Monthly Archives: April 2014

What I Watched Last Night: Broken Arrow (1996)

Director: John Woo Cast: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Bob Gunton   Broken Arrow: ‘A class 4 strategic theatre emergency’; aka: Someone’s nicked a nuke. The introductory scene of John Woo’s aptly titled Broken Arrow (like all faulty projectiles, it strikes nowhere near the target) finds Capt. Riley Hale (Christian Slater) and Maj. Vic […]

Top Five: Fisticuffs at Funerals (and other similarly sombre occasions)

Who wants to put the ‘fun’ in funeral when you can can start a punch up instead? The rotten characters in the list below are the sorts of people that attend a wake and skip the seven pints of Guinness, preferring instead to get down to brass (a)tacks from the off. Don’t expect any eulogising […]

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – 3/5

Director: Marc Webb Certificate: 12A Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Felicity Jones Running Time: 142 min Plot: Itsy bitsy Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) climbs up the water spout, which acts as a conductor for the shockingly painful vengeance inflicted upon him by Electro (Jamie Foxx). After an interminable intro that […]

Top Ten: Original Soundtracks

As evidenced by Clint Eastwood’s soon to be released Jersey Boys (trailer just dropped), the right music can really make a good film great. That was a weak example, for this post is about the OST (aka Original Soundtrack). Choosing a composer is as important as casting, if not more so. The person responsible for […]

Review: The Raid 2 – 5/5

Director: Gareth Evans Certificate: 18 Cast: Iko Ukwais, Yayan Ruhian, Julie Estelle, Arifin Putra, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusodewo Running Time: 150 minutes Plot: Picking up minutes after the prequels conclusion, The Raid 2 sees Officer Rama (Ukwais) go deep undercover to bring down the Jakarta mob bosses… and half the corrupt police force along with […]

Top Five: Alcohol Endorsements in Films

As those familiar with Movie Quibble should already know, this blog holds films and alcohol in high esteem, and a combination thereof is simply unbeatable. Putting alcohol INTO films is a tricky one though, because it’s hard to drop a product placement without destroying immersion and investment in the character. This post is a list […]

Review: Locke – 3/5

Director: Steven Knight Certificate: 15 Cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman Running Time: 85 min Plot: Tom Hardy’s Welsh concrete salesman drives down a really long street called the M1, shouting at people who call him on his car telephone. Funny Welsh voice: It’s Tom Hardeeeee! I was twenty threeee years ollllld! Locke director Steven Knight […]

Top Five: Prison Break-Ins

Everybody cries the first time they go to prison, right? Wrong! Some people actually want to go there, if only for a short time. In the world of films at least, there remains that brave few prepared to risk life, limb and rear end maidenhood to save those that they love from the dreaded ‘grey […]

Review: The Double – 4/5

Director: Richard Ayoade Certificate: 15 Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd Running Time: 93 min Plot: A doppelgänger (Jesse Eisenberg) steals a man’s (Eisenberg, again!) life by winning over everyone in his shockingly limited social circle. Take you, with your worries, your bad habits, your sad memories, and then go to face to face […]

Top Ten: Film References in Fallout New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas has such a nauseating number of things to see, do, collect and – most enjoyably of all– murder with a piston-powered gauntlet. Though at first the maddening (MADDENING!) sense of ‘missing out’ on alternative and potentially more pleasurable paths every time you make a decision cripples the fun, frustration sooner or later […]