Films that Surprisingly Fail the Bechdel Test
Apr 2012 24

Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? It’s a test devised by Susan Bechdel that really exposes just how male-dominated films and television can be. If you can’t be bothered to read the paragraph about it on wikipedia, check out the comic to the right:

Since I’m a bloke, I was aware of this gender-bias, but was probably not as keenly aware of it as I could be. Bechdel’s simple rules succinctly expose just how unintentionally sexist (giving them the benefit of the doubt here) most films or TV programs can be. Once you know this rule, you’ll watch films and TV shows from a completely different angle. And once you go down that road, it tends to open up a can o’ worms of debate, rage and counter-punches, but gender issues in modern media can be a very interesting and vital topic, from a male or female perspective.

Film School Rejects has put together a list of 10 films that surprisingly fail the Bechdel Test, but be warned: and once you’ve read it, you can’t un-see it, and we at RBT and the good people over at FSR accept no liability for your favourite films suddenly becoming instruments of the doctrine of a sexist, bile-spouting masculine hegemony…

Read the article here.



Apr 2012 28

‘This is 40’ Looks like you may have to be close to the age or have kids to really connect with it but as the population is getting older I’m sure it will find the right audiences funny bones.

Avengers Assemble Review
Apr 2012 29

In the UK we were lucky enough to get the new Avengers film before our cousins across the pond, a rare but welcome occurrence.  Everything about this film is huge, a reported budget of $220 million dollars, the good guys are all buffed up, the Alien invaders have some big ass ships/creatures, the Hulk and of course the pressure for it not to suck!

After Disney lost somewhere in the region of $300 million dollars on John Carter (of Mars) all eyes will have been on the big Marvel movie Superhero movie and its director.  The choice of director (Joss Whedon) may have been a bit of a surprise if you were not aware of his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Doll House and his X-Men comic writing credits.  In my mind he is a more obvious choice than that of Kenneth Branagh who directed Thor, which was mediocre at best.  Mr Whedon clearly knows the material well and in my mind has succeeded were many have failed in the past, simply understanding what audiences want to see and hear from a superhero movie.

The plot is a simple premise really, Loki Thor’s goth styled younger (adopted) brother is hell bent on taking over the world by opening a portal to another world providing access for an invading alien army.  The Avengers consisting of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, The Black Widow and Hawkeye (Not called Hawkeye in this film for some reason, probably to avoid the purple costume.) have to stop him.

The film builds in the way you would expect with them introducing the heroes one at a time and then watching them interact.  Things don’t go smoothly at first as you may expect with characters who are used to working alone and not taking orders.  This gives the audience the treat of seeing the likes of Thor and the Hulk going head to head or fist to hammer in this case.  Once they have a reason to work together the real fun starts and the last 30 minutes are pure popcorn action heaven.

The dialogue and the action are first rate, Joss Whedon deserves an award for keeping the whole thing moving at a nice pace.  I can’t really remember over the 2hours 20 ever feeling twitchy for the next piece of action.

Overall the best of the Marvel superhero movies to date, the perfect summer blockbuster.

Apr 2012 29

With the weather in the UK showing no sign of getting any better, It was suggested to me to put up a list of my top 5 rainy day films.  So here it is:


1. Back to the Future



2. The Princess Bride



3. Ghostbusters



4. Brewster’s Millions



5. Trading Places



I think this list says a lot about my age, but hey it is my list not yours!

Expendables 2 Trailer
May 2012 03

When I was 12 I think I would have literally exploded at the thought of this film!


May 2012 08

I liked his last directing effort ‘The Town’ and I have to say from this trailer this looks like it could be even better!

May 2012 08


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I wasn’t sure this was going to be very good considering the change of Director and lead actor, this trailer has given me a little more faith about the future of the franchise.  We have to remember Spiderman is a big business, the first in the Rami/Maguire trilogy had the highest grossing opening weekend in history.  I’m sure there is a lot of pressure on the new film to deliver similar figures on its opening weekend.  This should be achievable with the record breaking success of the summers other big Marvel picture ‘The Avengers’.  Only time will tell how well the Web slingers new outing will fair at the box office, but it sure looks a lot of fun.

May 2012 10

Not sure how this one slipped by me, but it did.  I love gangster films and this is one hell of a cast list.  Lets hope it lives up to expectations.

May 2012 21
Anchorman 2 Teaser!
Jun 2012 03

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