Hi, my name’s Bjorn. It’s been awhile. Nearly three years, I think. How are you? You look good. Have you lost weight? That hair colour really suits you. Me? Oh, I’m fine. No, I haven’t been up to much. Yeah, it was fun back when I was writing about the movies and things. Good times. Why did I stop? I don’t know. I kinda stopped caring about my own opinion on things. Weird, huh? Wait. Why are you… Oh, yes, it was nice to see you too. No, that’s fine, I see you’re busy. It was nice to catch up. See you around maybe?
2012 marks the fiftieth year of super spy James Bond’s appearance on the glittering big screen. In that time the suave secret agent has helped evolve and shape the big brash action movie, making a star of grumpy Scotsman Sean Connery. As swift as Bond’s rise was his fall into camp parody with a raise of Roger Moore’s ridiculous eyebrow. He then turned serious and sullen with a serious and sullen Timothy Dalton, experienced a renaissance under the Irish charm of Pierce Brosnan, and finally a radical reboot and reinvention with latest incarnation, the ice-cold Daniel Craig (Oh, and an Aussie played him too, but you know, who cares). Somehow 007 has managed to stand the test of time and remain relevant while everything around him has changed. Or has he? Does Skyfall prove he still was it takes in the face of stiff competition from your Bournes and Batmans? Read on and find out. Continue reading
It’s okay to be interested in The Wolverine. It is. Yes, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a crushing disappointment but doesn’t mean The Wolverine will be. Of course, we would have preferred it to have stayed in the hands of Darren Aronofsky, and to have kept Christoper McQuarrie’s much-praised pass on the script, but if only a tiny fraction of their influence remains (and hasn’t been excised by Fox Studios meddling execs), then director James Mangold should have a half-decent film on his hands. But that’s not why you’re here, you just want to see the first official pic, don’t you? Here we go then. Continue reading
Godzilla. We knew it was coming after some very special test footage shown at San Diego Comic Con had the geek world salivating with the prospect of city-wide destruction at the hands of giant monsters. What we didn’t know was when we’d see this on the big screen. Well, wonder no more, dear reader. Wonder no more. Continue reading
It’s the one hundred year anniversary of Universal Pictures. If you’ve watched any of their films recently, it’s hard to escape the fact. The recent release of Jaws on Blu-Ray takes nearly sixteen years to begin for all the Universal promos banging on. Skip it? Yeah, you think you’re getting the movie and then they trick you with ANOTHER clip of a film you don’t want to see. I want the shark, not Robert Redford. I know, I’m being harsh, but don’t bug us with other films when we’ve paid good money for this one. Anyway, Universal Pictures CEO Steve Burke says they’re going to focus on “franchises and animation”. Continue reading
Jose Padilha’s RoboCop has been beset by problems from the outset. The script leaked to an entitled fanboy who then proceeded to tear the film apart. There are rumours of unrest between Padilha and the execs, with Padhila having to fight for every scene he wants in the movie. Still, as Dredd as recently shown, these adversities can be overcome and decent movie made, so let’s not be a complete Debbie Downer on the whole situation, eh? Anyway, the first pics of the new Robo-suit have made their way onto the net. Wanna check them out? Continue reading
I remember I was about eleven years old when I picked up my first issue of Judge Dredd: The Megazine at the local newsagents. It was mind-blowing, unlike any comic I’d read before. It was bloody and brutal, and I was hooked. At the time I was there mostly for the ultraviolence, but as I grew older I picked up on the comedy and satire of the strip. Dredd’s first big screen appearance, courtesy of Sylvester Stallone in 1995, may have had the big Hollywood budget but lacked all the elements that made Dredd unique. Seventeen years down the line, Mega City One’s greatest lawman returns to the screen in Dredd. Have the makers learned the lessons from the last time? Let’s find out. Continue reading