• RISE – The Dark Knight Rises vs Robocop

    For a hero to rise, he must invariably fall. The force and ferocity of the fall will often depend on how severe a rise is necessary. In some cases our emotions are toyed with to such an extent that when the protagonist is beaten, we are giddy with childish glee when they return. I would […]

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  • Entitled: Doctor Who – New Broom, New Titles

    In a nice mirroring of life long fan Peter Capaldi landing his dream role as The Doctor (or Doctor Who, as he seems to refer to both show and character as one), the BBC has responded to the sterling creativity of a fan made title proposal by having the designer join with their team to […]

    doctor who capaldi titles
  • Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

    I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

    MondoAssault
  • Richard Attenborough: In Memoriam

    Legendary British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. The veteran of so many famous films and roles passed away on Sunday afternoon at the nursing home where he was being cared for with his wife, Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945. He had been unwell for some […]

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  • Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

    Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

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  • Sympathy For The Devil? A Better Class Of Criminal

    “I’m not a comic book villain / I’m an agent of chaos.” Movie villains. They think they’re so much better than us, don’t they? With their grand plans, disdain for the rest of humanity, crawling about the planet like ants to be stomped on. “Saving” us through their their own sick, twisted agendas, opening our […]

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  • Jerry Lewis in “Which Way To Affront?” aka The Day The Clown Cried

    There are some films that go through development hell, and achieve the status of myth and legend. Jodoroswky’s Dune for example, never actually got made, but the tales of his crazy interpretation of the classic sci-fi novel are mind-boggling. Then there is The Day The Clown Cried, a seemingly monstrous piece of hubristic bad taste, […]

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  • In The Sensual (Under)world: Michael Mann’s Miami Vice

    When Michael Mann revamped his 1980′s  “MTV Cops” format in 2006, he chose to deliver a cop drama again like no other: hyper-realised, impressionistic, big.  No longer bound by their Miami-Dade limits, slick cops Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx)  go so deep undercover, it’s no longer clear “which way is up.” They immerse […]

    miami vice tri-border
  • Guilty Pleasures: Daredevil

      What do we want? JUSTICE!! Justice for Daredevil, the unfairly maligned runt of the movie superhero litter, and subject of this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Director / Writer Mark Steven Johnson complained of having to cut his dark avenger type movie to achieve a PG-13 rating imposed by the studio (it’s a 15 in the […]

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  • PODCAST: Drew Talks Star Trek on “The Ready Room”

    I was invited to participate in the roundtable discussion on Trek.fm‘s “The Ready Room” podcast this past weekend. Trek.fm is a Star Trek news site with a series of podcasts they produce on a weekly basis. This particular episode was on “Star Trek: First Contact”, the eighth in the long line of Star Trek movies. […]

    trekfm
batman-vs-bane1

RISE – The Dark Knight Rises vs Robocop

For a hero to rise, he must invariably fall. The force and ferocity of the fall will often depend on how severe a rise is necessary. In some cases our emotions are toyed with to such an extent that when the protagonist is beaten, we are giddy with childish glee when they return. I would […]

doctor who capaldi titles

Entitled: Doctor Who – New Broom, New Titles

In a nice mirroring of life long fan Peter Capaldi landing his dream role as The Doctor (or Doctor Who, as he seems to refer to both show and character as one), the BBC has responded to the sterling creativity of a fan made title proposal by having the designer join with their team to […]

MondoAssault

Carpenter is King – ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)

I have this obsession with early John Carpenter films, because they are in my mind, some of the best cinema ever made. The acting, the camera work, the home spun music, the originality, the make up and effects, the overwhelming sense of dread they all hold. I do admit that his later work is…well, different […]

attenborough bridge-too-far-1977-001-richard-attenborough-directing-soldiers-00m-v1a

Richard Attenborough: In Memoriam

Legendary British actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. The veteran of so many famous films and roles passed away on Sunday afternoon at the nursing home where he was being cared for with his wife, Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945. He had been unwell for some […]

following 2

Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

batman the joker 2

Sympathy For The Devil? A Better Class Of Criminal

“I’m not a comic book villain / I’m an agent of chaos.” Movie villains. They think they’re so much better than us, don’t they? With their grand plans, disdain for the rest of humanity, crawling about the planet like ants to be stomped on. “Saving” us through their their own sick, twisted agendas, opening our […]

the day the clown cried

Jerry Lewis in “Which Way To Affront?” aka The Day The Clown Cried

There are some films that go through development hell, and achieve the status of myth and legend. Jodoroswky’s Dune for example, never actually got made, but the tales of his crazy interpretation of the classic sci-fi novel are mind-boggling. Then there is The Day The Clown Cried, a seemingly monstrous piece of hubristic bad taste, […]

miami vice tri-border

In The Sensual (Under)world: Michael Mann’s Miami Vice

When Michael Mann revamped his 1980′s  “MTV Cops” format in 2006, he chose to deliver a cop drama again like no other: hyper-realised, impressionistic, big.  No longer bound by their Miami-Dade limits, slick cops Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx)  go so deep undercover, it’s no longer clear “which way is up.” They immerse […]

daredevil6

Guilty Pleasures: Daredevil

  What do we want? JUSTICE!! Justice for Daredevil, the unfairly maligned runt of the movie superhero litter, and subject of this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Director / Writer Mark Steven Johnson complained of having to cut his dark avenger type movie to achieve a PG-13 rating imposed by the studio (it’s a 15 in the […]

trekfm

PODCAST: Drew Talks Star Trek on “The Ready Room”

I was invited to participate in the roundtable discussion on Trek.fm‘s “The Ready Room” podcast this past weekend. Trek.fm is a Star Trek news site with a series of podcasts they produce on a weekly basis. This particular episode was on “Star Trek: First Contact”, the eighth in the long line of Star Trek movies. […]

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