Seen X-Men First Class and want a whole bunch more mutant goodness? Finlay is here with his pick of the best X-Men comics
Another DVD review, this time of The King (James Marsh, 2005) a film with an urge to be interesting, but one which fails to find any reason to be seen. With the Edinburgh International Film Festival on its way, I am beginning to return my critical eye to the many DVDs that land on my doormat of a morning in anticipation of the cinematic feast mere weeks away. A number of titles have arrived but it is only this that has driven me to write a review, despite the film having little effect.
A belated round up of last weeks comic book output. Finlay was away last week so Angus Niven steps in to talk about Detective Comics, FF and the possibility of more bad Superman films.
Thor is released this weekend in cinemas so now is a great time to get reading the source material.
Looking back now, it is easy to understand the appeal of the stand alone blockbuster of 2010, Inception. Christopher Nolan's impressive feature film had action, beautiful violence on the one hand, and on the other cleverly utilised dreamworlds and the subconscious, rendering both with cinematographic aplomb. However despite looking and sounding incredible I couldn't help but wonder why this film was even made as a film at all.
A sweet film that captures something magical about the horror of youth, locates the wonder in first love, and knowingly retells it through the lens of a super-8.
Taking a look at the lives behind championship gamers, De Putter's film is a well made expose on a world that is virtually anonymous in the west, but a virtual reality for many half a world a way.
Cruising on a wave of geek chic, this documentary is an interesting portrayal of a vintage obsession, the drive and determination left over from a voracious decade - that of the 80's, with its shoulder pads, oversized mobile phones, and importantly arcade machines. Though there were countless classic arcade games - Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Q-bert - this documentary focuses not on the culture of retro gaming, but one game in particular - Donkey Kong.
Black Swan takes on the contrived world of Ballet, exposing the heavily competitive, strict and frankly dangerous world which the classical art creates.