Michael Leader

Michael Leader is a chocolate digestive-powered writer living in South London. He frequently gets excited about films, comics and video games, and has written about them for Den of Geek since 2009. He is Deputy Editor of Film4.com.

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Recent articles by Michael Leader

This Must Be The Place review

Michael Leader Review Apr 2, 2012

Sean Penn stars as a 50-something Goth in director Paolo Sorrentino’s English language film, This Must Be The Place. Here’s Michael’s review...

Joss Whedon interview: The Cabin In The Woods, The Avengers, Shakespeare and more

Michael Leader Interview Mar 29, 2012

Ahead of The Cabin In The Woods’ UK release, it was a pleasure to meet co-writer Joss Whedon to talk about that film, The Avengers, and much more...

A Man’s Story review

Michael Leader Review Mar 12, 2012

The career of fashion designer Ozwald Boateng is chronicled in A Man’s Story, a new documentary from Varon Bonicos. Here’s Michael’s review of a flawed film...

Joss Whedon on The Avengers: "Marvel really did let me make my own film"

Joss Whedon
Michael Leader News Mar 9, 2012

Exclusive: Joss Whedon tells us, while promoting The Cabin In The Woods, that Marvel was a hands-off parent with The Avengers movie...

Looking back at Ridley Scott's Legend

Michael Leader News Feb 29, 2012

Director Ridley Scott followed up Blade Runner with the fantastical whimsy of Legend. Michael looks back at Scott’s cult fantasy...

Tom Hiddleston interview: The Avengers, War Horse, Greek mythology and more

Michael Leader Interview Jan 16, 2012

We caught up with Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, to talk about War Horse, The Avengers, and his love of Greek mythology...

Kathleen Kennedy interview: War Horse, Lincoln, Studio Ghibli, Jurassic Park 4 & more

Michael Leader Interview Jan 12, 2012

As War Horse arrives in UK cinemas, we caught up with producer Kathleen Kennedy to talk about Spielberg sequels, Hollywood and much more...

Film Of The Year 2011: Drive

Michael Leader News Dec 20, 2011

In a year packed full of great movies, Drive emerged as our absolute favourite. Here’s Michael to explain why it’s Den Of Geek’s number one film of 2011...

War Horse review

Michael Leader Review Dec 20, 2011

The Great War seen through the eyes of a heroic nag from Devon. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, Michael writes, in his review of Spielberg’s War Horse...

Take Shelter review

Michael Leader Review Nov 24, 2011

Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star in Jeff Nichols' apocalyptic drama, Take Shelter. Here's Michael's review of a brilliantly acted film...

Nick Murphy interview: directing The Awakening, ghost stories and more

Michael Leader Interview Nov 8, 2011

With the stylish British chiller The Awakening out in cinemas on Friday, we caught up with director Nick Murphy to discuss the film’s making...

Batman: Arkham City: lead narrative designer Paul Crocker interview

Michael Leader Interview Nov 4, 2011

With Rocksteady providing another superb Batman game with Arkham City, we caught up with narrative designer Paul Crocker to discuss its making...

Batman: Arkham City: art director David Hego interview

Michael Leader Interview Oct 27, 2011

To mark the launch of Batman: Arkham City, we met art director David Hego to talk about its visuals, and its controversial depiction of Catwoman...

London Film Festival reviews: Like Crazy, We Have A Pope and Bernie

Michael Leader Review Oct 25, 2011

As the London Film Festival draws to a close, Michael returns with a look at three films that may be worth your attention...

We Need To Talk About Kevin review

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michael Leader Review Oct 21, 2011

Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller both give exceptional performances in the film of Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin. Here's our review.

360 review

Michael Leader Review Oct 14, 2011

It’s the latest film from respected City Of God director Fernando Meirelles. But don’t expect great things from 360, Michael warns...

13 films you can still see at the London Film Festival

Michael Leader News Oct 12, 2011

The London Film Festival’s now in full swing, so Michael’s provided a handy guide to what you can still get to see over the next few days...

Midnight In Paris review

Midnight In Paris
Michael Leader Review Oct 6, 2011

Woody Allen's most successful film ever at the US box office arrives in the UK. So: is Midnight In Paris any good?

The deserved rise of Ryan Gosling

Michael Leader News Sep 6, 2011

Ryan Gosling’s come a long way since the Mickey Mouse Club. Ahead of the release of Drive, Michael charts the actor’s career so far...

Looking back at Days Of Heaven

Michael Leader News Sep 1, 2011

To remind us that director Terrence Malick’s work has always been divisive, along comes a BFI reissue of his 1978 film, Days Of Heaven. Michael takes a look back...

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