“Enjoyable if forgettable” The Last Witch Hunter review

Written by Adam Brannon

Written by Adam Brannon

Can you imagine Vin Diesel as a peacekeeper in a time of witch suppression? I admit when I first heard the premise of The Last Witch Hunter I was a little sceptical of just how the Fast & Furious star would cope with such a change of role.

However, my concerns were quickly brushed aside during the first ten minutes of this unusual action adventure. But is the rest of the movie as good as its leading man? Continue reading

“But he’s such a dreamboat, you guys!” Crimson Peak review

CRIMSON PEAK   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Music: Fernando Velázquez

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston


Written by Rob Stoakes

Written by Rob Stoakes

If you describe Tom Hiddleston to someone who’s never seen him before, they’d probably never think of him as an incredibly sexy man.

Ratty hair, pale skin, looks like a 12 year old boy, often playing physically unimposing villains who regularly get beaten up by drunk scientists and WWII veterans on steroids, and burdened with the single stupidest headgear in all of comic book history, and no, Loki’s antlers do not translate to the big screen at all. On paper, Tom Hiddleston has all the sex appeal of a stamp collecting snail. And yet whenever he’s on screen, Marvin Gaye starts playing in the back of your mind, if you can hear it over the sounds of women screaming and fainting, and all you want is for Tom Hiddleston to brush your cheek with his supple, ivory fingers as his lips connect with your own, and you fall back, breathless, into his strong, comforting arms as he rests you on the bed and… Continue reading

Ronnie Pickering!! Who!? The best film parodies

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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

MACBETH   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Justin Kurzel 

Music: Jed Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

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

THE MARTIAN   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Ridley Scott 

Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

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