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

Kill List interview: director Ben Wheatley, plus stars Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring

Michael Leader Interview Aug 30, 2011

With the terrifying Kill List out this week in UK cinemas, we caught up with director Ben Wheatley and stars to discuss the making of the film...

The Skin I Live In review

Michael Leader Review Aug 25, 2011

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar returns with a stylish thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya. Here's Michael's review of Michael Leader...

Kill List review

Michael Leader Review Aug 24, 2011

Director Ben Wheatley follows up the superb Down Terrace with the intense and disturbing horror, Kill List. Here's Michael's review...

Villain review

Michael Leader Review Aug 18, 2011

Acclaimed Japanese drama Villain enjoys a limited release in UK cinemas. Here’s Michael’s review of a flawed yet thought-provoking film...

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: interview with Rupert Wyatt and Dan Lemmon

Michael Leader Interview Aug 12, 2011

With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes out now, we enjoyed a round-table discussion with director Rupert Wyatt and effects supervisor Dan Lemmon...

A Better Life review

Michael Leader Review Jul 29, 2011

Illegal immigrant drama A Better Life arrives in the UK. And here's what we thought of it...

Mike Mills interview: writing and directing Beginners, and working with Ewan McGregor

Michael Leader Interview Jul 20, 2011

As his latest film Beginners arrives in cinemas, we caught up with writer and director Mike Mills to talk about the making of the film...

Holy Rollers review

Michael Leader Review Jul 8, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg stars in the indie comedy, Holy Rollers. Unfortunately, his star presence fails to lift a mediocre film, Michael writes...

Jesse Eisenberg interview: Holy Rollers, Zombieland 2, and working with Wes Craven

Michael Leader Interview Jul 6, 2011

We caught up for a chat with Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg to talk about Holy Rollers, out this week, and much, much more...

Life In A Day review

Michael Leader Review Jun 17, 2011

An ambitious documentary from director Kevin Macdonald, Life In A Day offers a snapshot of life on Earth seen through the lens of its inhabitants. Here’s Michael’s review...

Looking back at Apocalypse Now

Michael Leader News May 26, 2011

As it gets a re-release in UK cinemas, Michael celebrates the story behind the outstanding Apocalypse Now...

Matthew Vaughn interview: X-Men: First Class, Thor, Hollywood, James Bond, Take That and more

Michael Leader Interview May 26, 2011

Mathew Vaughn very candidly chats about making X-Men: First Class, the mechanics of Hollywood, how he could have directed Marvel's Thor, and much, much more...

Matthew Vaughn gives Kick-Ass 2 update

Michael Leader News May 24, 2011

As his latest film, X-Men: First Class arrives in UK cinemas, director Matthew Vaughn has revealed to us the state of play of Kick-Ass 2…

X-Men: First Class spoiler-free verdict

Michael Leader News May 21, 2011

We're not allowed to bring you our full X-Men: First Class review yet. But we have got the green light to tell you what it's like...

That’s What I Am review

Michael Leader Review May 20, 2011

A film produced by WWE that's got nothing to do with wrestling, That's What I Am stars Ed Harris. But is it any good?

Joe Cornish interview: Attack The Block, monster design and British sci-fi on a budget

Michael Leader Interview May 9, 2011

As his directorial debut Attack The Block arrives in cinemas, we met with Joe Cornish to chat about the making of the film...

Hanna review

Hanna
Michael Leader Review May 6, 2011

Director Joe Wright switches from drama to high octane action with Hanna. Here’s Michael’s review of a stylish yet uneven thriller…

Attack The Block review

Michael Leader Review Apr 27, 2011

It's War Of The Worlds with hoodies. It's writer and director Joe Cornish's Attack The Block, and it's rather fabulous. Here's Michael's review...

Falling Skies episode 1 review: The Armoury

Michael Leader Review Apr 15, 2011

The first episode of Falling Skies was screened at Kapow! Comic Con in London last weekend. And here's what Michael thought...

Cold Weather review

Michael Leader Review Apr 15, 2011

There's a lot to be said for charm and good characters. Cold Weather has no shortage of either...

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