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 it across the Atlantic so was still keeping European audiences glued to their seats while Men in Black II played to audiences stateside.

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Winona Forever

Jennifer Gannon is a pop music aficionado who has previously written for state.ie and Popjustice. She has just launched a beautiful new website at jennpops.com and is on twitter @jennpops.

Kook. Everyone’s at it these days. Everyone wants the edge, from Zooey twirling around in her tea dresses big eyes a-blinking to Kat Dennings and her oh-so-strange Christopher Walken obsession and all the fake glasses wearing starlets in-between, we’ve reached the apex of odd.

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10 things that aren’t completely atrocious about Transformers 3

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is a bombastic failure. It lacks heart, character development and it’s probably not worthy of anything more than a ★ review. But everyone has read enough from people ripping Michael Bay and his film to shreds so lets take a different tack.

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In defence of… Terrence Malick

This is a guest post from Steve Neville. Steve is a part photographer, part broadcast television whore. 

A biiiig bang (The Tree of Life, 2011)

In a recent chat with a learned friend, the subject of Terrence Malick came up. We were both on different sides of the fence regarding our appetites for Malick movies, but we did agree on his directorial style being one that demanded attention, effort and perseverance to enjoy. Too much effort for most it has to be said.

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In defence of… Moustaches

Now I’m usually the proud owner of a nice bushy beard but as it’s November I’ve decided to do my bit for prostate cancer and grow a moustache. Give me your money here.

So moustaches and movies. How to look like a badass and not a registered sex offender… here are some of my picks.

 

~ Sam Elliot ~

Sam as Virgil in 1993's Tombstone. Don't diss the facial fuzz.

Without question the daddy of all moustaches. Whether it’s in The Big Lebowski or Tombstone, Elliot’s tache conveys wisdom and a “tough but fair” kinda guy. When he talks you’ll listen and if you don’t, he school your punk ass!

 

~ Nicolas Cage ~

H.I. McDunnough from Raising Arizona. Beaver.

Is there anything Nicolas Cage can’t do? Eithne better not leave a comment saying act! Here we see him as the hapless fool H.I. Mc Dunnough trying to make his wife happy and his tidy tache makes him all the more forgivable. He does kinda look like one of the angry beavers though I’ll give you that…

 

~ Clark Gable ~

Clark Gable. Gone with the Wind. Mmmmmm.

Of course he doesn’t give a damn! Look at that moustache for God sake, you’ve seen more appealing things crawl across your salad and there are rats with less offensive facial hair. But some how the Gabester manages to make it work. Whatever “products” he used to make it so alluring must have poisoned his brain in some way to make him long for Scarlett for so long.

 

~ Charles Bronson ~

Charles Bronson. Tough guy tache.

It is often said by the small of mind that a moustache makes you a member of the gay community, usually by jealous fools who couldn’t grow one if their life depended on it. I’d have dared you to say that to Charles.

 

~ Samuel L. Jackson ~

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. You'd know his name is the Lord when he lays his vengeance upon you y'know.

Rocking the curly handlebar all the way to Raquel’s Junkyard. Even Ezekiel would have approved.

 

~ Groucho Marx ~

Groucho Marx. Moustachioed from birth.

Would Groucho been have funny without his thick greasepaint moustache? Surely not and he would never have provided us with one of the funniest scenes committed to celluloid.

 

~ Frida Kahlo ~

Salma Hayek as Frida 'Ronnie' Kahlo.

Here at spooool we like to be inclusive so this is one for all the ladies.

 

and finally…

~ Jeffrey Jones ~

Jeffrey Jones playing Mr. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Mr Rooney has to get a mention as he keeps it real for all us gingers with a nice old fashioned. However it would appear his moustache led him down the sex offender path – Jeffrey Jones Busted: ‘Ferris Bueller’ Actor Faces Felony Charge For Sex Offense.

For shame Jeffrey.

And seriously. Movember. Give me your money here

In defence of… Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch's Emily Browning who plays Babydoll

100% style over substance - and proud of it. - ★★★★

So first of all, a disclaimer. I don’t think I eeeveeerrr want to see Sucker Punch again. But this doesn’t stop me from ranking my trip to see it last March as the best cinema “experience” I’ve had since I saw Avatar. Now don’t stop reading thinking I’ve been replaced with a pre-pubescent fool, allow me to explain. Read More

In defence of… SMOKING

The Breakfast Club's Judd Nelson. Smoking.

Smoke up Johnny

There are two immutable facts when it comes to smoking, the first is that it causes lung cancer and the second… it’s shit cool. Read More