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Mark Birrell

Mark Birrell

Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, film-blogger and lifelong cinephile who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University Of London.
Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, film-blogger and lifelong cinephile who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University Of London.


Articles by Mark Birrell

“Justice League” reignites the colourful campness that made DC champions

By Mark Birrell November 18, 2017

DC turns up the noise, the colour and the action to make Justice League a short, sweet and pleasantly surprising early Christmas treat. It’s been four years since Zack Snyder’s overcharged iteration of Superman, quite literally, exploded onto our screens and, if truth be told, it’s felt a lot longer. In that time, the so-called […]

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a big, boisterous, beguiling mess

By Mark Birrell November 4, 2017

Taika Waititi’s franchise threequel is brimming with colour, and his trademark exuberance, but is it enough to shake off the corporate fatigue? Of all of Marvel Studio’s intersecting franchises, the Thor series has been perhaps its most interesting. Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean aplomb added a dimension to the performances that Marvel Studios is only rarely ever capable […]

“Happy Death Day” is infinitely awful garbage

By Mark Birrell November 3, 2017

Like the concept of perpetual hell, Happy Death Day bludgeons its audience with cliches and ham-fisted writing before starting the torture all over again. As anyone who’s ever counted themselves as a horror fan will be able to tell you, it’s an exasperating genre. Its highs are incomparable but the vast majority of its experimentation ends in […]

“Blade Runner 2049” is a perfect replication of originality

By Mark Birrell October 7, 2017

Though it does not try to reinvent the wheel, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is an idiosyncratic, and captivating, cinematic experience. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about our culture that’s driven us to the point where we feel so incapable of just letting things go that we’ve made a sequel to Blade […]

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