Review: Hecatomb (proof-of-concept)

British director Edward Andrews’ micro-budget sci-fi/action epic
proves to be worth the wait…
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The Punch Up Podcast, Ep.34: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

This week on The Punch Up the chaps return to that galaxy far, far away, that some for reason we’re now able to visit each year with relative, provided we pay Disney a small fee that is.

That’s right, it’s our epic, overly nerdy review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, covering all the interesting talking points from Disney’s latest space opera offering…

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Vancouver International Film Festival 2016

Recently, I found myself in the midst of the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival. So, as usual, I teamed up with the lovely folks at Failed Critics to bring you a round up of seven of the more intriguing pictures featured this year, including Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence

Check out the reviews here.
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Podcast: The Punch Up, Ep.25 – ‘Zootopia & Other Animals’

This week on The Punch Up podcast, the chaps take a walk on the wild side with an in-depth review of the marvellous new Disney flick, Zootopia.

There’s also a full round up of the pretty-much-went-to-plan 88th Academy Awards, as well as a look forward to some of this year’s biggest theatrical releases, including Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, and Batman vs. Superman.

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Review: Deadpool

The self-aware super-anti-hero genre has a new, er, hero.

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Podcast: The Punch Up, Ep.12 – ‘Beasts of No Podcast’

The Punch Up is a brand new weekly film & television podcast broadc​asting from the laaaazy west coast city of Vancouver, Canada.

Featuring regulars Phill Bartlett, Adam Blair, and yours truly, Nicholas Lay, the chaps and I will be covering regular news, reviews, previews, and retrospect from the world of the reel.

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Ep.12 – ‘Beasts of No Podcast’ 

This week on The Punch Up, the chaps take a giddy look at the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before conducting spoiler-free reviews of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix colloboration, Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, and Denis Vileneuve’s mastery of intense-as-fuck misdirection, Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.

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Podcast: The Punch Up, Ep.4 – ‘A Straight-to-Internet Release’

The Punch Up is a brand new weekly film & television podcast broadc​asting from the laaaazy west coast city of Vancouver, Canada.

Featuring regulars Phill Bartlett, Adam Blair, and yours truly, Nicholas Lay, the chaps and I will be covering regular news, reviews, previews, and retrospect from the world of the reel.

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Ep.4 – ‘A Straight-to-Internet Release’

This week on The Punch Up, the chaps bite off more than they can chew as they tear apart the rotten carcass of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride during Sucker Punched. Things get a bit misty eyed as the emotional, not-talked-about-as-much-as-it-should-be De Niro/Williams true story, Awakenings, also features, as does Roman Polanski’s influential 1968 horror classic, Rosemary’s Baby. General reviews include Alex Garland’s marvelous sci-fi/thirller, Ex Machina, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2013 anime war tale, The Wind Rises, and John Woo’s hit-and-miss Mission Impossible 2, before one of us drunkenly fell asleep during True Detective, cutting things a tad short(er)…

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Podcast: The Punch Up, Ep.3 – ‘Short Changed’

The Punch Up is a brand new weekly film & television podcast broadc​asting from the laaaazy west coast city of Vancouver, Canada.

Featuring regulars Phill Bartlett, Adam Blair, and yours truly, Nicholas Lay, the chaps and I will be covering regular news, reviews, previews, and retrospect from the world of the reel.

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Ep.3 – ‘Short Changed’

This week on The Punch Up, the chaps look forward to Marlon Brando on Marlon Brando, before officially making the case for the industry to make a goddam bigger deal of short films. The fall from grace of the mainstream parody genre is traced, from Leslie Neilson to Scary Movie, as is the steady evolution of adult animation series with the recent release of BoJack Horseman. Tig, Aliens, Grease, and While We’re Young also feature, as does a 20th anniversary chat on Larry Clark’s highly controversial flick, Kids. To finish, as always, it’s True Detective spoiler time (s02e06) – a show well and truly stuck in second gear.

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Podcast: The Punch Up, Ep.2 – ‘Blow Me’

The Punch Up is a brand new weekly film & television podcast broadc​asting from the laaaazy west coast city of Vancouver, Canada.

Featuring regulars Phill Bartlett, Adam Blair, and yours truly, Nicholas Lay, the chaps and I will be covering regular news, reviews, previews, and retrospect from the world of the reel.

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Ep.2 – ‘Blow Me’

This week the chaps look forward to Iñárritu’s epic western, The Revenant, in new segment ‘The Trailer Park’. There’s discussion on what everyone’s been viewing recently, including sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt’s sort-of-forgotten hit, Interview With a Vampire, and the not-as-good-as-you-remember biopic, Blow. ‘Sucker Punched’ makes it return with Jean-Claude Van Damme’s The Quest, Disney’s Mighty Joe Young, and the arcade game doc King of Kong under the microscope, before the boys wrap things up with their usual spoiler filled venture into trying to solve just what the hell’s going on in True Detective (so2e05).

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