UK Cinema

Film 2014: Movies, Mindlessness and Mascara

Paul Marshall | Posted 16.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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.

Exodus: Gods and Kings and why Hollywood white-washing needs to end

Roobla | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roobla

The recurring controversy over white actors being cast as other ethnicities has surfaced once again in recent days, as the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings looms on the horizon.

Swapping Socialising for Staying In: How a Skint Mind-Set Is Shaping Our Social Lives

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ellie Widdowson

Catching a film at the cinema was once a firm favourite to fill our free time, but it seems that the silver screen is losing its allure, seeing a huge decline in audience numbers. In 2013 over 165.5 million people attended the cinema, which was the lowest viewing figures since 2008.

Nightcrawler - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Which brings us to Nightcrawler, Jake's latest stunning performance. He plays Lou Bloom, an intense petty thief. However, he has the drive of a young man who could make it big in whatever business he chooses. And after witnessing a crash one night, the proverbial light bulb goes on over his head.

Paddington - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Paddington was a key part of my childhood and 'woe betide anyone who screwed it up', I thought. Thankfully those fears soon melted away within a few minutes of one of the best films of 2014. Getting a movie like this from script to screen is no easy matter, and King, Heyman, the cast and crew have done a magnificent job.

Shane Abbess: Method Director and Rattlesnake

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I got to know Shane Abbess in 2009, when we started collaborating on my graphic novel series, The Hunter. Anyone who's ever read anything about Hollywood will know the movie business demands that people earn their stripes.

Film Junkies Rejoice, Underground Film Club Can Make You a Star Too

Harry Cockburn | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Harry Cockburn

I got off my bike in Lower Marsh. It was dark and drizzling. At the entrance to a side street a man with a hood up against the weather pointed me towards a railway arch. As I approached I could just make it out through the gloom.

London Film Festival 2014 Round-up: Décor, Night Bus and The Immortalists.

Peter Yeung | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The 58th London Film Festival brought us a plethora of début gems and world premières, exploring the ebbs and flows of life. Here we take a look at some of the lesser-known highlights, and the fresh perspectives that they offer.

Paris: Seven Places You'll Recognise From Cinematic History

Josie Sampson | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Sampson

Paris is a city that's spent centuries inspiring artists, writers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers alike - and wandering the streets of the City of Light, it's not hard to see why.

The Ghoncheh Ghavami Case: Another Iranian Own Goal

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A verdict in Ghavami's case is reportedly expected this week. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary, Ghulam Hussein Mohseni Ejeyie, has claimed - highly improbably - that "Miss Ghavami's arrest and imprisonment has nothing to do with the issue of sports and women's participations in stadiums", and is instead "a national security matter". Quite what the issues of national security might be here are ... er, unclear.

LFF Review - 'The Wonders' and 'A Second Chance'

Tom Linay | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.

Al Pacino Is Wrong - Mobile Is the Future for Film and TV

Adam Poulter | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Poulter

On receiving a Fellowship at the BFI, Al Pacino said: "If you put any movie on a big screen nowadays, I'll love it. I mean, who wants to watch movies on iPhones? I'm so tired of that." I too love a good night out at the cinema, but he's wrong. Sorry Mr Pacino but millions of people watch films on their mobile devices worldwide, and Video on Demand (VOD) is their preferred choice.

Reasonable???

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

This weekend an incident occurred that reminded me of what is is to be disabled in the UK in the 21st Century. I have been disabled since a few weeks after birth, having been born with cancer, but started using a wheelchair full time at the age of fifteen after a complication caused my spine to collapse.

A Most Wanted Man - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Before the halfway mark, I considered leaving A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn's tortuous, leaden, almost event-free version of John le Carre's novel. But no, I thought.

The Cinema Events of 2014... So Far

Roger Crow | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Ahead of the obligatory end-of-year round-up, here's my verdict on the best cinematic events of 2014*. You will disagree with most. You will have seen many not on the list. You may wonder why many films are here. And if this annoys you, wait three more months for my definitive countdown of '14 to make you even more cross.

Seven Under the Radar Films You'll Be Talking About Soon

Tom Linay | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.

Why Once Is Never Enough

Paul Marshall | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Fact is, I loved The Godfather when I originally saw it. I loved The Godfather the second time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the third time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the fourth time I saw it...

Talking of Bela Tarr's Sátántangó

Adam Roberts | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Roberts

Béla Tarr's Sátántangó (1994) is long - it runs 7 hours and 15 minutes with a couple of short intermissions - but it is no longer than any box set series. It is as long as it needs to be, and takes as much time as it should.

A Go-Go Boy To Remember

Colin Vaines | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin Vaines

It's hard for me to think of Menahem Golan without conjuring up the smell of sea air, the scent of jasmine blossom, and the unmistakable aroma of good old-fashioned bullshit.

The Best Films of 2014 So Far

George Washbourn | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

With 2014 (over) halfway through, it's time to reflect on the cinematic year thus far. Accredited with numerous triumphs, not to mention a number of emphatic troughs (here's looking at you, Pudsey The Movie), take a look at a list of the 5 top films of the first half of 2014, product of my humble opinion...

Going 'Back to the Future'

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ashwin Bhardwaj

At Secret Cinema (formerly Future Cinema) you watch a film, usually in an obscure location, whilst immersing yourself in the film's narrative. Back To The Future is staged on an ambitious scale in a brilliantly realised world: they've actually recreated Hill Valley - the town from the film.

Alone Again (Un)naturally

Paul Marshall | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

No one wants to be reminded that they're alone... the question remains, is it really so bad to be alone? ... To some people, eating alone is dreadful enough. But what about visiting the cinema, the theatre or, heaven forbid, going on holiday alone?

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy. The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while Zoe Saldana as sexy as ever as the green skinned Gamora.

People Are Really, Really Pissed Off About Secret Cinema Shambles...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

It's not so hilarious for those who spent hundreds on tickets, travel, costumes and hotel rooms. But some of the reactions to the shambolic cancellat...