Man ♥ bear 4eva - ★★★★ Remember when we all wondered what a Simpsons feature film would be like? And then when it arrived we all collectively let out a great big “meh”? Bringing TV animation to the big screen just won’t work unless you try something different. Well with ted, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane has given us a pretty good idea of how his show’s crass humour would work on the big screen. Read More  Read More


This review originally appeared after the film screened at JDIFF 2012. The sound of silence – ★★★ The latest offering from director Pat Collins is not so much a film about silence but more so the sound of silence. Read More  Read More

The Dark Knight Rises

As sometimes happens, the two of us had differing opinions on something, in this instance the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Rather than argue about who gets to publish their review over email (it has happened before!), we will just post the two reviews. We’d put them side by side if layout constraints didn’t exist but as Nigel’s name comes first alphabetically (?!), his kicks things off and looks mainly at the pros while Páraic’s... Read More

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine – ★★★★ Four stars is it? Yes, and I’d imagine many people will not share my fondness for this film. As you come to read Spooool’s reviews you begin to see what films we like and while we keep open minds as much as possible we certainly have our interests. Anything falling into a superhero or blockbuster category and Nigel will probably give it five stars. I on the other hand have a definite... Read More

What’s wrong with Katy Perry’s Part of Me popumentary?

Louise Bruton is a freelance pop-culture writer from Dublin. Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Dubliner and Hot Press. She blogs at notverywise.blogspot.com. Read her previous work here at spooool.com/author/louisebruton. | o | – ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ aka ‘Where Katy’s mirror confuses us all’. Katy Perry’s cinematic release of Part Of Me (★★) - in 3D for added swirling, candy bra action – is described as an... Read More

Darren Aronofsky is building an ark

So just a fun little nugget of news here as Darren Aronofosky tweets the first picture from the set of his upcoming epic Noah. I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it’s a reality. Genesis 6:14 #noah: twitter.com/DarrenAronofsk… — darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) July 11, 2012 Read More  Read More

The Hunter

Walkabout – ★★★★ Willem Dafoe goes for a walkabout in the Tasmanian wilderness in search of its elusive tiger but soon finds he may be the one being hunted. Bringing to mind films such as Deliverance and The Mission, Daniel Nettheim’s beautiful movie The Hunter shows the wild forests in all their raw glory and has plenty of well fleshed out characters to give the piece its heart and soul. Dafoe plays Martin a hunter commissioned by a Biotech company (yay!)... Read More

Magic Mike

Channing’s chaps – ★★★★ A google search for “Soderbergh retirement” returns 603,000 results. Ever since March 2011 when the director told The Hollywood Reporter that he would be retiring after his next two pictures, the film world has been hoping he’s been pulling our legs. While he has since gone back and adjusted these claims to say it may only be a “sabbatical” and that he could just focus on television projects, it is almost... Read More

A five-point plan to prepare for The Dark Knight Rises spoiler-free

You may have heard that there is a new Batman film coming out next week. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will hit cinemas both sides of the Atlantic at midnight on July 19th/20th. In this day and age it’s incredibly easy to ruin the impact of a blockbuster by drowning yourself in trailers, posters, TV spots, fan reactions and reviews. Case in point was the 25-minute “super-cut” of The Amazing Spider-Man which presented all of the various promotional... Read More

Dark Horse

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry – ★★★★ Todd Solondz offers up another blacker than black comedy about delusions and crippling optimism in his new outing Dark Horse. Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair) meet at a wedding with neither one of them that keen on dancing. Before they part ways Abe plucks up the courage to ask for Miranda’s phone number and she consents. An incredibly unlikely and odd relationship develops between the two causing... Read More

Michael Fassbender is Assassin’s Creed’s Desmond Miles

| o | - Let’s hope it can live up to the high watermark set by other amazing game/movie adaptations like Super Mario Bros and JCVD’s Street Fighter… Spooool-favourite Michael Fassbender has just been announced as the star and co-producer of the upcoming adaptation of the ridiculously popular Assassin’s Creed video game series. Read More  Read More

Oz: The Great and Powerful! A Poster! Something! At last!

Having gotten all nostalgic about Spider-Man in the last few days (review of The Amazing Spider-Man  and 10 years on: An ode to the original Spider-Man trilogy), you may not be wondering just where Sam Raimi went “apres Spidey”. Read More  Read More

10 years on: An ode to the original Spider-Man trilogy

| o | – The original Spider-Man film grossed over $820million world-wide. Cast your mind back ten years. Brazil have just beaten Germany to win their fifth World Cup, The Queen was prepping for her Golden Jubilee and the original Spider-Man was sitting pretty at the top of the UK and Irish box office just above the second of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels. Sam Raimi’s film had been released two months previously in the USA, but had taken a few weeks to make... Read More

The Amazing Spider-Man

Related post: 10 YEARS ON – AN ODE TO THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN TRILOGY Tangled up in goo – ★★★½ There was a very strange mix of outrage and apathy when Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they’d be moving forward with their Spider-Man franchise without the involvement of Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The reboot announcement came less than three years after the bloated mess of Spider-Man 3 disappointed fans and critics alike. ... Read More