UK Cinema

50 Shades of Meh: 'Insurgent' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The latest chapter in the Divergent series is a film of two halves. The first has all the appeal of wandering around one of those abandoned concrete-filled cities due for demolition.

11 Things We Choose to Ignore About 'The Sound of Music'

Dawn Kofie | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dawn Kofie

It's easy to see why we're still enjoying the tale of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp and his unruly brood half a century after its debut. Cosy and corny as it may be, the film touches on all the timeless biggies: identity, belonging, desire versus duty, good versus evil and age versus youth.

China

Daniel Lightwing | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

X plus Y does a great job of mirroring some of my own feelings. I can easily relate to the socially awkward young Nathan, away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar land. In the true story, one major difference is that I was interested in China since long before the maths competitions. It started at about the age of 13 when I started reading Chinese novels.

Unlikely Coming Of Age Movies

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

I'm currently exploring coming of age films for my film festival The Bechdel Test Fest which has got me thinking about how we understand the world though the university of Hollywood. When asking myself - what have I learnt through cinema?

Whatever, Whenever. Content on your terms

Andrew Denham | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

I have watched far too many episodes of 24 in one go (although not quite 24!). It's not at all surprising that people prefer this season-at-a-time approach, as it puts the control in the hands of the viewer.

Film Reviews - Suite Francaise & X+Y

Clive Botting | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Suite Francaise', based on Irene Nemirovsky's best selling novel explores a legacy that still haunts France - denunciations, collaboration and forbidden love during the German occupation.

The Duke of Burgundy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Released within a few weeks of that other S and M bonanza, 50 Shades of Grey, this is light years ahead of the slick competition... The best film of the first quarter of 2015.

The Glasgow Film Festival 2015: A Force to be Reckoned With

Tom Linay | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

This year's Glasgow Film Festival again confirmed that one of the best cities in the UK has one of the best film festivals. Now in its 11th year, the festival drew to a close on Sunday evening with the UK premiere of Ruben Östlund's Cannes-winning Force Majeure.

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

What happens if you mix classic British sitcom Waiting For God with Slumdog Millionaire? You get a bittersweet comedy with a Bollywood feel, aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

'Focus' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Okay, it's not as clever as some of the best episodes of Hustle or classic movie The Sting, but it looked terrific, the leads were magnetic and there were some splendid scenes.

Film Reviews - 'Catch Me Daddy' and 'White God'

Clive Botting | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Catch Me Daddy', the UK directorial feature debut from Daniel & Matthew Wolfe with honour killing as it's theme is ambitious, stunning and gripping cinema. Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' is a unique, bizarre, audacious and extraordinary tale of a canine uprising on the streets of Budapest.

Blackhat - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.

An 80's Flashback.

Danielle Wood | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Wood

Here is my take on a few treasured 80's films for all occasions; dismal Sunday afternoons or your average Tuesday night. They are guaranteed to set your watch back to a time when Nike Air tops were fresh on the scene, boom boxes supplied the music (Apple iPods were but a future marvel) and Tom Cruise was a tender 23 year old.

The Film Industry is Set to Change, What Can We Expect?

Paul Coggins | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Coggins

If we take a quick look at this year's Golden Globe Award winners, the notion of a high-profile award winning film made for the mobile-first generation isn't as far-fetched as perhaps it first seems.

Film Reviews - 'The Duke of Burgundy' and 'Kumiko the Treasure Hunter'

Clive Botting | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland's stylish and provocative multilayered drama fantasy teases the audience while Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a rare cinematic oddity that captivates.

Twenty Thoughts on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie

Roger Crow | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was bound to generate a lot of controversy. If you've seen the film or don't want to read any potential spoilers, then perhaps best go somewhere else. For those that have seen the movie, or just don't care, here are some of my observations on the most talked about film of the year.

Women, Film, and Censorship, What We Can Learn From Pre-Code Cinema

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

At a time when - despite being a fully modernised world in most others senses - women still fail to receive pay packets equal to their male counterparts, the need for women to be portrayed as equals in mainstream media has never been more critical.

The Babadook - A Film About Life's Real Horrors

Jennifer Izaakson | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jennifer Izaakson

Where does fear come from? If we accept the psychoanalytic stance of a 'continual return of the repressed', ghosts and demons offer a way to battle un...

'Fifty Shades of Grey': The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I've read a chapter of the book (couldn't cope with any more of that weak dialogue), but thought the movie was solidly made and well cast (though Michael Fassbender would have been a better Grey).

"Bees don't lie" - 'Jupiter Ascending': The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I'd be amazed if this didn't feature heavily in the next Razzie awards. The scene in the finale where a key character's wings unfurl is one of the most laughable I've witnessed in a major film over the past 12 months.

Birdman - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) and starring Michael Keaton; Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of a man's battle with his ego, and his quest for acceptance and notoriety. It explores the fragility of one's mind, and the idea of 'celebrity' and Hollywood, and the significance that each play in today's fame-obsessed society.

How to Bring Your Toddler to the Cinema in 28 Easy Steps

Andrea Mara | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

When toddler starts playing with seat and inevitably hits himself in the mouth, stifle his roar with a packet of chocolate sweets. Ignore dagger looks from sibling who keeps saying "Mum, mum - why did he get sweets?" and can no longer follow the film because all she can think about is sweets and unfairness.

Kingsman: The Secret Service - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Halfway through Kingsman, I was having such a good time I thought I could watch this again. And although I would have changed that final derriere-centric scene, this is mostly great entertainment made by a team at the top of their game.

Film Reviews - 'Pelo Malo' (Bad Hair) and 'Trash'

Clive Botting | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Two films set in South America come from different angles but touch on corruption and brutality in marginalised societies.

Conversations about Cinema: The Impact of Conflict

Mark Cosgrove | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Mark Cosgrove

As a subject, conflict has always drawn filmmakers, whether driven by political or social ideals, or inspired by more humanitarian concerns.