Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart (1995) – Every time a new Roman Polanski movie opens it typically get lavished with praise from film critics but there is always an outcry of “how can you celebrate the work of a convicted child rapist?” The same happens for Victor Salva. Even for film-makers like Woody Allen and Bryan Singer, who have … Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Stephen King has a program where film students can adapt one of his short stories (NOT his novels or novellas) for only a dollar, provided they send him a copy of the film. King declares that the best of these was The Woman in the Room. It’s not a horror … Continue reading

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995) – I tend to be amused by those Robot Chicken sketches where a heavily-accented M. Night Shyamalan jumps out and says “Vhat a tvist!” (Worth noting that in real life Shyamalan has a thoroughly American accent…) Good ol’ Night is widely credited with ushering in the age of the twist ending. … Continue reading

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – People who know me know this about me: I love comic books. That being said I am far from an expert in Marvel. My preferences tend to run more towards DC (my reasoning, which my fellow geeks could debate for ages, is that Marvel focuses on human drama … Continue reading

Shallow Grave (1994)

Shallow Grave (1994) – Danny Boyle has made his mark on modern cinema. He’s directed horror (28 Days Later…), science fiction (Sunshine), romantic comedy (A Life Less Ordinary), true-life drama (127 Hours), and a family film (Millions). He’s won the Academy Award for Best Director for the Best Picture-winning Slumdog Millionaire. He’s made an impact … Continue reading

X-Men (2000)

X-Men (2000) – I have been a huge X-Men fan since the early 90s. Hell, I even liked that one-off cartoon from the 80s where Wolverine has an Australian accent for God only knows what reason (everyone knows Wolverine is Canadian!), possibly foreshadowing some of the casting of this movie… Anyway, the reason you didn’t … Continue reading

X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class (2011) – This article was originally published on on 3 June 2011 As I believe I’ve mentioned several times before, I am a geek. I may not be as hardcore as some (you should meet my friend Joe), but I like superheroes and science fiction and all that awesome stuff. Of … Continue reading