Posts by: Jon Hornbuckle

‘Deadpool’ movie review: One hell of a thrill ride

Following the mammoth success of the X-Men franchise and Marvel Cinematic Universe, superhero films have become a fully fledged genre of their own over the past decade. From the beginning, Deadpool is extremely self-aware and ready to poke fun at the superhero genre along with its cast, X-Men connections and the complicated 12 year journey...

‘Pan’ movie review: Hugh Jackman feels a bit too Jack Sparrow

Is there a story that’s been adapted more times than the tale of Peter Pan? Since his debut in 1902, Peter has appeared in video games, on stage, radio, TV and of course movies with the most famous being the 1953 Walt Disney adaptation. Hugh Jackman leads the cast of Pan – an origin story...

‘Downton Abbey’ preview: 10 things we learned at the Season 6 launch

Downton Abbey is back and has returned to former glory. Whilst the show has been critically acclaimed since its inception, there were a lot of complaints that the recent two seasons were focusing too much on the love affairs of Lady Mary and her various suitors. I’d be inclined to agree – the show is...

‘Impossible’ review: A great night out at new West End magic show

Londons’s West End has a history of enthralling magic shows which has seen daring performances from the likes of Harry Houdini, Penn & Teller and, erm, Paul Daniels. With CGI making audiences ever more cynical about what’s real, you’d be forgiven for thinking magic shows had become extinct. But this month, magic and illusion have...

10 things we learned from David Walliams at the ‘Partners in Crime’ launch

Partners in Crime, BBC One’s new Agatha Christie adaptation which begins this weekend, will surprise many. Firstly, it shares more of a style with Doctor Who than Miss Marple and secondly, David Walliams switches up his usual act to become something of a Sunday evening action hero. The six episodes will comprise of two stories,...

‘Agent Carter’ Episode 2 review: ‘Bridge and Tunnel’

It’s the second episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter and we might have already hit a slighty stumbling block. It’s still an absolute joy to watch, the characters are all on point and it’s visually impressive, but there’s something lacking in the plot department. I’m beginning to think they should’ve taken a leaf out of Torchwood...

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut’ Blu-ray review

X-Men: Days of Future Past was a box-office success immediately upon release last year and, at 131 minutes long, it was already lengthy enough. But ever since word got out about cut scenes featuring Anna Paquin as Rogue, fans have been impatiently waiting to see what they consider to be the true, finished product. The...

‘Agent Carter’ Episode 1 review: ‘Now is Not the End’

Marvel has indisputably dominated the movie industry for the past decade and with the next few years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe already mapped out, there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. Marvel’s TV productions – though popular – haven’t managed the same level of success. Netflix might have hit the ground...

‘Spy’ movie review

Following the huge success of 2011’s Bridesmaids and 2013’s The Heat, Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig have become the most reliable director/actor duo since Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s heyday. And whilst McCarthy’s recent films (Tammy) have seen her tread familiar ground, Spy is a departure in style and one heck of a risk....