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

Blood Stone 007 preview and interview

Michael Leader Interview Sep 17, 2010

We got a chance to get our hands on Bizarre Creations' eagerly anticipated James Bond game, Blood Stone 007, as well as a chat with level designer Peter Collier...

Adam McKay interview: The Other Guys, action comedy, Michael Moore and Will Ferrell

Michael Leader Interview Sep 16, 2010

As Adam McKay’s action-comedy, The Other Guys, hits the big screen, we caught up with the director to chat about the making of the film...

Tamara Drewe review

Michael Leader Review Sep 9, 2010

Gemma Arterton takes the title role in Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe. And, as Michael discovers, it's something of a treat...

10 films to look out for at the Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Film Festival 2010
Michael Leader News Sep 9, 2010

With London’s Raindance Film Festival set to begin at the end of the month, Michael provides a run-down of ten movies worth keeping an eye on…

Certified Copy review

Michael Leader Review Sep 5, 2010

Juliette Binoche won an award for Best Actress at Cannes for her role in Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, a subtle meditation on mortality and humanity. Here’s Michael’s review…

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid review

Michael Leader Review Aug 25, 2010

Michael reviews Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, a family comedy about the tribulations of school life…

Scott Pilgrim press conference: stunts, comic books, Ant-Man and more

Michael Leader News Aug 23, 2010

Ahead of the release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Michael caught up with the cast and director to discuss the making of the film, and Edgar Wright’s forthcoming Ant-Man…

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II hands-on and Sam Witwer interview

Michael Leader Interview Aug 16, 2010

2008’s The Force Unleashed was the biggest selling Star Wars game yet, despite mixed reviews. Can its sequel improve on its predecessor? Michael finds out…

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World review

Michael Leader Review Aug 13, 2010

Can Edgar Wright's take on Scott Pilgrim Vs The World live up to the marketing hype built up around it? Michael went to find out...

Bruce Feirstein interview: James Bond, Blood Stone and modernising GoldenEye

Bruce Feirstein
Michael Leader Interview Aug 2, 2010

We caught up with 007 screenwriter Bruce Feirstein to talk about the forthcoming Blood Stone and GoldenEye remake, and Ian Fleming too...

Down Terrace review

Michael Leader Review Jul 30, 2010

A cracking British gangster film that's crying out to be seen, Michael checks out Down Terrace...

On set with Sherlock

Michael Leader News Jul 23, 2010

Michael got to visit the set of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' incoming Sherlock. And here's his report...

Goemon review

Michael Leader Review Jul 22, 2010

Is it possible to make an historical movie epic that isn’t turgid and dull? Not in the case of Goemon, says Michael....

Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman interview

Sherlock and Watson - Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Michael Leader Interview Jul 22, 2010

In the second of our Sherlock interviews, we chat to its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman about playing such iconic roles…

Why Martin Freeman beat Matt Smith to the role of Watson in Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes - Matt Smith
Michael Leader News Jul 21, 2010

Martin Freeman may be playing Watson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, but another well-known actor also auditioned for the role…

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss interview: Sherlock

Michael Leader Interview Jul 21, 2010

Ahead of Sunday night's airing of Sherlock, we interview creators Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss about updating Conan Doyle's classic stories…

Darla K Anderson interview: Toy Story 3, Pixar, test screening and sequels

Michael Leader Interview Jul 20, 2010

Toy Story 3 producer Darla K Anderson talks to us about the pressures of Pixar, Toy Story 3 and the growing strength of the competition...

Lee Unkrich interview: Pixar, Toy Story 3, sequels and scary characters

Michael Leader Interview Jul 20, 2010

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich talks about Disney's aborted attempt to make Toy Story 3, tackling sequels, colour and creepy toys...

Sam Witwer interview: Being Human USA

Michael Leader Interview Jul 12, 2010

We catch up with one of the stars of the American remake of Being Human, Mr Sam Witwer...

Capitalism: A Love Story DVD review

Michael Leader Review Jun 30, 2010

Michael Moore's latest feature, Capitalism: A Love Story focuses on the evils of the world's economic systems. Michael Leader checks it out…