Ronnie Pickering!! Who!? The best film parodies


Adam Brannon looks at some film parodies.

For those of us living in the UK over the last couple of weeks, a bizarre road rage incident has taken the country and the internet by storm. Hailing from my hometown of Hull, Ronnie Pickering has become an online star after his unusually aggressive confrontation with a moped driver was recorded on a helmet cam.

Naturally, the internet went into overdrive with thousands of videos and memes being created in a matter of hours. These are now littering the web and I thought it was high time for me to trawl through some of the best film-related parodies out there. Continue reading

“Soaked in atmosphere” Macbeth review


Director: Justin Kurzel 

Music: Jed Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris


Copyright: StudioCanal.

Copyright: StudioCanal.

Film adaptations of Macbeth must do wonders for the artificial fog business. There you are, only making money for if anyone wants to set a scene in a swamp or some alien planets if the film is made on the cheap and can only afford to go to the local quarry, and then someone decides to take a shot at the Scottish Play and you’re rolling in dough. Even if it’s a transposition of Macbeth to another setting, like Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, it seems you can’t get enough fog into Macbeth.

This most recent adaptation, helmed by Justin Kurzel, seems to be the foggiest yet, especially towards the end. At the climax, Burnham Wood is burning, and the fog is so thick that all the actors are just blood-red silhouettes. It’s even foggy indoors at times. It’s a wonder anyone in Scotland can actually see what they’re doing at all. Continue reading

“Ridley Scott’s best film since Alien” The Martian review


Director: Ridley Scott 

Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels


Copyright: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Copyright: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

It’s safe to say that Ridley Scott knows his way around a camera. From Alien to Gladiator, the director has brought to the silver screen some of the greatest films of all time, heck even Prometheus wasn’t that bad in a muddled kind of way.

Now, after the underwhelming Exodus: Gods & Kings, Scott returns to the director’s chair doing what he does best, sci-fi. But is The Martian as good as his earlier works? Continue reading

“A by-the-numbers adventure” Everest review


Director: Baltasar Kormakur  

Music: Dario Marianelli

Starring: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson


Copyright: Universal Pictures

Copyright: Universal Pictures

The 1996 Everest disaster remains one of the greatest true stories to have ever been told. From made-for-TV movies to award-winning documentaries, it appears that audiences simply cannot get enough of this tale of survival.

Now, Universal Pictures ends its record-breaking summer campaign with Everest, a high-budget thriller based on those events in 1996. But does it get the balance between all-out spectacle and human characterisation spot on? Continue reading

“Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiinsdaaaaaaaaaaaaale” Legend review


Director: Brian Helgeland  

Music: Carter Burwell

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston


Copyright: Studio Canal

Copyright: Studio Canal

This supposedly “based-on-a-true-story” telling of the story of the Piranha Brothers is easily the worst film ever made, because of its obvious incorrect events. Spiny Norman the giant hedgehog never turns up, Harry “Snapper” Organs is disguised as Doctor Who rather than Gloucester from King Lear, and Doug never once uses his trademark sarcasm. Zero stars out of five.

Right, now that the obligatory Monty Python jokes are out of the way, we can actually discuss Legend. This is similar to a previous film of this year, Southpaw, in that the main draw is a single performance. Or rather two; Tom Hardy as both of the Kray Twins. This is far and away the best aspect of the film, with the seamless effects and cinematography and Tom Hardy’s towering performances convincing you that Ronnie and Reggie really are portrayed by two completely different people. Continue reading