UK Cinema

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 02.02.2015 | 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 29.01.2015 | UK
Mark Cosgrove

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

12 Films to Watch in 2015

Tom Linay | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

As with last January, to aid you with planning your year's cinemagoing, I've highlighted one film from each month that looks unmissable. It was hard narrowing it down to just one but I've concentrated hard and I think I've pulled it off.

Why Aren't UK Ministers Manning the Free Speech Barricades for Raif Badawi?

Kate Allen | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

So take that Riyadh: we're going to continue having a close dialogue with you. Messrs Cameron and Ellwood have only spoken on Badawi's plight when asked. There have been no big ministerial statements, no press releases, no primetime media interviews, and no carpeting for the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Once again, it seems that ministers are content to wear the Saudi muzzle... As the UK government knows full well (not least because Amnesty International regularly tells it so), Saudi Arabia's human rights record is a roll-call of shame.

Into The Woods - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

This Disney epic was shot on a relatively modest budget ($50m); a Sondheim adaptation clearly more risky than their pending version of Cinderella. Sometimes less really is more, and as we all know, you don't need to spend a fortune to make a great movie.

Coins Not Plastic!

Naomi Hefter | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I won't lie; I did suffer a bit of cabin fever after a time in the forest, missing the big city and busy shops. But just being able to relax with nothing but films, games, drinks and family was a treat for me.

Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Ridley Scott, in my opinion, had not made a great film in years, so I didn't hold out much hope for his latest, the biblical saga Exodus: Gods and Kings. However, like 2014's Noah, this huge, visionary epic holds together well and is worth a look on the big screen.

Ten Things I've Learned This Year...

Zoe Jones | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Jones

1. Dancing at home to old vinyl records was the best way to see in 2014. Dancing with no inhibitions makes everyone happy. 2. London is a wonderful city and I'm lucky to live here. Walking to work through Regents Park, exploring hidden canals, swimming in ponds, trying new cuisines, hanging out in cosy pubs - it's got everything - even the weather on occasion.

Getting Under the Skin of an Extraordinary Year

Tom Linay | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It is often said that there's never a bad year for cinema and 2014 emphatically proved that. In a year when cinema admissions were down on the highs of the last few years and no single film crossed the £40m mark for the first time since 2003, it would be easy to be pessimistic about the current state of cinema.

Thirty Shades of Great: THE Films of 2014

Roger Crow | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

So that was 2014, a year when a comedy compromised the free world, when a tree and a raccoon stole millions of hearts, and when Gilliam, Scorsese, Godzilla and Jack Ryan returned to cinemas, but what, you may yawn, was THE film of the past 12 months?

Film 2014: Movies, Mindlessness and Mascara

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Whenever there's a poll of the most popular and memorable movie lines ever spoken, it frequently comes out on top. And on Wednesday (December 17, BBC1 at 11.20pm) guess who'll be back to give the nation the benefit of her insight, expertise and encyclopaedic grasp of the silver screen?

One of the Most Gripping Thrillers of the Year: 'Awaiting' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I like thrillers that take their time and avoid the obvious cliches. Fast cutting and overly stylistic lighting can detract from the finished movie. Above all I like a cracking tale well told.