5 of the best: Cinematic Friendships

1. Han Solo and Chewbacca  The landscape of modern film is riddled with weird and wacky friendships, but none quite so unusual as that shared by Han and Chewie. The terrible twosome let race and language be no barrier to true camaraderie, with Chewie’s incoherent ramblings prompting amusing banter from Solo in response. The cool, […]

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Not so Epic

Normally, it feels slightly off to begin reviewing a film with the synopsis, but the plot itself is by far the least interesting aspect of Epic. A teenage girl who refers to herself as MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) visits her eccentric father, who maintains a detrimental belief in supernatural beings in the forest surrounding […]

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Jolie well done, Angelina

Despite the prestigious TV Baftas and 66th Cannes film festival both taking place last week, more media coverage was given to the announcement of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy. The actress and UN ambassador underwent a reported nine hours of surgery in order to reduce her chances of developing either breast or […]

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Closing time for The Office

I’m going to warn you. You can’t say I didn’t. I just think it’s important to let you know from the outset. This week, my column is going to be different than in previous weeks. Less of the usual five or six whimsical, mildly informative paragraphs about US comedy; more a heartbroken diatribe. I’m basically […]

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Star Trek: Make changes and prosper

When reviving a franchise in this day and age, studios seem to have two different concerns that they often attempt to address.  They want the film to be embraced by the pre-existing fanbase, but also need it to be approachable and engaging enough to attract unfamiliar moviegoers to the material.  The former provides credibility, and […]

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The smallest film in the world

Surprisingly, the most talked about movie this week was not Iron Man 3, or J.J. Abrams’ latest navigation on the USS Enterprise.  In fact, it was not even made with the help of a Hollywood studio.  But it may change the way we define what constitutes cinema. As reported by Jason Palmer of BBC News, […]

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Top 5: Sci Fi Films ever

We’ve just had Star Wars day (4th May), and sci-fi is certainly in the atmosphere at the moment, with several out-of-this world releases rocketing onscreen (Star Trek, Iron Man 3, etc.). Time to time-warp and take a glance at five of the genres’ best: Star Wars (1977)  A long time ago in a galaxy far, […]

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Broadchurch conclusion is no killer

Last week saw the culmination of one of the biggest hits in ITV’s recent history, as nine million tuned in to discover the killer of Danny Latimer in the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch. Although it seems many tuned in to confirm their suspicions of Danny Latimer, given that odds were slashed throughout the preceding […]

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F#!k film censorship

With the release of the remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, it’s worth reflecting on the reaction to the original in 1983 and its relevance today. The original Evil Dead was made as gruesome as possible without any fear or forethought of censorship. The censors, wielding the draconian 1984 Video Recordings Act, banned the […]

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