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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 23, 2018  |  0 comments
At the same time as a new generation of French filmmakers (La Nouvelle Vague) were transforming cinema in that country, an upstart British production company was setting out to do the same on these shores. The brainchild of director Tony Richardson, writer John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman, Woodfall Films came about as a way of bringing Osborne's controversial, but hugely successful, stage play Look Back in Anger to the screen.
Anton van Beek  |  Jan 27, 2014  |  0 comments

Based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel of the same name, this epic action horror stars Brad Pitt as a former United Nations investigator tasked with travelling the globe in an attempt to find a cure for a zombie outbreak sweeping the planet.

Anton van Beek  |  May 24, 2013  |  0 comments

Disney's latest CG animation is a textbook example of coming up with a great concept for a movie, but then struggling to turn it into a great story.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Over the course of the original trilogy, a 1960s-set prequel and two spin-offs for its breakout star, the X-Men movie franchise has tied itself up in myriad contradictory chronological knots. Taking its cues (and title) from one of the most popular comic book storylines, …Days of Future Past sees director Bryan Singer returning to the franchise in order to set things straight. Presumably once and for all.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 02, 2011  |  0 comments

Following the crippling one-two punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, time was surely running out for this superhero franchise. The only thing that could possibly turn things around was a complete reinvention of the series.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 24, 2017  |  0 comments

When Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) is killed by a crashing satellite, the powers that be realise that there's only one man who can save the day: extreme-sportsman-turned-secret-agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Trouble is, as anyone who saw The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage short film that appeared on the xXx: Director's Cut DVD knows, Cage is dead… isn't he?

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 24, 2012  |  0 comments

Having reigned in his more outrageous sensibilities for the sublime 13 Assassins this live-action update of a ‘70s anime series lets director Miike Takashi cut loose once again, filling the screen with manic action and CG effects. The resulting film is a bit too smutty for kids and is too tongue-in-cheek for fans of the original Yatterman ‘toon, so I’m at a loss to guess who exactly it’s aimed at.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 12, 2018  |  0 comments

'Please make me a handsome Tokyo boy in my next life!' cries country girl Mitsuha, frustrated at her rural village existence. Clearly, nobody ever told her to be careful what you wish for, as Mitsuha wakes up one morning to find herself occupying the body of city boy Taki. Similarly, for reasons he can't fathom, Taki finds himself occupying Mitsuha's body.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2013  |  0 comments

Kathryn Bigelow's cinematic re-telling of the C.I.A. investigation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden arrived at cinema screens dogged by controversy – not least the claims that it legitimises the use of torture. If that's a debate that doesn't interest you, just focus on Zero Dark Thirty simply as a piece of entertainment, because this technically accomplished movie is one of the best we've seen all year.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 14, 2014  |  0 comments

As many filmmakers have discovered, the horror-comedy is a tricky thing to pull off. Get it right and you could have a Return of the Living Dead on your hands, get it wrong and you could end up stuck with a Return of the Living Dead II-sized stinker on your hands. Which brings us to Zombeavers, a tongue-in-cheek splatter flick about a group of college kids holidaying in an isolated cabin, who find themselves under siege from a colony of undead beavers that have been mutated by a barrel of medical waste.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

A case a cannibalism in a New York hospital leads to a group of investigators coming face-to-face with flesh-eating natives, ghastly ghouls and a mad scientist in this 1980 horror. A mash-up of two of the most popular strains of Italian horror cinema at the time (zombies and cannibals), Zombi Holocaust (aka Doctor Butcher, M.D.) is unquestionably a weak film. However, in delivering such a delirious mix of laughable dialogue, terrible acting and unconvincing gore, it's also a lot more fun than modern genre trash like Cockneys vs. Zombies or Ouija.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 24, 2013  |  0 comments

A poster boy for the video nasties furore in the UK, Lucio Fulci's 1979 zombie film may be available uncut on these shores these days, but that doesn't mean that it no longer packs a punch. Whether it's the memorable sight of a zombie wrestling a shark or the unforgettable close-up of an eyeball being speared by a wooden splinter, Zombie Flesh-Eaters is a horror triumph that always delivers the goods.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  0 comments

Anthropomorphic animals have been the key feature of animation since the art form's earliest days. And you only have to look at the longevity and familiarity of characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to see how important the concept has been to the Walt Disney brand. Never before, though, has the studio approached the subject as subversively as it has with Zootropolis.

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