Archive for Neil Queen

  • BBC Libero football analysis tool and exactly how it works

    BBC Libero football analysis tool and exactly how it works

    By 9 June 2010

    Sepp Blatter does not have Pocket-Lint in his RSS feed. As the head of Fifa and the most powerful man in world football, he has long resisted the march of technological progress, steadfastly refusing to embrace systems, such as Hawk-Eye, which could help...

  • A Serious Man - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    A Serious Man - DVD

    By 12 March 2010

    I’d always thought that ours was a generation of pussies, that next to our parents, we’re a bunch of indulged wasters, with the intellectual teat of the internet killing our sense of wanderlust, encouraging us to expect everything on a plate. Not...

  • The White Ribbon - DVD
    3.5 out of 5

    The White Ribbon - DVD

    By 5 March 2010

    Having won his place in the hearts of countless suburban multiplex-goers with such joyous spectacles as Weekend At Bernie's 4: Suffer The Consequences and the more recent Harry Potter & The Ceaseless Pain Of Eternal Damnation, funny-guy movie director...

  • Fantastic Mr Fox - DVD
    3.5 out of 5

    Fantastic Mr Fox - DVD

    By 26 February 2010

    Even though we here at Pocket-lint are coaxed into gleeful states of frothy delirium whenever technological advancements come into our purview, what’s equally heart-warming is that, rather than rendered past inventions as obsolete, such creations actually...

  • Jennifer’s Body - DVD
    3 out of 5

    Jennifer’s Body - DVD

    By 19 February 2010

    It’s been a lively time for teen flicks in the past few years, from the multiplex-gobbling Twilight to the wry Superbad, and films like Juno and Adventureland have shown that there’s plenty of reasons for those of us who don’t look like members...

  • Up - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    Up - DVD

    By 12 February 2010

    We could probably do this review in one short sentence: buy this DVD, schmucks.   But that would be unfair on you guys, plus my Editor may feel a bit short-changed. In truth, Up’s credentials are by now no secret or surprise, having hoovered up a vat...

  • Adventureland - DVD
    4 out of 5

    Adventureland - DVD

    By 5 February 2010

    Success in the Hollywood mainstream is often pretty much all about the maths – "from the people who brought you X" + "starring Y" x "vogue for Z" = smash. Here we have bloke behind Superbad, plus the girl from Twilight and the boy from Zombieland. Should...

  • Invention of Lying - DVD
    3 out of 5

    Invention of Lying - DVD

    By 29 January 2010

    God loves a trier, which is ironic when the trier in question is devout atheist Ricky Gervais. Never one to dwell on his achievements - both The Office and Extras refused to outstay their welcome - and after just a clutch of acting gigs stateside, his...

  • Mesrine: Public Enemy No.1 - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    Mesrine: Public Enemy No.1 - DVD

    By 22 January 2010

    Able to brush off plaudits like so much dandruff, French gangster opus Mesrine has already folk pointing at it, saying things like: "best crime flick since Scorsese, that is". The crime scene genre is hardly a field that’s starved of cinematic action,...

  • Funny People - DVD
    3 out of 5

    Funny People - DVD

    By 15 January 2010

    Having helped reclaim the teen comedy from the American Pie gross-out gang, 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow attempts to move into a smarter, more mature, but no less funny terrain with the over-reaching, yet still perfectly satisfactory...

  • District 9 - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    District 9 - DVD

    By 11 January 2010

    It’s suitably documented how Pavlov’s dog developed an innate response to repeated events, but did they stick around to see what happened when it got bored and sick of the sound of the bell? Was it ultimately able to fashion the "whatever" hand gesture...

  • Antichrist - DVD
    3 out of 5

    Antichrist - DVD

    By 8 January 2010

    Should there come a time that a film is released starring Dame Judi Dench, George Clooney and Nick Griffin as action heroes in a 3D costume drama period piece documentary written by Harold Shipman and Danny Dyer and directed by James Cameron, Michael...

