Sue Corsten

Sue Corsten is a film and TV make-up artist based in the UK.
Sue Corsten has written 57 posts for Everything Express

Movie Catch-up: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Another near-miss in the hunt for a Young Adult fantasy franchise, post-Twilight; this time it’s witches in South Carolina, closely adapted from the YA book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, in which star-crossed teenage lovers have to battle ancient curses and the in-laws from hell. Beautiful Creatures is fortunate to have two, er, beautiful … Continue reading

Review: Entourage (2015)

Comedy with no laughs, drama with no dramatic tension and satire that contains no criticism or comment on its subjects, Entourage is a vacuous, pointless, sexist parade of leering, letching and contempt for at least 50% of the population. This is Hollywood as the land of naked ambition and consumerism filled with shallow, vain, self-serving … Continue reading

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Sam Taylor-Johnson steers this knowingly hilarious, better than expected Mills and Bondage, adapted from the terrible E L James “best-seller” – somebody still needs to explain that to me – down a surprising feminist path. Two surprises; it’s not the anticipated exploitation movie, being rather coy about the S&M; and it’s not flat-out terrible; plus … Continue reading

Review: Outlander Season 1 (2014)

Remember that 80’s boy’s own warrior fantasy Highlander, with immortal Scot-tosh swordsman Christopher Lambert fighting down the ages to the mordern day? Now imagine that flipped around, and role-reversed so a fish-out-of-water British nurse from WWII lands in Stevenson’s Kidnapped as told from Katriona’s point of view. Producer Ronald D. Moore brings twin-period Brigadoon Galactica … Continue reading

Review: Taken 3 (2015)

I’ve seen it so you don’t have to: Liam Neeson’s latest addition to his modern day The Searchers franchise proves to be the cynical, money-making, watered-down, lowest-common denominator pop-corn fodder everyone said it would be. While the first Taken had a certain brutal post-Bourne, post-Ronin style glossing it’s very xenophobic, hunter-killer, mechanical, plot, and relying … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Hangover (2009)

The stag-do from hell; three groomsmen wake up in a Vegas hotel room; plus-one actual live tiger in the bathroom, plus-one six-month-old baby in the closet, minus-one missing groom. No one remembers what happened. I wish I could say the same. I’m still mad at the ‘friends’ who recommended this. A gratuitously profane, violent, racist, … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

Before American Hustle was David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, a rom-com-drama about life, love, loss and mental illness. Russell’s messy, semi-improv style, coarse script and star casting hides an immortal 1940’s plot-line, a will-they, won’t-they romance with added dance competition and anti-depressants. With it’s feel-good title, oddball hero, kookie leading lady, a football game, … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Holes (2003)

A few years ago someone at Disney – yes, Disney – decided a kids version of Cool Hand Luke infused with The Goonies and a dash of Shawshank Redemption would make a decent movie. So they set it in the desert, hired Signourney Weaver (Paul, Abduction) do do one of her cold villains, alongside a … Continue reading

Review: Postman Pat The Movie (2014)

Nieces. That’s my excuse for going to see this. So what’s the producers excuse for what they’ve done to a beloved childrens’ TV character? Why, when they make a feature length movie, do producers want to take the very thing they presumably paid a lot of money for the movie rights, then turn it into … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Covenant (2005)

Looking for the Twilight zone, all you get are testosterone-fuelled pretty boys snarling their way through a macho version of The Craft. Some impressive special effects can’t disguise the vacuous, sub-Supernatural script. Unintentionally comic, courtesy of ham-fisted Finnish demolition-meister Renny Harlin. Somewhere in Massachussets is the Ipswich Colony (which immediately destroys the movie for the Brits … Continue reading

Review: American Hustle (2013)

Some serious 70s hair and make up, but no Oscar nomination in that category, while The Hustle seems set to sweep all else before it. And like the director’s previous Silver Linings Playbook, it’s all a bit mad. David O. Russell’s trademark off-the-wall and off-kilter view of America is filtered through this ‘based on a … Continue reading

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