Archive | Featured articles

Some of the best articles on the blog. Typically, these have a picture. It's a low entrance requirement, I know.


December 15, 2010

Review: SALT (2010)

Posted on December 15, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Angelina Jolie in Salt

Salt - extended edition pack shotStarring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writers: Kurt Wimmer.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Price: £19.99 (Amazon price: £9.99)
Released: December 13th 2010

Jean-Luc Godard famously said that "All you need to make a movie is a gun and a girl". Of course, he meant a guy carrying a gun and a girl for him to be with, but times have moved on and thankfully, these days it's frequently the girls/women who have the guns - and maybe a guy to be with as well.

Now SALT sees CIA agent Angelina Jolie - one of the movies' most proficient women/girls with guns - accused of being a Russian sleeper agent and having to go on the run (with a gun). So you might suspect it's nothing more than that formula. However, while you might have low expectations from the trailer and SALT does frequently fall off the narrow line between silly and good into silly on many occasions, it is a lot more than just that formula – in essence, it's The Bourne Identity but on US soil and with a female lead. That can't be bad, can it?

Review after the trailer and the jump.

Continue reading "Review: SALT (2010)"

Read other posts about:

December 9, 2010

Old gems: Honey West (1965-66)/The Girl From UNCLE (1966-67)

Posted on December 9, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Honey West

The Girl From UNCLE

In a way that almost seems like I plan these things, this week we're going to explore two trends I mentioned not so long ago: "Me, too!" and "More please!"

Back in the 60s, spies were the rage in both the UK and the US. Pre-eminent on TV in the US was The Man from UNCLE, with other shows like I, Spy vying for attention. Top of the pile in the UK was The Avengers, originally starring Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee, but soon dropping Hendry for a bevy of feminist action heroines including Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale and Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.

Of course, success breeds "Me, too!" and "More please!" and soon networks in both the UK and the US were looking to replicate the successes of these shows.

Cue the obvious Avengers/Cathy Gale knock-off, the judo-performing Honey West, and The Man From UNCLE spin-off The Girl From UNCLE and their relatively average 60s title sequences.

Continue reading "Old gems: Honey West (1965-66)/The Girl From UNCLE (1966-67)"

November 20, 2010

Review and competition: The Karate Kid (2010)

Posted on November 20, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (2010) double play DVD and Blu-Ray boxsetStarring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson
Writers: Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)
Director: Harald Zwart
Price: £24.99 (Amazon price: £15.93)
Released: November 15th 2010

It's competition time on the blog, as it's your chance to win the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Review and competition details after the trailer.

Continue reading "Review and competition: The Karate Kid (2010)"

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398  

Featured Articles

Marvel's Iron Fist

Season two of Daredevil but done right