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

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The worst Stephen King adaptations

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , on October 2, 2013 by Ross McG

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There have been some fantastic movies based on Stephen King’s writings, as evidenced in our list here, but there have also been a few absolute duds. Here are the worst, all terrifying in the wrong kind of way. Continue reading

The best Stephen King movie adaptations

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , on October 1, 2013 by Ross McG

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The master of horror writing, Stephen King, has just released a new novel, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. But where does the film adaptation of The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick, figure on the list of the best big screen reworkings of King’s oeuvre? Peek out from behind that cushion you’re hiding your face with to find out… Continue reading

Poetry in Motion Pictures: There Will Be Blood

Posted in Poetry in Motion Pictures with tags , , on September 26, 2013 by Ross McG

Have you ever watched one of your favourite movies and thought, ‘You know what, I’d love to see that turned into a short poem’? Er, no, didn’t think so. Well tough, that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. Do you have a straw handy? Continue reading

Poetry in Motion Pictures: The Great Outdoors

Posted in Poetry in Motion Pictures with tags , , on September 25, 2013 by Ross McG

Have you ever watched one of your favourite movies and thought, ‘You know what, I’d love to see that turned into a short poem’? Er, no, didn’t think so. Well tough, that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. This time it’s The Great Outdoors, the best comedy in history. Continue reading

Poetry in Motion Pictures: Heat

Posted in Poetry in Motion Pictures with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by Ross McG

Have you ever watched one of your favourite movies and thought, ‘You know what, I’d love to see that turned into a short poem’? Er, no, didn’t think so. Well tough, that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. Continue reading

Poetry in Motion Pictures: Die Hard

Posted in Poetry in Motion Pictures with tags , , , , on September 23, 2013 by Ross McG

Have you ever watched one of your favourite movies and thought, ‘You know what, I’d love to see that turned into a short poem’? Er, no, didn’t think so. Well tough, that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. 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