Suicide Squad shoots DCEU in the head

Ok, I know people want to know what I think of Suicide Squad cos they keep asking me. I stand firm in my position that epic and repeated shreddings are a waste of an education and that lengthy arguments of justification equally unworthy of time.

So I’ll keep it short. First, the good. Leto, Robbie, in fact most of the performances including Will Smith who holds it all together in a humongously thankless part.

That’s that. Now the bad. This is a movie of extraordinary narrative ineptitude. Character exposition gets bunged in 10 minutes before the end, the first half hour is painfully close to the infamous “video clips” sequence in BvS. No motivation is clear, and anyone who couldn’t follow the villain’s motives in Ghostbusters will end up in hospital trying to figure out wtf gwaaan with the Enchantress.

Now, I’d like to blame David Ayer for all this, but I can’t. As shit as his script is, as wretched as the “jokes” an 8 year old would find childish, and as mangled as his vision may be (whichever cut of this we’re seeing) he should never have been allowed near the script, let alone to direct his own. This makes BvS look like Spartacus, and there is about 100 people responsible for the unsalvageable debacle this is fast becoming.

I thought WB had learned their lesson about going into production without a script 20 years ago. Evidently not. All that remains to be seen is how much worse it can get.

But I’m invested in DC, I’ll see this again and I’ll learn to live with it. A heavy hearted 2/5


Celluloid sorcery showing in August!!

Ludicrously excited to confirm the details of my explosive 35mm screening of Tony Scott’s The Last Boy Scout.

A troubled production that became a cult favourite this demands to be seen on the big screen with all its famous dark energies, violent action and whiplash one-liners.

Showing for one day only!

SATURDAY 27th August 2016 4pm – Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton

Get tickets for The Last Boy Scout in 35mm exclusively from ourscreen!!!

Clearly one of my favourite action movies, this has Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans (who reportedly did not get along on set) as PI Joe Hallenbeck and disgraced football pro Jimmy Dix.  Thrown together after the murder of Joe’s business partner and Jimmy’s girlfriend (an early performance from Halle Berry) the find themselves in a dark, cynical and violent world of illegal gambling and sports corruption.

Even though it was a nightmare production and his direction was compromised by Silver and Willis’ demands, The Last Boy Scout very much pulled Tony Scott back from the financial disasters of Revenge and Days of Thunder and, alongside brother Ridley, his images define a certain time and aesthetic that has become the recognised visual style of television and film today.

Over the coming weeks I’ll undoubtedly post many thoughts and facts about The Last Boy Scout, which is a movie I’ve been aching to see on a big screen from real 35mm film, and I hope to persuade you all to drop everything and come to Brighton for an action spectacular not really quite like any other.

Back with Black

With The Nice Guys just hanging on in our cinemas, and with all the comparison to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and noting of Shane Black’s mastery of pulp noir, it’s sorely noted that not much attention is being paid to THE LAST BOY SCOUT.

Well, that’s about to change.

Stick with me on Facebook for upcoming details of my 35mm screening of this “high-octane” action classic, only at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton.

Be there. Or else!



A sorcer full of secrets

So hey, I started a website.  Finally!  Another WordPress blog in a universe of WordPress blogs, I hear you cry!

This will all be tied in with my social media, so keep on following me on Facebook, Twitter and Letterboxd.  Links below.  I’ll be about, posting random thoughtdumps, but also keeping you up to date on the wonderful work in repertory film programming going on right now.

Tis a golden age once more . . .