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Four simple rules for how to behave at the cinema

Posted in COMMENT with tags on November 4, 2013 by Ross McG

Judi Dence and Steve Coogan in Philomena

Did you go to the cinema at the weekend? I did. I went to see Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Googan, which was enjoyable if not spectacular, and made me genuinely ponder if its director, Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things), has ever made a bad film. Continue reading

Star Wars characters who won’t get their own spin-off but should: Bail Organa

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , , on September 20, 2013 by Ross McD

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Disney has confirmed that the spin-offs from its planned Star Wars trilogy will be ‘origin’ stories. You know, like Batman Begins, but with lightsabers.

A host of the series key characters are being lined up to get their own spin-off movie, with the likes of Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett topping the bill.

But what about those unsung Star Wars heroes, the guys who appear one moment in the first six movies and are Bantha fodder the next? Wouldn’t you like to see one of those guys get their own spin-off? We know we would.

In the last of a six-part series, we take a look the best looking man in the Star Wars universe… Continue reading

Star Wars characters who won’t get their own spin-off but should: Cliegg Lars

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , , on September 20, 2013 by Ross McD

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Disney has confirmed that the spin-offs from its planned Star Wars trilogy will be ‘origin’ stories. You know, like Batman Begins, but with lightsabers.

A host of the series key characters are being lined up to get their own spin-off movie, with the likes of Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett topping the bill.

But what about those unsung Star Wars heroes, the guys who appear one moment in the first six movies and are Bantha fodder the next? Wouldn’t you like to see one of those guys get their own spin-off? We know we would.

In Part 5 of our six-part series, we look at yet another amputee in the extended Skywalker family… Continue reading

Star Wars characters who won’t get their own spin-off but should: Jar Jar Binks

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , on September 20, 2013 by Ross McD

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Disney has confirmed that the spin-offs from its planned Star Wars trilogy will be ‘origin’ stories. You know, like Batman Begins, but with lightsabers.

A host of the series key characters are being lined up to get their own spin-off movie, with the likes of Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett topping the bill.

But what about those unsung Star Wars heroes, the guys who appear one moment in the first six movies and are Bantha fodder the next? Wouldn’t you like to see one of those guys get their own spin-off? We know we would.

In Part 4 of our six-part series, we examine the most repulsive water-dweller since The Floater in Caddyshack… Continue reading

When was the last time you were genuinely excited about going to see a movie?

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , on August 6, 2013 by Ross McG

Alan Partridge in the studio

I saw Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa the other day. It was good. Not perhaps as good as it could have been, but good enough to have me laughing heartily throughout, albeit intermittently. It’s worth it for the first 15 minutes alone. Continue reading

Should the tornado scene from Man of Steel have been pulled or are audiences totally fine with acts of God?

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2013 by Ross McD
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Clark Kent does some superheroing in the tornado scene from Man Of Steel

Poor Ross McD. He just can’t get this whole Superman/Jesus/God thing out of his tiny little mind. Fresh from angering half of Christianity last week with his diatribe on Superman being like Christ (well…. duh, McD), now he’s waxing on about God and Man of Steel below. Luckily, he asked MoS director Zack Snyder – who McD has now spoken to twice (that’s one more than Ryan Gosling) – what he thought of the whole kaboodle. Continue reading

What were your movie great expectations?

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by Ross McG

Great Expectations is out this week. There have been precisely 736 film adaptations of Great Expectations, so that Dickens guy must be raking it in on the royalties front. I don’t mind the prospect of this latest version, and not because it has Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, who seem to be in bloody everything these days.

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Disney Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII and IX

Posted in COMMENT, NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by Ross McD

***WARNING! HERE BE SPOILERS!***

Yes, yes, we know E online said the new Star Wars movies would have ‘completely new’ storylines and not be based on anything already written. But you know what? Christopher Nolan said he’d die before he’d cast Robin in a Batman Film. According to the credits if Airplane 2, we were supposed to get an Airplane 3. Heck, even George Lucas said he was making a farm-set porno called Blue Harvest. Filmmakers are liars, you see. Don’t forget it’s their job description to fool audiences! There is a massive expanded Star Wars universe catered for via some excellently written novels, but none come close to the Thrawn Trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn and generally regarded by fanboys to be the canon’s episode VII, VIII and IX – Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.
So what are they all about? Who are the major players? And who will play them? Continue reading

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