Film review: Planet Terror

(18) Dir Robert Rodriguez US 2007. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse was sadly only shown in its proper double-bill format in the US, UK and Australia – elsewhere it  was split into two films. Planet Terror is Rodriguez’s half of the project, paying homage to the exploitation movies that ‘grindhouse’ cinemas used to screen…

Film review: 300

(15) Dir Zack Snyder US 2006. As the leonine David St Hubbins of Spinal Tap once said, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid. In modern cinema, the line between films and computer games is also becoming almost indistinguishably fine and this film staggers between very clever and very stupid at regular turns. As…

Film review: Little Children

(12A) Dir Todd Field US 2007. There’s a term called ‘spinach films’, which refers to films you watch because you think they’ll be good for you. This is a prime example, and like spinach, it boils down to very little and leaves a bad taste. Sarah (Kate Winslet) is a bored mother who meets stay-at-home…

Film review: Ghost Rider

(PG) Dir Mark Steven Johnson US 2006. The young stunt rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to arch-demon Mephistopheles in exchange for his father being cured of cancer. Johnny goes on to become the best stunt rider of them all, walking away from crash after crash when he should have died, but tortured by the…

Film review: X-Men The Last Stand

The plot, for what it’s worth, goes as follows. A cure for the mutant X gene has been found and Magneto (Ian McKellen, brilliant as ever) rallies together an army to destroy the threat to the mutant population. As the mutants tool up for war, Jean Gray (Famke Jansen) returns from the dead as her…