By Marty Mulrooney
Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans (or simply Bad Lieutenant as it is being advertised here in the UK) is a 2009 American crime drama directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicolas Cage. I had only previously been exposed to director Herzog’s work in the 2007 film Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale, finding it a solid if not spectacular drama. I am also not the biggest fan of Nicolas Cage, although his recent supporting role in Kick-Ass was fantastic. This left me somewhat vague about what to expect here with the late UK release of Bad Lieutenant in 2010.
By Marty Mulrooney
Kick-Ass is the latest in a long line of superhero flicks to hit the big screen. Based on the recent comic book series by Marvel (the film rights were actually sold before the comic went to print), I knew from the trailers it was going to be pretty insane. So I eagerly took my seat in anticipation of what would hopefully be a fresh spin on this often sadly formulaic genre.
By Stewie Sutherland
I had the unique opportunity to watch the new film Astro Boy recently, purely as a member of the audience. For this statement to make sense, I have to stress that when it comes to franchises, I’m either a fan or I’m not. Growing up, Astro Boy was a show I vaguely remember as being on very early of a weekday, somewhere near the animated Abbot and Costello show.
I’m showing my age there, I’m sure (I’m 24) and I can only just remember it as something I’d run around the house singing along to when the credits came on. Being the closest thing to an Anime for the time of the late 80’s/early 90’s, Astro Boy was a classic tale of a robot boy who fought crime and evil and saved the world. I think. I can’t stress enough that I can only just remember these details. Long story short, I wasn’t that big of a fan, not when Inspector Gadget did the same job but with the legendary Don Adam’s at the helm. Continue reading