UK Cinema

Am I A Grumpy Old Fart? Or Is Everything Sh*t Now?

Aid Thompsin | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Aid Thompsin

Whenever I see an old documentary about the 70s (or the 90s more recently) there always seems to be some old boy, talking-head saying "Well, everything had gotten so stale, people were bored of the same faces and same shit coming out. It was ripe for a shake-up". I feel like that about now.

It's Time to Abolish the 12A Film Rating

Paul Blanchard | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

Cinema film classifications are essential. We need them. But 12A doesn't work. It encourages studios to dumb-down adult action movies to fit the rating; allows incorrectly classified older films to scare the pants off 10 year olds, and makes 13-year-olds believe that when you shoot someone they don't bleed, scream or writhe in agony, but just fall athletically to the floor and lie still.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - On the (Virtual) Set of Macbeth

Roger Crow | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Director Kit Monkman, one of the brains behind critically acclaimed school drama The Knife That Killed Me, is currently at work in East Yorkshire on his interpretation of this timeless classic.

Does Jennifer Aniston's Cake Really Show Life With Chronic Pain?

Jayne Stephens | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jayne Stephens

It's not the most exciting or action-filled film, and there isn't a big special effects scene or rosy romantic ending, but in its own way it keeps you gripped, rooting for the characters and watching until the very end.

'Mr Holmes' - Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The tale of a grieving husband concerned about his wife is one of the plot threads woven into the fabric of the screenplay. However, the heart of it involves the relationship between Holmes, young Roger and his wary housekeeper mother.

A New Hope for Traditional Cinema?

Amelia Amin | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Amelia Amin

I just love what Secret Cinema does; it makes you feel special. From the second you arrive, disguised, and in-character (you're assigned a unique ID) you're made to feel like part of the film.

Welcome to Generic Park? - 'Jurassic World' Review

Roger Crow | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

To paraphrase the BBFC: 'Moderate threat, occasional bloody moments, action violence... and some really stupid characters.'

Secret Cinema: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Review

Peter Yeung | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

But, to be clear, this is not Secret Cinema's finest production. It really does test the boundaries between the expansive and the industrial - it's twice the size of last year's Back to the Future installation.

3D is Ruining Movies for the Rest of Us

David Mooney | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
David Mooney

Ok. Own up. Who is it? Which of you is it that keeps buying tickets to watch films in 3D? There must be some of you out there that have been to see more than one movie with the added dimension, because the cinemas keep putting them on and studios keep making them.

'Spy' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Jude Law is on good form as the secret agent who is guided through his missions by Melissa McCarthy, a chubby, single agent who clearly worships the ground he walks on. She's the Chloe to his Jack Bauer...

VR: Coming Soon to a Screen (Very) Near You

David Akka | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech
David Akka

Do you, as the media creator, want to create a roller coaster, exciting but the same every time, or almost a choose-your-own-adventure story which your audience will each experience slightly differently to each other and each time?

The Idiot Box

Jon Spira | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

San Andreas might be the stupidest film I've ever seen.... a new breed of stupid. It's not low-budget slapdash stupid. It's not aimed-at-children stupid. It's not silly knockabout action-star totally-fun stupid. It's stupid-stupid. The things that happen in it, the things people say, everything is done without a shred of intelligence, sophistication or even care.

Man Up - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman's Last Chance Harvey (bittersweet London sightseeing romance-type genre) and Love Actually (hero desperately trying to find partner with community help), Man Up rests on the muscular shoulders of that reliable mistaken identity premise.

Five Years of Cringe: I Heart Johnny Depp

Julia Wagner | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

During these years, I was trying to be "alternative." I rarely watched blockbusters (although I saw Four Weddings and A Funeral about six times in the cinema); I only liked "indie" rather than mainstream chart music. Depp was the perfect movie star for me - odd, offbeat, beautiful.

Tomorrowland - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Gorgeous George Clooney turns Grumpy George in Tomorrowland, the new movie from director Brad Bird. The maker of The Incredibles is a master of anima...

Fast and Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

"The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of VCRs, ruined dreams... But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we ...

Avengers: Age of Ultron-The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

This might be a film for little kids but it's also a movie for serious comic book fans who like substance and story with their explosions, something of a rarity in the age of Transformers.

And the Oscar Goes to ... London. Visual Effects, High Tech and the Future of Cinema

Jaap Zuiderveld | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Tech
Jaap Zuiderveld

Generous tax breaks make the UK a cost-effective option for filmmakers. But it's the unarguable talent - and their embrace of technology - that has made London a sure-fire guarantee of quality.

Young People Speak Up, Adults Do (Sometimes) Listen

Alexandra Heal | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

I have just turned 21. Forget the felicitations; all I see ahead is boring adulthood and inevitably losing my ideals as I start to pay tax. But I don't want to talk about adult cynicism. I want to talk about youthful optimism.

The Duff (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

In this high-concept teen movie, Mae Whitman is Bianca, an apparently smart high school girl who just happens to have two "hot babes" as best friends. She is oblivious to her status as designated ugly fat friend (the Duff in question) until this fact is helpfully pointed out by her hottie jock neighbour, Wesley (played by Robbie Amell).

Hipsters, Hip Hop and Hip Ops: 'While We're Young'-The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first act While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists.

50 Shades of Meh: 'Insurgent' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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 16.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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?