Thank God for Todd Philips. The Hangover franchise has heralded a new age of comedy for the 20-teens, digging us out from under all the Apatowian bromanticism that’s dominated Hollywood comedy since the early naughties.
Carrying on from the raunchy-but-sentimental Farrelly brothers tradition of films like There’s Something About Mary in the 1990s, Apatow’s tendency to focus on the revitalisation and maturation of homosocial relationships (mostly male-oriented, but less so recently) became the dominant paradigm for Hollywood comedy ever since, from Anchorman (2004) to Superbad (2007), and carried over in non-Apatow-directed films like I Love You, Man (John Hamburg, 2009) and Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011, which was produced by Apatow). READ MORE
Never let it be said that we at HI! neglect you. Here’s the trailer for the latest installment in the ever popular Superman franchise, starring Henry Cavill as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent/you know who.
Man of Steel will be released on June 14th 2013
The Name of the Doctor remains a secret as the mystery of the Impossible Girl is solved and an almighty cliffhanger lays the seeds of the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who in a disjointed series finale.
From “Gallifrey. A very long time ago…” and the First Doctor’s “borrowing” of the TARDIS to the battle-scarred world of Trenzalore and the final resting place of the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor is one of the most sweeping, ambitious and epic adventures that Doctor Who has attempted. For the most part it succeeds in atoning for the generally lacklustre Series 7b but there are still faults with the story that drag it down to a status of “pretty good” rather than “exceptional”. READ MORE
You may have gathered that Stephen Soderbergh’s film Behind the Candelabra is one of the films HI! is most looking forward to this Summer. As well as being the esteemed film-maker’s last ever film (or so he says), the film also marks a return to screen of Michael Douglas, who seems to be having nothing less than the time of his life playing Liberace, an icon of glitter, camp and gay in a time when gay performers were forced to conceal their sexuality, lest they lose everything they had worked so hard for. Also present: Matt Damon as his eighteen-year-old lover, Rob Lowe as his plastic surgeon and real-life-friend-of-Lib, Debbie Reynolds as his mum.
We’ve said it before but, seriously, this movie is gonna be killer. Enjoy the “Making Of” featurette above while you plan what to wear while watching it.
I love books. I’ve loved books since I was tiny and I’ll love books when I’m old. I love the feel of them in my hand, I love the smell of them and I love the turning of the pages. I love knowing how far into the book I am by simply placing the bookmark between two sheets and opening it with a twist. So, my introduction to the Kindle was one of trepidation. How could this little screen, not unlike tablet computers or iPads, possibly hold a candle to a real book? This gimmick will never take off. READ MORE
Simon Killer is the latest film from Antonio Campos, whose impressive and ever-growing resume includes many an art-house flick (examples include production credits on Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene and directorial credits on Afterschool). In the case of Simon Killer, Campos both co-wrote and directed the film, which revolves around college graduate Simon (Brady Corbet) who – after a recent and traumatic break-up – travels to Paris to take some time out. While in Paris, Simon becomes involved with a prostitute and the film charts their romantic involvement and its outcomes. READ MORE
Hello all and welcome to another week of Prick Up Your Ears! An indie heavy episode that may or may not drag you back to the heady days of Arcade Fire and Elbow, or then again might have you running away screaming, depending on your taste.
It was one of those days where I’d been lying in bed for that amount of time where there’s no point in actually getting out other than to forage for food in the kitchen and perhaps the odd flick through the Sky Channels only to discover that, yet again, there’s nothing actually on.
Basically, it was Sunday.
If I’m not working, these days are dedicated solely to eating, and endless scrolling on Tumblr.
HI! presents a run-down of the top music streaming services. READ MORE
It’s not quite holiday season yet. But if, like the majority of our readers, you live in England, it’s never holiday season. We haven’t had a proper summer in about two years, so you’re entitled to get the hell out of the country whenever you can.
Taking advantage of a cheap airline deal is a great idea – you can get to most of Europe for under £50. The only downside is the miniscule allowance of cabin luggage. I own make-up cases bigger than the average cabin bag. So how on earth are you supposed to stay looking glamorous on your hollibobs?
The answer is, of course, by planning ahead and being versatile. Yu can get a multitude of looks for both day and night with the minimum of tools.
- Foundation is unnecessary. If you’re going to warmer climes, the sun will dry up your spots and you’ll have glowing skin anyway. Why hide that? Grab some concealer if you must, but it’s just a waste of space and you’ll be sweating it off anyway.