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The Magnificent Seven (2016)

“They fought like seven hundred”. It’s possibly one of the most famous taglines in film history, and when you look at the legacy of the original it’s easy to understand why. John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960) was one of the first great cinematic throw-downs, the story of a ragtag band of gunslingers hired to defend a little Mexican village ...

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Road to the Rider

If Captain America: Civil War wasn’t proof enough earlier this year, Phase III of the continuously remarkable Marvel Cinematic Universe is off to a flying start. Whilst with any other franchise, the burden of sustaining quality would fall to a direct silver screen sequel, the MCU is a wholly different entity. So it is that next in line to keep ...

Potter, Pop Culture and the Property Ladder

The housing market is a fickle playing field. A Waitrose pops up somewhere, and pretty soon every house within a five-minute walk can slap a couple extra thousand onto the selling price, at least in the local estate agents’ books. On the flip side, news breaks of a local batch of troublemakers acting up and just watch the realtors sweat. ...

BBC’s Bake Off Bye Bye: A Bruised Brand?

The Great British Bake Off. It’s the darling of the UK’s autumnal Wednesday evenings, a curiously charming crossbreed set at just the right temperature between Blue Peter warmth and the competitive heat of The Apprentice. Few have tried to resist it, fewer have succeeded, and with the show now into its sixth series it has truly become a national treasure, and a staple of modern British broadcast media. But with news breaking yesterday evening that contract negotiations spanning more than a year between the BBC and the show’s production company, Love Productions, had finally resulted in an end to their seven year partnership, what next for our most beloved proprietor of family friendly food porn?

Well, we know some things. No sooner had the announcement been made of Bake Off flying the BBC’s coop, then Channel 4 declared itself the show’s new home, as well as unveiling plans to kick off its new three-year contract with Love Productions with a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up to Cancer in 2017. Nothing new, but certainly in keeping with past Bake Off contri

In Memoriam: Gene Wilder

Yesterday morning, August 29th 2016, a simple Google search for ‘Gene Wilder’ would have procured countless links to the life and works of one of Hollywood’s truly iconic faces. This morning, that same search is instead frontloaded with news of his passing. Born Jerome Silberman, 11th June 1933, his choice of professional stage name at the age of 26 can ...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Official Trailer

“Where are those transmissions you intercepted? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THOSE PLANS?!” Don’t recognize the line? Then picture the scene: a dazzlingly white spaceship corridor, a soldier being held clear off the floor by his neck, and clutching his throat a black-clad character destined to become one of the greatest villains in cinema history: Darth Vader. These were the ...

Hater’s Gonna Eight: Stormy waters ahead for a new ‘Oceans’ franchise?

Of all the Hollywood properties that spring to mind at the word ‘franchise’, it’s fair to say the exploits of Danny Ocean and co. wouldn’t be one of them. But, technically, with three full-length features put out between 2001 and 2007 (and the series in its entirety totalling four, if you include the 1960 Rat Pack original), ‘franchise’ is an ...

Comic-Con: The Strange, The Bat and The Hairy

Year after year, San Diego Comic-Con (the Super Bowl of the film and TV world) delivers such a mountain of material that frankly it gets pretty hard for us to cover it without sacrificing any good writer’s sense of concision. We’ve had Defenders, Agents, Justice Leaguers and Suicide Squads, but that doesn’t mean this year was entirely fixated on ensembles. ...

Star Trek Beyond – Movie Review

Since the revival of the beloved Star Trek franchise in 2009, a certain degree of division has taken root amongst its audience. Moviegoers in general and fans of science fiction embraced wholeheartedly the first outing of the perfectly cast Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and co. It was grand, fantastic, operatic, and it introduced the ongoing mission of the Starship Enterprise ...

Independence Day: Resurgence – Extended Look

Seriously, trailer-makers, guys, enough with the echoing piano-key musical opening. After ‘Star Wars’, ‘Captain America’ and even the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ teaser just yesterday, it’s becoming a bit of an over-saturated marketing trope. But I’ll let it slide this time, because this is the ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ extended trailer (emphasis on the word ‘extended’, it’s close to five minutes ...

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