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Lucas Pope: America’s Best Gaming Auteur

When people think of the best games ever made, their minds will instantly go to titles like The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time or maybe Red Dead Redemption. It's obviously not a hidden secret that there are teams of hundreds and thousands of hard working and dedicated people that bring games like that

In Memoriam – Paul Ritter (1966-2021)

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn British actor Paul Ritter who passed away on 5th April 2021 aged just 54 after suffering with a brain tumour. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. Ritter’s comedic dead-pan face and wit has not gone unnoticed in terms of his work on stage, television

Reclaiming the Rotten: Karyn Kusama’s Æon Flux (2005)

Each month, we at FilmHounds take a look at a director’s back catalogue and pick their lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and ask ourselves – why? Why is it their least loved among critics? Regardless, we attempt to see the good in it. This Month: Karyn Kusama’s ÆON FLUX (2005)  Rating: 9% Karyn Kusama

What Can The Oscars Do To Become Relevant Again?

With all the buzz and excitement that surrounds the annual Academy Awards ceremony, it’s a little surprising that the biggest night of awards season has been losing viewers over the years. Since 2014 the viewership has steadily decreased, from 43.7 million viewers to an all-time low of 23.6 million viewers at the 2020 Academy Awards.

No Revenge Taken: The Misplaced Politics of Promising Young Woman

TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains discussion of sexual assault and suicide. This article contains spoilers for Promising Young Woman.    Promising Young Woman is Emerald Fennell’s debut feature film which tells the story of Cassie (Carey Mulligan), who pretends to be drunk in nightclubs in order to lure men into trying to sexually assault her,

V For Vendetta at 15: An Underappreciated Cultural Phenomenon

When it comes to Western holidays, Hollywood pretty much has you covered for films to watch. There are countless Christmas films, so much so that maybe one could argue there are too many. There are hundreds of Valentine's Day films and even more if you consider any romance film to be a suitable celebration. The

Grief, Trauma and Memory in Memento

A bloody polaroid dominates the screen, and begins to fade slowly, developing in reserve. Blood climbs back up the walls, and you are forced to watch the scene subvert itself, the violence and gore dissipating before your very eyes. The imagery is gone, but the sense that what is done cannot be undone remains. Christopher

“Would That It’were So Simple” – A Ramble on 5 Years of Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! occupies a strange place in Joel and Ethan Coen’s overall canon – basically none at all. Their 2016 comedy, set in the heart of Old Hollywood starring Josh Brolin - and everyone else who’s ever been in a movie- sort of just came and went. It arrived after a string of the brothers’

“The Real Vampire”: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast Accuse Creator Joss Whedon of Abuse

At the beginning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we are told the following: “In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.” It is the prophecy of Buffy Summers; the buck-kicking and stake-wielding protagonist who was portrayed by

Reclaiming the Rotten: Ridley Scott’s A Good Year

Each month, we at FilmHounds take a look at a director’s back catalogue and pick their lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and ask ourselves – why? Why is it their least loved among critics? Regardless, we attempt to see the good in it. This Month: Ridley Scott’s A GOOD YEAR (2006) Rating: 25% There

Rewriting The Page on Wrestling Films: 2 Years of Fighting with My Family

Two years ago today, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family hit cinemas in the UK, and a little over two years ago, I joined a jam-packed press screening for the professional wrestling film at Leicester Square. The film tells the real-life tale of WWE superstar Paige’s (previously known as Saraya) colourful wrestling family in Norwich,

Trainspotting At 25: Choose Life

It’s a push to think of any British film with the seismic impact and cultural legacy as Trainspotting. The electric adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, even 25 years later, retains a startling immediacy and shock value that has ensured its place in cinema history. It blends the violent spiralling of Goodfellas with the pop culture,

How Filmmaking Changed In A Pandemic

It was around March 2020 when films began dropping like flies off the release calendar and delaying their release dates, in some cases by up to a year. First there was James Bond, then A Quiet Place Part 2, followed by Fast & Furious 9, Black Widow, the list goes on and on. But whilst we

‘Paddington 2’ is the Perfect Cultural Rebuke to Brexit

In June 2016, I was young enough to not really know anything about the EU referendum, but old enough to know that I probably should. I really don’t remember much of the actual campaign at all, but the feeling of the whole thing permeated – and never really went away. The last week felt like

Top Things to Know about the upcoming Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most anticipated films of this awards season, the Shaka King directed drama focussed on the relationship between William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) an FBI informant who betrayed Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton leading to his assassination.  Over zoom, Daniel Kaluuya who stars as Hampton, Hampton’s son Chairman

Screen Legend Christopher Plummer

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, who is best known for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965) has died at the age of 91. On Friday 5th February, the actor died peacefully in his sleep at his Connecticut home after suffering a blow to his head following a fall. During his

“I’m God’s Lonely Man.” – Taxi Driver at 45

From the billowing steam emanating from one of New York City’s manhole covers emerges a yellow taxi cab, rolling through another night of ferrying NY citizens around from borough to borough. There are not many other openings in film history that establish the texture and mindset of a film in quite the same way as

How Clueless Went From Sleeper Hit to Cult Classic

'As if,' says Cher, dressed boldly in a vivid, yellow-plaid two-piece paired with white, knee-high socks: a look, which, since its first outing in 1995, has become an iconic fashion statement, reproduced worldwide in music-videos, as Halloween costumes and for purchase in popular retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Topshop. Since they hit screens in

Reclaiming the Rotten: Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time

Each month, we at FilmHounds take a look at a director’s back catalogue and pick their lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and ask ourselves – why? Why is it their least loved among critics? Regardless, we attempt to see the good in it. This Month: Ava DuVernay’s A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018) Rating: 42%

Living a Double Life – A Look Into The World of Superior

Six years ago, New York-based filmmaker Erin Vassilopoulos released a short film titled Superior. The film tells the tale of an unusual flirtatious encounter between two twin sisters and a mysterious stranger. With its bold level of cinematic honesty and authenticity, the film resonated with both Sundance and Berlinale audiences alike. Since the release of

Is Jared Leto’s Joker really that bad?

While 2020 has sucked for pretty much all of us, it’s been a surprisingly good year for fans of DC movies. Special online conventions and surprise announcements have given audiences a renewed hope in the future of Warner Bros’ DC film slate, whether that be through gripping trailers (The Batman) or the reveals that seemingly

“Hello Friends And Enemies”- The Philadelphia Story at 80

 

The Dark Underbelly of ‘Jingle All The Way’

This article first appeared and is available in our free mini Christmas magazine - click here to read Brian Levant’s 1996 Jingle All the Way has become a mainstay in many households when it comes to the Christmas movie setlist. On the surface, it’s a fun family comedy with slapstick humour, a drunk reindeer and

‘Love is all around’- Ranking the stories of Love Actually

There are two main opinions of Richard Curtis’ Love Actually- it’s either regarded as a Christmas classic, or seen as wildly overrated and overexposed. Its status as a seminal Christmas showing has put it alongside It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The film was an attempt by Richard Curtis to