Dominic Preston

Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld covering all things tech and gaming, Executive Editor at Outermode, and occasional freelancer on film, TV, videogames, food & drink, lifestyle and travel.

Digital Spy

9 movie corpses who totally stole the show

Daniel Radcliffe is jerking tears and dazzling the screen right now in the wonderful Swiss Army Man, where he plays a farting corpse. It's good to see that he's truly letting go of Harry Potter and taking himself seriously (but seriously – he's actually great in it). Here are some of cinema's other charismatic corpses (farting or otherwise) that proved you don't need a heartbeat to steal the show - and no, zombies don't count. Undoubtedly the big daddy of the (admittedly niche) corpse comedy g
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In praise of The Fly – the body horror that’s all in your head

Despite its venerable age, David Cronenberg’s The Fly remains the body horror to beat. Viewed today, it’s the film’s purity of purpose that stands out, the relentless commitment to breaking the human body down and putting it back together in all the ways it isn’t meant to be. It’s the platonic ideal of a body horror movie, a perfect 96 minutes of acid vomit and oozing flesh. And oh, the flesh. “You only know society’s straight line about the flesh,” Jeff Goldblum rants late on in the film. “You
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Is there still a place in Hollywood for puppets and practical effects?

It doesn’t take long for Tale of Tales, Matteo Garrone’s fairy tale triptych, to make clear that this isn’t just another fantasy film. As John C Reilly’s King of Longtrellis is sent on a quest to slay a sea monster, he doesn’t strap on glistening armour in a quick-cut montage or sail out into a whirling CGI storm. Instead, he slowly wades underwater in an old-fashioned diving suit (positively futuristic by the standards of the otherwise Baroque setting). Murky water obscures our view of the sce
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Toby Jones interview: 'It felt very un-American' - Candid Magazine

If you’ve seen any major, mainstream sci-fi or fantasy movie in the last decade, there are good odds you’ve seen Toby Jones. He’s boasted roles in the Harry Potter, Captain America, and Hunger Games series, not to mention small screen roles on Doctor Who, Wayward Pines, and an upcoming villainous turn on Sherlock. Through all that, he’s also carefully cultivated a sideline in more introspective independent fare, like Peter Strickland’s giallo horror throwback Berberian Sound Studio, or the poeti
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The Weird, Wonderful Worlds of Studio Ghibli - Candid Magazine

Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli released what looks uncomfortably like its final film in Japan in July 2014. Next week, almost two years later, When Marnie Was There reaches UK shores, but it’s far from the only Ghibli game in town. Instead, it’s got all 19 of the studio’s other productions up against it, as distributor StudioCanal celebrates 30 years of Ghibli with a comprehensive retrospective season, Studio Ghibli Forever. There are a lot of hallmarks of the quintessential Ghibli film
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Designing High-Rise with Mark Tildesley

It’s hard to imagine what the typical workday is like for Mark Tildesley. During a career that’s stretched over more than twenty-five years he’s designed the gleaming scifi of Sunshine, the urban collapse of 28 Days Later, and the pot-tinged, high-fantasy of Your Highness, breaking it up with more realist work like 24 Hour Party People or the upcoming Trainspotting sequel. And that’s not even counting his theatre work, or contributions to the London Olympics’ opening ceremony.
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Fifty Years that Changed the Future of Design: The Legacy of Star Trek

It will have been fifty years this September since Kirk, Spock and the crew of the USS Enterprise first burst onto TV screens, forever changing pop culture, science fiction and the baffling career of William Shatner. It’d be hard to entirely estimate the impact the franchise has had across its five TV series and twelve films to date (soon to be thirteen, when Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond arrives in July) —from featuring US television’s first ever interracial kiss to inspiring the development of real-life versions of its finest fictional tech, it has shaped the modern world more than it might seem. But forget the present, it’s also all but defined our vision of the future.
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Kate Beckinsale interview: 'I did a little PhD in Jane Austen' - Candid Magazine

It’s possible that Kate Beckinsale has been a bit undersold by a career so far dominated by the likes of four entries in the Underworld franchise (with a fifth on the way) and a few recent duds like the Total Recall remake or last year’s Absolutely Anything. Or at least, that’s the immediate feeling one’s struck with a few minutes into Love & Friendship, when it becomes clear that Beckinsale has turned out the sort of astonishing, tour de force performance many of us might have forgotten she was
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Everybody Wants Some!! review: Infectiously enthusastic - Candid Magazine

There’s a rather cunning use of exclamation marks in the title of Everybody Wants Some!! – it becomes impossible to discuss the film without sounding rampantly enthusiastic, no matter what you’re saying. Just try it. “I was a bit bored by Everybody Wants Some!!” It doesn’t work – who’s ever sounded that excited by their own boredom? Thankfully, it’s a tricky tactic that the film doesn’t mean – it comes bundled with its own infectious enthusiasm, an effervescent energy that’s hard to resist. Ric
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Lucile Hadzihalilovic interview: 'The adult world is something mysterious' - Candid Magazine

Lucile Hadzihalilovic isn’t exactly a household name – and not just because most of us wouldn’t be quite sure how to pronounce it. The French director (the name’s Bosnian though, in case that had you confused) has only made two feature films: 2004’s Innocence, a cryptic tale of an isolated girls’ boarding school; and now Evolution, an equally cryptic exploration of a community of young boys raised solely by women in a coastal village, as something rather unsettling lurks beneath the surface.