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A review of Detainment (2018) from before the controversy

As if in a dream, Detainment (Vincent Lambe) opens with two ten-year old boys set loose in a sleepy shopping centre.  The camera glides, the boys run and tumble in … Continue reading

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The Terminator: Love, Sex, (Artifical) Intelligence

Seeing something utterly familiar in a new light, that’s one of the joys of watching double-bills. At our time travel spectacular last November we had just finished La jetée, one … Continue reading


My God, its Full of Sex: A Puerile Reading of 2001 A Space Odyssey

A couple of years ago I started seeing things in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Is she dressed as a sperm? Rude things. Are they rubbing a giant alien clitoris? Giggle-inducing … Continue reading


Projecting Strength in Robocop (1987)

Drawing upon the framing and composition of the Western shoot-out, the expressionist use of light and shadows in film noir and evoking the spectacle of giant-monster B-movies, this image from … Continue reading

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Uwe Boll: The (Complete) Videogame Years

Part One Bad films come in all shapes and sizes. Some are wildly successful (such as Transformers franchise), some are painfully dull (such as Transformers franchise), some are technically flawless … Continue reading

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A Date With an Alien

In October, The Screen Cinema in Winchester put on a very special screening of Alien proceeded by a chat between Ian Nathan from Empire Magazine, promoting his book Alien Vault (‘The definitive story of the making of the film’) and the film’s executive producer, Ivor Powell. This was far too good an opportunity for SuperCool Cinema to pass up.

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Dyer Diary 15: City Rats (2009)

Three-quarters of the way in to our twenty film challenge and it’s time to start putting things in order, time to start tying up loose ends. Two recurring topics for … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dyer Diary 14: Age of Heroes (2011)

He swore to himself no heavy drinking on this one, no turning up to work hungover to fuck (or still arseholed). A week later he was stuck up a Norwegian mountain with nothing … Continue reading

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Dyer Diary 13: The Mean Machine (2001) & The Pinter Plays

Even before his toxic run of flops from 2009-2013, Danny Dyer’s reputation as an actor was being poisoned by his much publicised celebrity lifestyle and derided presenting work on The Real … Continue reading

June 30, 2014

Dyer Diary 12: Pimp (2010)

We return to Danny’s toxic period of box-office calamities from 2009 to 2013. Here it is folks, rock bottom. In a nutshell: Woody, a Soho pimp, has a very bad week at … Continue reading

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Dyer Diary 11: Doghouse (2009)

It started in 2009 with Doghouse. Danny Dyer’s losing streak ran for four years and seventeen critical and commercial stinkers. These are the films which cemented his reputation for playing … Continue reading

June 14, 2014

Dyer Diary 10: Human Traffic (1999)

It’s all so vivid; the mad excitement of getting ready, the tell-tale tingles down the scalp, the heat, the dry ice, being able to say anything I liked to anyone … Continue reading

April 21, 2014

Dyer Diary 9: The Football Factory (2004)

I took a deep breath, pushed my liberal sensibilities to one side and opened my mind as wide as it would go. It was time watch the Danny Dyer film that I’d … Continue reading

April 4, 2014

Dyer Diary 8: The Other Half (2005)

Regardless of his reputation, Danny Dyer has been one of the most bankable names in the British film industry since hitting box office gold with The Football Factory ten years ago, thanks … Continue reading

March 16, 2014

Dyer Diary 7: Vendetta (2013)

The sweet odyssey of an independent British film from ‘the one’ to the £1 DVD bin is much travelled and sadly predictable. The promising script would have been clutched tightly … Continue reading

February 22, 2014
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