had a fourth Shrek film […]


July 21st, 2010 by

The summer blockbuster is not supposed to be like this. Every year from May 1st, we are gag-fed hollow and characterless products that are so dismally written and epileptically edited that we step out of the theatre disappointed and forget, for our own good. There are exceptions of course: 2009’s Star Trek, Nolan’s own The […]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

July 5th, 2010 by

I’m a Twirgin. A Twoob. A Twovice. In fact, the closest I’ve come to orbiting planet Twilight was having a friend by the name of Edward Cullen. So, was I to have all my cynical ‘it’s marketing, not movies’ programming re-wired with a smart and compelling allegory on abstinence complete with super bad-ass werewolves and […]

U2 360 At The Rose Bowl (DVD)

June 10th, 2010 by

Predictably politically-fuelled and thoroughly space-aged. Littered with hits that – love them or loath them – have become staples of what the world believes it is to be Irish. Full of Bono’s rants and a 97,000 capacity stadium’s raves: U2’s latest live effort – first broadcast as YouTube’s first live concert in Autumn last year […]

Four Lions vs Four Lions

May 11th, 2010 by

There are many films that have divided opinion of late, yet few with as much ferocity as Chris Morris’ suicide bomber comedy Four Lions. Set in the North of England, its fictional story of four young radicalised Muslims who attempt to bomb the London Marathon has proved a satirical delight for some, too close to […]

The White Stripes – Under Great Northern Lights

March 16th, 2010 by

Emmett Malloy proffers a beguiling glimpse into the machinations of the ever-enigmatic, blues-inflected figureheads of the garage rock revival with Under Great White Northern Lights, a rock documentary that charts the White Stripes’ tour across Canada in the summer of 2007. Stopping in every territorial province and finishing with a tenth anniversary show in Nova […]

Twilight: New Moon

November 20th, 2009 by

The reddened interior of the Savoy cinema is a broth of hormones and anticipation as a few hundred school girls squeal piercingly as the curtains roll back for the preview screening of New Moon, the Twilight sequel. Security has been tight. All mobile phones and iPods have been confiscated on arrival and sealed in ziplock […]

All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Film

November 20th, 2009 by

Originally inspired by the Bowlie Weekender with Belle and Sebastian in 1999, All Tomorrow’s Parties has turned into something of a global phenomenon – albeit in a cult-ish sort of way, an experience like no other, and now an experience that has made it on to the silver screen with ATP: The Film. Those interested […]

The Men Who Stare At Goats

October 30th, 2009 by

On paper, The Men Who Stare At Goats is a wonderful film concept, with potential in the mystification and bemusement departments on offer. So what has gone wrong with director Grant Heslov’s adaptation of Jon Ronson’s 2004 book of the same name? It’s hard to put your finger on it because what you are looking […]

Frozen River

October 29th, 2009 by

Christmas is fast approaching in Massena, a small township on the border between New York State and Canada where tattoos, trailer-parks and thrift stores are the order of the day, and Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is in trouble. When her gambling addict husband disappears with all the money they’ve saved to pay for their new […]

Girls Aloud – Out Of Control: Live From The 02

October 14th, 2009 by

The perceived wisdom on pop music is that it’s easy, simply a question of placing slot A into slot B, finding some pretty boys or girls to front it (never mix the sexes), bung a load of cash at them and watch the teenagers, tweenies and youngsters roll on up to purchase their downloads, ring […]

Le Donk and Scor Zay Zee review/ticket giveaway

October 6th, 2009 by

In a departure from the rough-edged kitchen-sinkery of This Is England and Somers Town, Shane Meadows shoots and scores in the mockumentary genre with this silly but soft-centred rock biz spoof. Paddy Considine (the name may not ring an immediate bell, but the face certainly will) is the swaggering Le Donk, the kind of brash, […]


October 6th, 2009 by

Based on the novel by celebrated French writer Colette (1873-1954), Chéri sees director Stephen Frears back to the costume drama genre which cemented his reputation with 1988’s Dangerous Liaisons. He’s also back in France, this time during La Belle Epoque at the end of the 19th century, when courtesans were the celebrities du jour. Lea […]

The Inner Life Of Martin Frost

October 5th, 2009 by

The eponymous Frost (David Thewlis) is a novelist, worn out after three years of working on his latest book, who foregoes New York for the countryside, taking up residence in his friends’ empty country house to ‘live the life of a stone’. However, no sooner has he downed tools than our hero is inspired by […]