Tenet and the Future of the Cinema Experience

Doom-mongering about the “death of cinema” is as old as the hills. Whether it's the arrival of VHS, the rise of online piracy or the advent of streaming services, dozens of different moments have supposedly heralded the demise of the quasi-religious shared experience of the multiplex. Now, though, the threat seems as if it might be a very real one. The coronavirus pandemic has shut cinemas across the globe for months, with dozens of major releases falling by the wayside while others have been funnelled on to digital platforms through the pricey but anecdotally successful “premium video-on-demand” model. Read More >>

Snyder Cuts, Ayer Cuts and the Danger of Fandoms Drunk on Power

It's a great time to be a fan. This year, aside from making everyone very familiar with walking routes in their local area and the restocking times for the Tesco loo roll aisle, has shown the world that fans have power. Read More >>

Why Do Movie Fans Love Black and White Re-Releases?

Black and white cinema has never really gone away. It's certainly true that the popularity of monochrome movies has waned in the last 50 years, but there remains a rich supply of filmmakers embracing the unique style of black and white to tell their stories. Schindler's List and The Artist have both won Best Picture Oscars in the last few decades and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma amplified its time capsule quality with Oscar-winning grayscale cinematography. Just this year, Robert Eggers used nightmarish monochrome to imprison audiences within the titular structure of The Lighthouse along with Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe and a flock of impish seagulls. Read More >>

Birds of Prey is Not Flying High, But Nor Has It Crashed and Burned

If you believe the internet, the clunkily-titled Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a monster flop. Any flick through Twitter will provide you with an onslaught of (predominantly male) voices gleefully telling anyone who will listen that the movie has fallen on its face and that the world has rejected the woke agenda of Hollywood's snowflake liberal cabal... or something. Read More >>

Which Netflix Original Movies Stand the Best Chance at The Oscars?

As fireworks all over the world signified the New Year last week, the time has come to start seriously talking about the Academy Awards. Prognosticators, pundits and pontificators have had the chance to see most of the films looking to be nominated, so it's time to see where the chips will fall ahead of the nominations being unveiled on 13th January. Read More >>

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Leia’s Appearance in The Rise of Skywalker is the Worst of Both Worlds

Note: This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


Why Do People Think It’s Okay to Spoil “Bad” Movies?

Note: This article contains spoilers for Last Christmas, The Cabin in the Woods and Friday the 13th. Read More >>

Is There Any (After)Life Left in the Zombie Comedy Movie?

There's a real irony to the fact we can't get rid of zombie comedies. No matter how many critical hatchet blows hack away at the limbs of the genre, it keeps shambling back, determined to consume the brains and the wallets of any movie fan unfortunate enough to be in its path. Little Monsters, in which Lupita Nyong'o plays the kind-hearted kindergarten teacher on a nightmare field trip, is on the verge of showing up in British cinemas after screening at the BFI London Film Festival, while the decade-later sequel Zombieland: Double Tap is still available in multiplexes all over the world. Read More >>

The Cult of Human Centipede: 10 Years of Tom Six’s Poop-Splattered Trilogy

If you were a teenager at the tail end of the noughties, you probably remember the first time you heard about The Human Centipede. For example, I recall the repulsion and dark intrigue of a friend describing the entire plot to me as we browsed the DVD section of our local branch of CEX. Within 24 hours, I had my laptop perched on my bedside table and entered the stomach-turning world of Tom Six's high-concept body-horror film. The slice of cinematic outrage bait is now 10 years old, having been unleashed upon the world at London's FrightFest horror festival in August 2009. Read More >>

Spider-Man Leaving The MCU Could Be A Good Thing

Spider-Man is the most famous superhero on the Marvel roster. Before the big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe made household names of heroes like Iron Man, Black Widow and even Ant-Man, the webslinger was definitely the marquee name from Stan Lee's back catalogue. DC Comics had the trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in their favour, but Marvel was the house of Spider-Man years before they put Robert Downey Jr. in a cave with a box of scraps. Read More >>

Do We Worry Too Much About Box Office?

This summer has largely been one of doom and gloom for Hollywood analysts. The black clouds of financial disappointment have been circling over the major studios, occasionally pouring icy downpours of failure over some of the projects for which those corporations had the highest hopes. Indeed, the foyers of multiplexes across the world are now a sort of elephant's graveyard, littered with discarded popcorn kernels and the skeletons of Godzilla, the Men in Black and all of the X-Men. Read More >>

The Impossible Problems and Endless Opportunities of Fan Theories

It's quite the moment for popular culture. The biggest movie franchise of all time is currently midway through a victory lap in the shape of Avengers: Endgame, while the biggest fantasy television show of all time – Game of Thrones – is halfway through its climactic season. Years of speculation is coming to fruition as some of the most intelligent creative minds in the entertainment business are attempting to wow and surprise audiences who know these stories like the back of their hands. Read More >>

Why are Horror Directors so Well Suited to Making Superhero Movies?

The link between superhero movies and horror directors goes all the way back to the start. Before he made Superman: The Movie and took comic books to the big screen, Richard Donner was behind the camera of The Omen – one of the scariest films ever made. While Donner would subsequently become known for comedies, action movies and family friendly adventures, his first major success was over on the dark side of cinema. More than four decades later, there has continued to be an unbreakable connection between horror and superheroes, and it's arguably stronger now than it has ever been before. Read More >>

Where’s the Rose-Tinted Nostalgia for the 90s in Film?

If you've consumed any amount of popular culture over the last few years, you're probably exhausted by the sheer quantity of warm nostalgia for the 1980s on show. From the Netflix behemoth Stranger Things to big screen outings like the new adaptation of Stephen King's It, Ready Player One and Bumblebee, as well as upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, it seems as though a whole generation of filmmakers are in love with the 80s. That's not a coincidence, given the age of the people behind those projects. They're almost all children of that decade, growing up on a diet of Amblin movies and A-ha. Read More >>