UK Cinema

A Top 10 List of the Best Films of 2013

Leigh Clark | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

I have compiled my very own top 10 list that's based on quality, quintessence and originality as well of course as entertainment. The following list is not recommended for people who refuse to watch films with subtitles because they 'can't read and watch a film at the same time' or for people who 'don't do' black and white.

The Most Disappointing Films of 2013

Roger Crow | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

There were plenty of bombs, turkeys and over-rated smashes which either left me cross or emulating an indifferent Frenchman winning first prize in a 'So What?' charades contest.

Alexander Payne's Nebraska: The Manhattan of the Midwest

Ed Cripps | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Alexander Payne (along with Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes) is one of the few American directors still able to make sophisticated, distinctive, independent-minded films.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Tom Linay | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The pacing of the film is a big improvement and the narrative wastes no time in getting into gear. The opening scene set in a dank, fetid drinking hole, shows Gandalf convincing Thorin to take a Hobbit with him on his quest to reclaim his homeland from Smaug.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.

Connectivity and The Future of Film

Liz Bales | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

With the growth of the internet and internet-connected devices, more and more of us are used to finding content at our fingertips, at the touch of a button. So what does this mean for the future of film and the way that we access entertainment?

Nebraska Review

Tom Linay | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

I'm going to come right out and say it, Alexander Payne's Nebraska features my favourite performance of 2013 and it's not Bruce Dern as Woody, wonderful though he is. She may only be on screen for around fifteen minutes in total but June Squibb, playing Woody's long suffering wife Kate, steals every scene she's in.

Why It's Cool To Be A Punjabi Film Star

Ben Mirza | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

So, here's the run-down of why you should all be paying attention to Punjabi cinema. In Britain alone, Punjabi films have been climbing higher and higher up the box office top 10.

Saving Mr Banks - Practically Perfect in (Almost) Every Way

Roger Crow | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Saving Mr Banks is still a tear-jerking, feel good, surprisingly dark Christmas cracker. Practically perfect in (almost) every way.

Film Review - The Act of Killing

Lucy Popescu | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

Although it does not make easy viewing, Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal and chilling documentary, The Act of Killing, recently released on DVD, is a must see.

More Than Five Reasons Cinema Is Better Than TV

Phil Clapp | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Clapp

Steve Moffatt said that television was better than cinema. And that's fighting talk. He then went on to give five reasons why this was the case. Well, as they say in the US, 'straight back at ya' - here are more than five reasons he's wrong:

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Film Meets 500 Years of British Art

Jane Burton | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jane Burton

Three great British directors Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach explore the relationship between filmmaking and painting for Tate's new video series. Find out which artist inspired The Joker's smeared make-up in The Dark Knight, how Turner's sketches are being brought to the big screen, and what the camera can learn from Hogarth...

The Jazz-Loving Masterful Van Veeteren Returns

Clive Botting | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The highly acclaimed 'The Killing', The Bridge' and 'Borgen' have captured the imagination. Now Van Veeteren, the cynical, jazz-loving Nordic Noir master detective has retired to his antiquarian books. But for how long?

Welcome to the Zombie Crowd

David Bond | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

When should children be allowed onto Facebook? The site says it only accepts users over the age of 13. New research published this week by Internet security giant McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance says that most children use the Internet away from their parents' watchful eyes (which I can quite understand).

Education In 4D

Phil Clapp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Clapp

During the past three weeks more than 200,000 young people across the UK have joined with the National Youth Film Festival, an array of over 1,000 experiences in 400 cinemas with the support of hundreds of film and cinema professionals.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

There's a lot to get through, at times too much, and as someone who hasn't read the book it can feel like the writers are box-ticking to cover every plot point fans of the book are expecting. It's an understandable approach but it doesn't make for a wholly satisfying narrative.

DVD Reviews - An Acclaimed Drama Based on True Events and a Nostalgic Journey

Clive Botting | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Joachim Lafosse's compelling and nightmarish drama sits in the top 10 Art House World Cinema films of 2012. Olivier Assayas's autobiographical nostalgic reflection of the spirit of 1968 and the discovery of identities, captures the period look and feeling of the 'May events'.

The 8th London Korean Film Festival Opens This Week

Hye-jung Jeon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hye-jung Jeon

Korean Film has always had a strong following in the UK and this has led to more and more K-Films being picked up by local distributors. Also in 2013 the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival chose to include a 'Korea Focus' within its programme, inviting leading actors and directors to take part in events and talks.

Bermondsey Street - A Restaurant Mecca

James Emtage | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

One pocket that's crying out for a dalliance is Bermondsey St., which hides away behind London Bridge. Its niche is its restaurants: it is so overflowing with a stunning and varied selection of eateries that it qualifies to be a foodie pocket of its own. Here are four of my fave.

Madonna at the Movies

Andy Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Law

You've probably read about this recent slice of cine-scandal in one of your desk-breakfast guilty-pleasure web-mags: Madonna goes to festival screening of hard-hitting slavery flick; Madonna texts during hard-hitting slavery flick; Madonna accuses hard-feeling audience members of being "enslavers"; Madonna is banned from watching movies at major cinema chain ever again.

Tom Hanks: Red Carpet Game Changer

Andy Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Law

Tom Hanks walked the carpet confidently to open the BFI London Film Festival. He will also close it with his other movie in the show, Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks bestrides this Festival like a movie superstar colossus.

Pirates of the Miscreants: Captain Phillips Is a Rollicking Ride

Greg Wetherall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that will need to steer around the Horn of Africa, a notorious hotspot for knave Somali pirate boats. Based on a true story, director Paul Greengrass ably documents a harrowing hijacking incident of nerve-shredding terror.

'Basically, Johnny Moped': A Music Film Revives Punk's 'Great Lost Legend'

Andy Markowitz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Markowitz

Ray Burns, who put a guitar around his neck in mid '70s Croydon and somehow became Captain Sensible, punk icon and pop ironist of the Damned.

DVD Review - How Will Hollywood's Blockbuster,'Captain Phillips' Compare With the Low Budget 'A Hijacking'?

Clive Botting | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The London Film Festival opens Wednesday 9 October with the Gala screening of 'Captain Phillips', Paul Greengrass's Hollywood big budget true story of Somali piracy. A live satellite link will simultaneously screen the European Premier to 30 UK towns and cities. That's big budget coverage.