WORDS: Patrick Kolan Let me tell you about The Dark Tower. In terms of cinematic tumult, the adaptation of dark-fiction sensei Stephen King’s offbeat horror-cum-western-cum-fantasy has weathered a lot. In the past twenty years, it’s changed directors and producers over and over, swerving back and forth from television to film, to a trilogy, back to [...]
When Ghost in the Shell debuted in manga form in 1989, we were living in a pre-Internet age – a time of William Gibson cyber-punk fiction, the personal computer held infinite potential and the year 1999 still felt like the far-flung, robot-filled future. It was a pre-The Matrix time. It was a more innocent technological age.
Looks like Martin Scorsese has been watching a lot of Paul Thomas Anderson - though, he'd be right to. This has lashings of There Will Be Blood, a bit of Last of the Mohicans and a dash of Akira Kurosawa too.
f you were a kid in the late 80s or early 90s, you probably have fond Disney memories. Frankly, if you were a human being that existed around that timeframe, you also do. Get ready to punch that nostalgia-button!
Get your first proper look at the Major in action in the debut trailer for Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson takes on the lead role, supported by the masterful Takeshi Kitano. Director Rupert Sanders looks to have a firm grasp of the source material here - which is frankly a relief for us. Check it [...]
It’s long – too long by a good hour. And the chroma key (green screen) moments still fly in the face of otherwise sterling production values. Why? Who knows. It deviates from the core story with lumpy stretches of exposition and wholly invents action scenes solely to provide popcorn-chewing moments late in the film. The [...]
When Robert Downey Jr.’s opening monologue kicks in over 'Iron Man 3's smartly edited opening sequence, the standard is set for a tonally different Marvel Comics film adaptation. You can thank veteran action film director Shane Black for that. His previous catalogue reads like a how-to guide to crafting smart, sexy action – itself exactly [...]
Many of you will have already discovered, with some dismay, that ‘Paranormal Romance’ now constitutes its own section at your local bookstore. As a genre, it boasts such flagships as the ‘Twilight’ saga, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and, more recently, ‘The Caster Chronicles’ - the first instalment of which is ‘Beautiful Creatures’, the inspiration for a [...]
A decade after Peter Jackson became a household name with his (and partner Fran Walsh’s) screen adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the duo are preparing for another trilogy. This time, after years of on-again, off-again production woes and collaboration with one-time confirmed director Guillermo Del Toro, we’ve seen ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ [...]
The first Silent Hill film was by no means a “masterpiece”, or even a minor “piece” at that. Like many game-to-film adaptations, the film fell flat with its lack of intrigue, direction and the most important aspect in a psychological horror: horror itself. Six years after the fact, Michael J. Bassett, a largely unknown director [...]