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Jan 01 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Final Analysis: Blade Runner

Is there anything left for me to say about the film? I'm trying not to get ahead of myself but I'm something of a Blade Runner fanatic and, some might say, even a Blade Runner academic. I've written a book on the film, I...
Dec 11 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: "Gatsby? What Gatsby?", Part 2

[Many apologies for the delays. Personal business. Hospital visit. That sort of thing. Many sorries. We're on Wednesdays now too!] Leonardo Dicaprio's entrance in The Great Gatsby is as perfect of an 'adapted' moment as ...
Nov 24 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: "Gatsby? What Gatsby?", Part 1

The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly one of the finest works of literature. To really sell it short: it's probably the most 'honest' tragedy of human hubris, love and dreams. It's filled to the brim with too much deliciousnes...
Nov 24 // Nathan Hardisty

Review: The Day of the Doctor

Fifty years. I can't imagine what this means to people who tuned in to November 23rd, 1963 and watched The Unearthly Child play out. I can't imagine what this means to people who've followed it for more than a decade. I ...
Nov 11 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Doctor What?

Ah. Hello. Terribly sorry to about ninety-percent of people who click on these things. Unfortunately a lot of this will depend on you having watched the film and being clued in to Doctor Who. Usually with these things y'all c...
Nov 04 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Faith in A New Hope

I don't remember my first viewing of Star Wars. It's become so ingrained into my memory, into brain, that I can't place an exact date on my first viewing of the original trilogy. I do recall specific moments. The trench run, ...
Oct 28 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: The ethics of Moon

Moon is an incredible overlooked modern masterpiece. It's probably one of the bravest efforts of science fiction in the last twenty years and most definitely a near-spiritual love letter to Kubrick's magnum opus of 2001 ...
Oct 21 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Nihilism in Falling Down

To me, at least, it came as a surprise that Joel 'Batman & Robin' Schumacher directed Falling Down. Falling Down, for the most part, is a very high-voltage social piece set within the confines of one man man's lone journe...
Oct 14 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Children of Men, Part 3

On soft gray mornings widows cryThe wise men share a joke;I run to grasp divining signsTo satisfy the hoax. In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson  Children of Men, as we've discussed, is a film that's ab...
Oct 07 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Children of Men, Part 2

The gardener plants an evergreen Whilst trampling on a flower. I chase the wind of a prism ship To taste the sweet and sour.  In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson  Clothing. That's a...
Sep 30 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Children of Men, Part 1

The dance of the puppets The rusted chains of prison moons Are shattered by the sun. I walk a road, horizons change The tournament's begun.  In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson  Whe...
Sep 26 // Nathan Hardisty

Review: Rush

Rush is an odd beast. On paper you'd expect some kind of mechanical, by the books ode to the motorsport with some human drama interspersed. In reality the human drama is on the absolute top of the podium with all the oth...
Sep 23 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Sins in American Psycho

American Psycho is not a film I would recommend. That sounds odd coming from someone who wrote an eBook on the film but it is the truth. American Psycho can be interesting, hilarious and thought provoking in that 'c...
Sep 20 // Nathan Hardisty

JJ sez Star Wars VII will be "emotional" and buzzword

Our lord and savior JJ Abrams came out of the star-spangled closet to finally say some buzzwords about the Second Coming of Christ a.k.a Episode VII. The Into Darkness director said that he hopes that he will deliver an ...
Sep 16 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Scarface & Heisenberg

Scarface doesn't exactly breathe quantum physics theory now does it? It is practically eighties tragedy incorporated complete with synth and cocaine. When I think of Scarface I do think of the setting, the slow dism...
Sep 09 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Senna's human drama

I'm not a petrolhead. My father is pretty heavy into motorsports, Formula One in particular. I've never been grabbed by it myself but he pointed me towards Senna as an example of exactly what grabs people about the sport...
Sep 04 // Nathan Hardisty

Jack Nicholson supposedly retiring... supposedly

Oh blimey. This is pretty heavy news. A 'source' has apparently suggested that Mr Nicholson has been suffering some memory loss recently and has chosen to retire from acting altogether. Nicholson's last film last came out ove...
Sep 02 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Literally Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation might be one of the oddest Western romance films ever made. It contains no sex scenes between the main two lovers, there's a giant age gap, there's minimal kissing and the relationship develops not th...
Aug 30 // Nathan Hardisty

Bradley Cooper is... Rocket Raccoon

After Vin Diesel, John Dimaggio, Neil Patrick Harris, David Tennant, and so many other rumored names, Marvel finally has a face to the voice of its Rocket Raccoon. One of the characters of the upcoming intergalactic space-cre...
Aug 26 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Batffleck

Spoilers for Man of Steel. Christopher Nolan left behind a gap. A hole if you will. He had no interest in universe building at one point, Marvel's gigantic Avengers universe collision began just as The Dark Knight c...
Aug 22 // Nathan Hardisty

