Author: Sam Tremayne

Ryan Reynolds in the role he was born to play again

Am I supposed to hate Deadpool 2 for being so meta they can get away with manifold superhero clichés – or tip my hat to the self-referential acknowledgments of them blatantly doing it? Who knows, who cares – that is the point of the merc with the mouth, Deadpool, the invincible, wise-cracking Marvel property who is as aware and as tired as we are of the last decade’s smorgasbord of superhero films, and yet is still profiting off that very thing. Hate him or love him, Deadpool is the voice of the people and his shtick of breaking the...

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‘Unlike any movie experience ever’

I’ve been writing the review of Avengers: Infinity War in my head for 10 years. Ever since Robert Downey Jr. graced our screens as Iron Man and Marvel had the gall to hint at a larger, extended universe, we all weren’t ready for what was to come. But here now in 2018 a film exists with a cast comprised of more than 70 actors, a budget so huge it could probably cure worldwide famine, and hype so real this could be the biggest movie in history. How do you thread 18 movies together into a cohesive and cathartic picture?...

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A film you’ll be barking mad to miss

Isle of Dogs is a Wes Anderson movie. Need I say more? If you know who that guy is, then you know he’s in a league of his own. How many other directors have A-lister actors queuing around the block to work with him, whilst being so unique, quirky and almost a genre of his own? This time Wes has gone back to stop motion animation after his hit Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) to tell another leftfield story that is far more character-driven than plot reliant. In not-to-distant future Japan, after it is revealed that ‘dog flu’ is spreading...

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Turn your brain off and enjoy Blockers

Blockers is what happens executives in the proverbial Hollywood board room pull out of the scenario hat: “What if… you had three overly attached parents trying to stop their kids losing their virginity?” Greg from Marketing says, “Have we done that one yet?” and they search through their catalogue … “No it’s not the Hangover, or Horrible Bosses, or Bad Neighbours. All clear – here’s $20 million, get it done.” Even watching the trailers before the film I realized the size of the market for situational based comedy flicks. There will always be room for movies like this to...

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Ready Player One is the best film of 2018

Steven Spielberg presents ‘Nostalgia the movie’. Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 book, Ready Player One is a fanboy or girl’s dream. Ever wanted to see Master Chief from Halo fighting alongside the Iron Giant? Like it or not, that’s what you get. The film is a two hour wow-fest, as you balance following the plot with all the subtle and not-so-subtle references to pop culture of the last 20 years infused somewhere with a story about inheriting a vast fortune through a VR video game. Basically, it’s 2045 and unfortunately for us it’s a dystopian-esque time where people live...

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