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Mark Birrell

Mark Birrell

Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, and lifelong cinephile, who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University of London. You can follow him on Twitter @markwbirrell
Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, and lifelong cinephile, who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University of London. You can follow him on Twitter @markwbirrell


Articles by Mark Birrell

Pound for Pound: Is “Pacific Rim Uprising” one of the worst sequels ever made?

By Mark Birrell July 20, 2018

We stack Pacific Rim Uprising up against its progenitor, comparing it in all fields, and the results don’t quite sync up. I wasn’t a particularly big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim when it first came out but, over the years and like with most of del Toro’s films, I’ve come to appreciate it for what […]

“Terminal” is even worse than it looks

By Mark Birrell July 4, 2018

Margot Robbie, Max Irons, Mike Myers, Simon Pegg and more inhabit Terminal; a teenage wet dream of half-baked philosophy and unearned confidence. Writer and director Vaughn Stein’s crime thriller (?) packs a host of stars in its ensemble and it’s pretty safe to say that each and every one of them underperforms in relation to their […]

“Gotti” is to The Godfather what microwave pizza is to Italian cuisine

By Mark Birrell July 3, 2018

John Travolta finally completes his transformation into a Mike Myers character in the memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons Gotti. If you’re anything like me, you will have only heard of Gotti (the film, not the man) due to its quite enjoyably terrible marketing campaign which sprang up in the wake of the dreaded 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and reports that […]

The 10 Best Found Footage Films of the Past Decade

By Mark Birrell June 17, 2018

We pick out the best films from the past decade that have excelled in the boundaries of the “found footage” style. It’s not a genre that everyone likes and, even if you do, it often takes a lot more than it gives. People tend to exploit the style for its low-cost/high-yield potential but a talented […]

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