Review: The World's End

The World's End marks the end of the Cornetto trilogy; the long-lived British comedy love affair filled with laughs, cheers and genre bashes. With Shaun of the Dead, the low-key British film scene was imploded upon with a blo...
Aug 19 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Gasland and truth

Truth is an odd, odd beast. Supersize Me has become notorious for dodging some facts and a host of other documentaries have folded under scrutiny. Gasland has been of interest to me because I want to know the truth. It will a...
Aug 12 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Skyfall's metanarrative

Skyfall is a Bond film about Bond, both genre and man. Sam Mendes and company created a truly all-encompassing, retrospective-filled 50th Anniversary celebration. Skyfall is the type of film that shouldn't happ...
Aug 06 // Nathan Hardisty

Harrison Ford wants Indy 5

Surprising absolutely no-one Harrison Ford has said that he wants to play the role of his life once more. Speaking to the Telegraph he has said that "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it...
Aug 06 // Nathan Hardisty

Bryan Singer reveals more about Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer chatted about some new details around Days of Future Past at a special Q&A at the Fantasia International Film Festival. He revealed that a young William Stryker will feature in the film (played by Josh H...
Aug 05 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: X-Men something something, Part 2

So last week I took a look at the original X-Men film trilogy and so, as promised, here's some thoughts on the following films. They're an odd bunch; two solo ventures and a complete reboot/prequel/fanservice extravaganz...
Aug 01 // Nathan Hardisty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty gets first tease

This looks rather brilliantly bonkers. Ben Stiller's directorial debut is a remake of the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which in turn is based upon the short story by James Thurber. The story blends the real wor...
Jul 29 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: X-Men something something, Part 1

The X-Men film series is a weird one. For a civil rights allegory there sure is a lot of shallow stuff involved. Wolverine is the poster-boy, the action sequences, in some of the features, are worth more than the charact...
Jul 22 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: An ode to Nicolas Cage

Okay. Shall I start off with this? Nicolas Cage is a favorite. Maybe the favorite. Unfortunately, however, Cage isn't a very, how do I put this, popular choice? He doesn't exactly have the 'je ne sais quoi ' quality to a...
Jul 19 // Nathan Hardisty

Idris Elba's Mandela biopic gets a fancy trailer

I'm surprised there's not been a full-blown 'biopic' until now. We've had our TV movies and Invictus, but Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom seems to be the first proper Mandela effort. It stars Idris Elba, who looks uncanni...
Jul 15 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Die Hard with a Vengeance's NYC

Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn't it a pity? Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city This is the song that Die Hard with a Vengeance opens up with. For a film launchin...
Jul 12 // Nathan Hardisty

How To Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cheeky trailer

Ooh. How To Train Your Dragon was one of those usual surprisingly brilliant Dreamworks features, and now the sequel is showing off all of its fire-breathing fury. Kind of. This cheeky new teaser shows off some of the be...
Jul 12 // Nathan Hardisty

Edgar Wright sez the Ant-Man script is done

Yay! Wright's The World's End is dropping in all of its lager-dripping here in England next week, and it looks pretty rad. Seems our Edgar already has his next project, the long in development Ant-Man which finally ...
Jul 08 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Lost Action Hero

Last Action Hero recently turned 20, and it's time to reexamine it. Two decades later, it's still largely misunderstood. Holding only a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes, it was critically panned upon release and was a box off...
Jul 04 // Nathan Hardisty

Only God Forgives UK Trailer

Blimey. While you lot are out and about mingling and meeting 'Murica-ing, Ryan Gosling's hot face has been splattered all over a fancy new UK trailer for the Winding-Refn outing Only God Forgives. The new trailer shows off, ...
Jul 01 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: A Freudian take on Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero films ever made. It is incredible how it manages to have Peter Parker confront one of the most common dilemmas we all face--time management--and still keep a quick pace; Alfr...
Jun 24 // Nathan Hardisty

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Food & drink in Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s beautiful vision of a Los Angeles soaked in sin is unlike any other. The film has truly transcended genre -- though it pulls from action, crime, romance, vignette collection and more -- and has bur...
Jun 18 // Nathan Hardisty

Sin City 2 release date pushed back

Huh. This is quite a shame. It seems Robert Rodriquez's tactic of trying to push two films into his busy schedule, Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, doesn't seem to be paying off. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, once slat...
Jun 18 // Nathan Hardisty

Trailer: Kick Ass 2

A new zip-zap-zoom fancy trailer for the hyper-violent, hyper-curse-word nonsense sequel to Kick Ass has hit the webs. The trailer shows off more Jim Carrey funtimes while also teasing some detail bits about the ma...
Jun 13 // Nathan Hardisty

Watch_Dogs, Far Cry, and Rabbids getting adaptations?

Ubisoft seems to be getting pretty heavily into the film biz. After Assassin's Creed got the Fassbender treatment, and with Tom Hardy on board for Splinter Cell, Michael Bay for Ghost Recon (ugh), three more Ubisoft...






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