About FMV Magazine…
Founded by professional writers with a real passion for their subject-matter, FMV is your one-stop call for all the latest news, reviews and features in the worlds of movies, music and games.
We aim to bring you entertaining and informative articles, combining humorous and accessible style with intelligent and knowledgeable analysis. Our team think high-brow, but without the snobbery.
We also look to bring you exclusive, compelling interviews with film stars and directors, bands and singers, and key players in the video game industry. FMV’s writers use a flowing, narrative style rather than a simple Q&A format, but avoid the self-indulgent, self-referential waffle employed by certain broadsheet critics.
FMV is a fully-independent site that brings honest criticism, insightful opinion and fascinating facts together in an effort to give you the most comprehensive low-down on three whole worlds of entertainment, all under one roof.
At FMV we are firm but fair. Every film, album and game is reviewed based on its own merits and within the context of the wider genre to which it belongs.
You will never see us rubbishing a movie “because it’s a rom-com”, or dismissing a band’s debut effort “because we don’t like acid-jazz”. Instead, the overriding question we seek to answer can be summed-up as: ‘Is this a good, bad or merely average example of its genre?’
Reviews will of course take the form of a writer’s own opinions and impressions and as such are inevitably subjective, but we take great pains to ensure that we are basing our final judgement on generally accepted ‘objective’ measures too. For example, when discussing a video game factors such as technical performance, gameplay mechanics and difficulty curve are always going to be crucial to consider.
We utilise a 5-Star scale for review scores, with each full rating corresponding to the following criteria:
***** As perfect as it is possible to get. This will almost certainly stand as a classic of its genre, and combines sublime execution with original, exceptional flair – surpassing expectations with extraordinary touches that may evoke profound emotional impact, or a sense of awe.
**** An excellent example of its genre, suffering some minor flaws but ultimately too entertaining or impressive for these to create much of a problem. It may lack the original touches needed to make it a true classic, but it is a terrific piece of work nonetheless.
*** A solid, above-average example of its genre. It may be hampered by a number of mis-steps in conception or execution, but on balance has significant entertainment-value or positive attributes in its favour.
** A mediocre, below-average example of its genre. It is likely to suffer from some major flaws in conception or execution, but has the odd redeeming feature that renders it uninspiring and disappointing, rather than completely worthless.
* A terrible example of its genre. Wracked by major flaws and impossible to appreciate in any sense – with no redeeming features on hand to prevent it from being an unbearable, unmitigated disaster.
We also award half-stars at FMV, signalling that a creation’s merit lies somewhere between the scores above. For example, a 21/2 star rating on this site indicates that something is completely, dead-on average.
Meet The Team
Mark Butler, Co-founder and Editor
A freelance arts and entertainment journalist, Mark has been a film buff, music lover and video game fanatic for as long as he can recall. He has been reviewing movies, albums and games, and interviewing actors and bands, for several years. He has also written a book on the history of video game horror – a subject very dear to his heart.
Favourite Films: Aliens, Sunshine, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Favourite Music: Muse, British Sea Power, Pink Floyd
Favourite Video Games: Fallout 3, Final Fantasy VII, Metro 2033
Leon Nicholson, Co-founder and Editor
A film reviewer for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leon has been in love with film… forever. Brought up on a staple diet of Golden Harvest and Shaw Brothers Kung-Fu movies, westerns and anything by Clint Eastwood, this has now evolved into an almost unhealthy obsession. He has covered various film festivals and interviewed some of the UK’s favourite stars, as well as many up-and-coming actors.
Favourite Films: Once Upon A Time In The West, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Léon
Favourite Music: Michael Jackson, Crazy P, and a little known group called Salsa Celtica
Favourite Video Games: Football Manager Series, Tekken, Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe
Dave McConkey, Columnist and Writer
Author of FMV’s no-holds-barred gaming column ‘Mad Mack’ and a video game reviewer for the site, Dave can always be relied upon to voice his opinions furiously, entertainingly, and loudly. His first experience with games on discs with the Mega CD was his first taste of real disappointment in his life, and has contributed towards his ever increasing levels of pathos and disdain to this day.
Favourite Films: Aliens, Sling Blade, 13 Assassins
Favourite Music: Dream Theatre, Antony and the Johnsons, 80s cheese metal/rock
Favourite Games: X-Com, Half-Life, Halo, Deus Ex, Starcraft, Mass Effect 2
Dan Jenko, Columnist and Writer
A young freelancer with a love of video games and a distinct taste in music, Dan pens the weekly ‘Unsung Rock’ column and is keen to unearth the next Beatles or Rolling Stones one day.
Favourite Films: Vantage Point, Four Lions, Inception
Favourite Music: The Killers, Sound Of Guns, Muse
Favourite Video Games: Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted, Portal 2
Kane Fulton, Writer
Contributing to both the music and video game sections of the site, Kane has been playing the guitar since the age of 12 and writing almost as long. He holds a keen interest in new bands, as well as everything technology-related.
Favourite Films: The Social Network, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Terminator 2
Favourite Music: Interpol, Bjork, Muse
Favourite Video Games: Final Fantasy VII, Half-Life, Trackmania: Nations United
Jonathan Szafran, Writer
A freelance video game journalist, Jonathan’s passion for gaming began at a young age with classics such as The Legend Of Zelda and Super Metroid. He is the host of the Red Ring Brigade Radio podcast; a show discussing video game and film news. Jonathan currently lives in New York with his wife, Lisa.
Favourite Films: The Crow, Aliens, The Dark Knight
Favourite Music: Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots
Favourite Video Games: Shadow of the Colossus, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Jacques Voller, Writer
Armed with a knowledgeable enthusiasm for exploring the complex and evolving relationship between movies and games, Jacques is a film and media student who has been watching movies and playing games for as long as he can remember.
Favourite Films: The Dark Knight, Senna, Zombieland
Favourite Video Games: Uncharted 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, Borderlands