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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sonnet Review

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Oh Spider that doth fall from out the sky,
Your death-defying leaps make Gwen go faint.
I really loved this film, I’ll tell you why,
It’s mainly because Cap 2 this film ain’t.
Forgive me while I change to sonnet form,
But Marc Webb’s sequel takes things to new heights.
He guarantees to Parker you will warm,
And fear for him when Foxx turns out the lights.
There may be lots of villains but relax,
Harry is the man, DeHaan’s a wonder.
The gang don’t overcrowd to dubstep tracks,
Webb did well to steer from that big blunder.
With Matrix action and the humour nailed,
Part 2 defies the fact it could have failed.

Verdict: 5/5

Not Quite A Haiku Review: The Raid 2 (2014)

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In life outside the block,
Everything is bigger but just as intense.
We’re back in Jakarta, bitches.

Fists, hammers, guns, glass, baseballs.
Nicolas Winding Refn wishes he made this.
Try keeping your mouth shut…

Choreographed beyond actual human comprehension,
‘Are you not entertained?!’ Gareth Evans cries?
Punch walls – they don’t retaliate.

‘Berandal’ means ‘badass’ or ‘scoundrel’.
Suck it up, don’t fuck it up.
Indonesian police corruption really blows.

My favourite film of 2014,
Soz McQueen, this is my new jam.
GO ON RAMA, MY SON!

VERDICT: 5/5

Theatre Review: Let The Right One In

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED OVER AT HEYUGUYS ON 8TH APRIL, HERE***

When the Apollo Theatre’s roof partially collapsed last December, the Olivier Award-winning Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time had to up sticks and chase its tail elsewhere. Fast-forward four months and that same roof is very much at the forefront of your mind, but for completely different reasons. For if you gaze up to the Gods in Shaftesbury Avenue, you will be greeted by the moon and night sky; an ingenious and eerie mantle for this haunting production from the National Theatre Of Scotland.

After a sold-out run at The Royal Court, Let The Right One In reopens the Apollo with the kind of underplayed emotion that hits you right in the gut. Based on the Swedish novel and film of the same name, those familiar with the source material may constantly feel a step ahead of proceedings, but this is never an issue when taking place in a parallel world to its cinematic cousin. Seamlessly swapping Sweden for Scotland, the Scandinavian monikers remain, but central figures Eli and Oskar find their journeys fleshed out to great effect in Jack Thorne’s superb stage adaptation. Continue reading

Review: Calvary (2014)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON 10TH APRIL, HERE***

Director: John Michael McDonagh.

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan Gillen, David Wilmot, Orla O’Rourke, Killian Scott, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Owen Sharpe, Domhnall Gleeson.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: A normal day in the parish turns into a week of second-guessing and paranoia as a kind, genuine priest’s life is threatened by an unknown member of his congregation.

Sea, sand and serial killers. You’ve got to love the Irish coast. John Michael McDonagh returns after a three-year hiatus, once again penning and directing an Irish-set black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson. Considerably darker than previous effort, THE GUARD, McDonagh has written an allegoric, hard-hitting piece that isn’t afraid to point fingers at the place in which its lead character finds sanctuary – the Church.

Opening to the claustrophobic refuge of confession, we meet Father James Lavelle, the local priest. It may seem an unremarkable location for Gleeson’s character to start his cinematic journey, but the revelations soon turn sour as the person bearing his soul and atoning for his sins tells the man of the cloth that he’s going to kill him. In seven days. Better start making your peace, then, Father. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – April 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Point Break (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) *****

Plastic (Dir: Julian Gilbey, 2014) **

Short Term 12 (Dir: Destin Cretton, 2013) *****

The One I Love (Dir: Charlie McDowell, 2014) ****

Blue Ruin (Dir: Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) ****

The Case Against 8 (Dir: Ben Cotner, Ryan White, 2014) ***

Obvious Child (Dir: Gillian Robespierre, 2014) ***

Dinosaur 13 (Dir: Todd Douglas Miller, 2014) ***

Finding Fela! (Dir: Alex Gibney, 2014) ****

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (Dir: David Zellner, 2014) ***

EDC 2013: Under The Electric Sky (Dir: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, 2014) **

Frank (Dir: Lenny Abrahamson, 2014) ****

The Voices (Dir: Marjane Satrapi, 2014) ****

Fruitvale Station (Dir: Ryan Coogler, 2013) ****

Little Accidents (Dir: Sara Colangelo, 2014) ***

Hamlet 2 (Dir: Andrew Fleming, 2008) **

The Boat That Rocked (Dir: Richard Curtis, 2009) ***

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Dir: Marc Webb, 2014) *****

Your Sister’s Sister (Dir: Lynn Shelton, 2011) ****

Mr. Nobody (Dir: Jaco Van Dormael, 2009) ****

Cracks (Dir: Jordan Scott, 2009) ***

The Double (Dir: Richard Ayoade, 2013) *****

After The Night (Até Ver A Luz) (Dir: Basil Da Cunha, 2013) ***

Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***

Director: Shane Black.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).

Running Time: 130 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisWhen Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.

After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading

Iron Man 3 Press Conference

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On April 17th I was lucky enough to head over to the Dorchester Hotel in London for the Iron Man 3 Press Conference. If you head over here you can read it all back, with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Black, Ben Kingsley, Shane Black and Drew Pearce all present. I managed to take a few cheeky snaps, so without further ado, here’s some more of Mr. Wayne Gale himself, Robert Downey Jr.

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