Screenplays I Wish I’d Written: Withnail and I

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London, 1969. Two unemployed actors, the self-centred Withnail and the self-conscious Marwood, decide to escape the squalor of their Camden flat and head to the country for a holiday. Travelling to the small cottage, owned by Withnail’s eccentric Uncle Monty, the two men find themselves completely unprepared for the mild horrors of non-suburban life and the trials self-sufficiency. Then Uncle Monty himself joins them, with less than noble intentions for Marwood. Bruce Robinson’s 1987 directorial debut is one of those that can curse a subsequent career. Not because it is…

O Captain! My Captain!

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Hot on the heels of the first peek of Andrew Garfield’s revamped Spider-man costume comes the release of the first teaser poster for another of Marvel’s three big releases this year, Captain America. I used to read Captain America when I was a kid, but he was never one of my favourites, and I gave up on him after he beat up a ‘villain’ called The Flag-Smasher. This guy just wanted to see all countries abolished in favour of a one-world government. I kind of liked that idea and resented…

In Defence of… Flash Gordon

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When I was in college, way back in what I believe is affectionately referred to as ‘the day’, a good friend and I used to spend many idle hours debating the merits and demerits of certain movies. The one that was the most polarising between us was 1980′s Flash Gordon. Long story short, he thought it was an abomination and I adored it. I recently caught it on television, watched it again after many years and…I still adore it! I haven’t spoken to my old friend in many a year…

My Spider Sense is Tingling!

The web is currently twitching with news of everyone’s favourite web-slinger. The release online of pictures of Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-man has given us our first taste of what Sony’s rebooted franchise has in store. And judging by the demeanour of Garfield in the picture, it’s looking like Spidey may be heading for the sort of dark, brooding arena usually reserved for billionaire playboys with bat fixations. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a far cry from the tone set by Sam Raimi’s trilogy, which adopted the brightly…

The 2010 Celluloid Zombie Awards

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And you thought the award season was over. Not so. On the last day of 2010, I’ve decided to hand out a small series of prestige awards to some of the most notable people, events and movies of the industry year. Trust me, the Oscars will be cleared from the shelves to make room for these babies. Probably. Welcome to the Celluloid Zombie Awards 2010! _________________________________________ The Tina Turner Award for Sticking It To Your Ex Kathryn Bigelow After years of being ignored by Oscar, watching ex-husband James Cameron win…