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.

Recent articles by Michael Leader

Mark Ruffalo interview: The Avengers, fan reactions, and playing The Hulk in six more movies

Michael Leader Interview
Apr 25, 2012

In an enlightening interview, actor Mark Ruffalo chats about playing Banner in The Avengers, fan opinion, and the possibility of six more Hulk movies...

The Avengers: Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson on working with Joss Whedon

Michael Leader News
Apr 25, 2012

At a recent junket for The Avengers, stars Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson spoke to us about working with writer-director Joss Whedon...

Whit Stillman interview: Damsels In Distress, economical budgets and more

Michael Leader Interview
Apr 25, 2012

Ahead of the release of his latest film, Damsels In Distress, Michael met with writer and director Whit Stillman to talk about his work...

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...

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