Category Archives: Review

2008, in Film: The Moviebarn top 12

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For you lot, Christmas and New Year offer a chance to eat lots, stock up on gadgets and DVDs for the next year, and generally hang out. For people who spend their time talking about anything in particular, it can be a bit of a pain. That’s because you, the public, expect/demand, an end-of-year review list rundown top 100 bonanza. But just to be a bit contrary, I won’t give you a simple run-through of the top films of the year. Instead, we’re on a trip back in time, to the land called 2008, to look at A YEAR IN FILM!!! This one, that hasn’t even finished yet… Continue reading


Kung Fu Panda: Review

Spare a thought, if you will, for the guys in charge of signing off the titles of Hollywood movies. The problem they face is the old ‘book-by-cover’ routine – the prejudgments an audiences will make based on a film’s title can make or break a picture. Best then, when your film features a Chinese bear that knows martial arts, to keep it simple. ‘Kung Fu Panda’. No confusion. Continue reading

Wanted: Review


Another week in Movieland, and another comic book/graphic novel/scribbling-on-fag-packet writ large on the big screen. And just like the best talent scouts and the seediest old men, Hollywood’s started gettin’ them while they’re young. Wanted was snapped up by Universal after just one issue, a graphic novel that, frankly, has ball-all to do with the film. Continue reading

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Review

Yes, everyone’s favourite fedora-wearing professor is back on the block. A mere 19 years after The Last Crusade, Spielberg and Lucas have brought one of cinema’s greatest icons out of cold storage, and thrown him into the start of the Cold War. And the good news is they haven’t done a terrible job.

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Speed Racer – Whaaaaaat?

To be honest, it’s all gone a bit wrong for the Wachowski Brothers’ adaptation of the 60s animation. I’ve been doing the reading catching the buzz, and managed to watch the vast majority of the film, albeit in little bits. Now it’s time for a post-mortem. Continue reading

Cashback: Review

Sometimes it’s better to quit while you’re ahead. If you’re Sean Ellis, director of Cashback, then you could’ve done with doing just that.

Cashback started out as an award-winning short film, and everybody loved it. The feature-length version is a different story. It centres on Ben, an art student who becomes an insomniac after his girlfriend leaves him. So he takes a job working nights in Sainsburys. As you do.

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Iron Man: Review

Tony Stark is a billionaire weapons manufacturer. The charismatic womanising kind of weapons manufacturer you only get in the movies. He’s on a trip to Afghanistan when terrorist-type people kidnap him. They want him to build them a big rocket. But instead, he builds an Iron suit. As you do. And explosions, double-crosses and general blockbuster fun follow. Continue reading