  • The Hangover - DVD
    3.5 out of 5

    The Hangover - DVD

    By 11 December 2009

    Stag do, Vegas, booze, drugs, strippers, vomiting and the casting of Heather Graham - The Hangover boats a mighty number of signifiers that suggest that it was going for nothing nobler than the lowest common denominator. Which makes it all the more prop-worthy...

  • Inglourious Basterds - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    Inglourious Basterds - DVD

    By 4 December 2009

    After cashing in a few of his critical acclaim chips to spend a fair few years paying homage to scuzzy 42nd Street grindhouse scene, Quentin Tarantino turned to more viable genre territory with this stunning, textured and ballsy WW2 flick. Inglourious...

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - DVD
    3.5 out of 5

    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - DVD

    By 27 November 2009

    When film was in its infancy at the fag end of the 19th century, the mere sight of a train pulling into a station would supposedly reduce cinema-goers to spasms of hysteria, fearful that the thing would leap from the screen. We can act all smug about...

  • Terminator Salvation - DVD
    3 out of 5

    Terminator Salvation - DVD

    By 20 November 2009

    While Governer A. Schwarzenegger summons up all his legendary might and braces himself for battle with feisty eco-warriors over his inability to protect California’s salmon stock, the fate of the Terminator franchise now lies in the hands of bolshy...

  • Moon - DVD
    4 out of 5

    Moon - DVD

    By 13 November 2009

    The term reboot is one that’s becoming more and more familiar to film buffs, a frankly irritating high concept notion that implies Hollywood fat-cats seeking to wring the life out of franchises, rather than adhere to any noble creative impulse. Only...

  • Football Manager 2010 - Mac
    4.5 out of 5

    Football Manager 2010 - Mac

    By 10 November 2009

    Damn you, Sports Interactive. We’d just about managed to wean ourselves off FM09 and re-emerge into civilised society, one that doesn’t care about how well our under-18s did in the Youth Cup or whether a 4-2-3-1 formation is the way forward, when...

  • Public Enemies - DVD
    2.5 out of 5

    Public Enemies - DVD

    By 30 October 2009

    Director Michael Mann, he of Heat and Collateral glory, return for yet more tough guy hilarity with this old-school tale of guns, gals and gangsters The ever-reliable Johnny Depp ventures into a dark era of modern American history, playing John Dillinger,...

  • Drag Me To Hell - DVD
    3.5 out of 5

    Drag Me To Hell - DVD

    By 23 October 2009

    They say, well the non-biblical they, that the geeks shall inherit the earth – but it’s clear that the horror film directors among their number are already making serious headway. After making their name with their fanboy-chic low-budget horrors,...

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine - DVD
    3 out of 5

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine - DVD

    By 16 October 2009

    Hugh Jackman busts out his fulsome sideys for a fourth time, as the X-Men creative team attempt to discover if three films in a series really is the cut-off point before the rot sets in. Focusing on the pedicure-phobic firebrand, XMO:W delves into Logan’s...

  • Synecdoche, New York - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    Synecdoche, New York - DVD

    By 9 October 2009

    I’m worried about Charlie Kaufman. His films show such an unwillingness to adhere to the crushing universal guidelines that we all live under, basics like the laws of physics and the tedious linear rigidity of time, that I wonder that he might decide...

  • Crank: High Voltage - DVD
    4 out of 5

    Crank: High Voltage - DVD

    By 11 September 2009

    Jason Statham, I owe you an apology. I snarkily sneered every time I heard you utter the phrase: “Remember, you are not a salmon” in those Kit-Kat adverts. I was non-plussed as you carved out a cushty niche for yourself as Guy Ritchie’s main geezer....

  • Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle - DVD
    4.5 out of 5

    Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle - DVD

    By 4 September 2009

    The noble visitor to Pocket-lint, boasting a heightened awareness of the furtherment of technological accomplishment and a keen love of newness, may feel short-changed by me pushing a DVD of something that they may well have already watched for free,...

  • The Damned United - DVD
    3 out of 5

    The Damned United - DVD

    By 28 August 2009

    With sensible economic decisions being to the fore at the moment, actor Michael Sheen has got in on the act and offered us cineastes a two-for-one special offer. As British cinema’s number one exponent of character studies, here he’s offering his...