Prima cinema

Home cinema worthy of the name… if you can afford it Let’s start with the bad news. There is an informal club called the Bel Air Circuit and you’re probably not a member, nor will you ever be invited to join. Founded decades ago by movie moguls including Louis B Mayer and Daryl Zanuck, it’s…

Fight Club 2

Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to his 1996 classic is out this month in the form of a graphic novel. The Fight Club 2 miniseries, featuring artwork by Cameron Stewart, is set 10 years after Project Mayhem, the point where the original book, and also the film, ended. “The protagonist”, as he is always referred to in…

Documentaries to watch now

It’s not just music videos and clips of cats being awesome, YouTube is also home to some great documentaries well worth watching. Here are 21 of them. 25 Million Pounds (1996) Film by the brilliant Adam Curtis about Nick Leeson and the collapse of Barings Bank and how Barings “willingly entered into a dream he…

The Alternative Oscars 2015

Film we most want to see to prove a point: The Interview Sure, it was terrible, sophomoric and a waste of time but we made sure we saw it just because no hackers (praised by Korean dictators) are going to tell us what we can watch. We should have listened to them — boy did that…

I am the Walrus

On June 25th 2013, during the regular Kevin Smith podcast (SModcast #259) he and co-host Scott Mosier were laughing about an post they’d just seen on GumTree.com — a British classified ad website. There was a listing from a man who claimed he’d spent three years alone on St Lawrence Island with only a walrus…

Total Recall’s ending explained

It’s 24 years since Total Recall opened in cinemas worldwide, but it seems that audiences still don’t really get the reality of Arnie’s surprisingly cerebral movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the 1980s and early ’90s were largely exercises in crowd-pleasing dumb violence. Red Heat, Predator, The Running Man, Commando, and Raw Deal all obsessed over…

’60s Batman: What I’ve Learned

Robin and I are just good friends. Sometimes I just pretend I didn’t see the Bat Signal; especially if it’s really late at night and it’s cold and raining. Just send out some damn cops; my taxes pay for them, so in a way I’m still saving the city. And I pay a lot of…

The Indiana Jones Hypothesis

Is it true that in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones plays no real role in the outcome? This was posited by the character Amy in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. She claimed that: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film it would…

I’d buy that for a dollar

  Why RoboCop is the strange film companion to Wall Street  In the month that a RoboCop remake is released, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the original and why it still matters. Made in 1987, RoboCop was set in “near future” Detroit and was a sleeper hit that spawned two (pretty terrible) sequels. The original…