UK Cinema

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.

Child Screen Addiction

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The film makes these teens feel trapped: afraid of not spending enough time outdoors on the one hand, and, on the other, anxious about missing out on socialising through technology. They had asked me for help - and I wasn't sure what to say. I'm not a trained counsellor.

Sophie Fiennes Directs Zizek in New 'Pervert's Guide'

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Delving once more into the hidden language of cinema, Fiennes and Zizek interpret what the movies reveal about ourselves, and the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices. Fiennes commented: "We are responsible for our dreams. That's the genius of cinema: there's more happening than what you can actually talk about. "

The Unique Power Of Cinema

Andy Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Law

Movies in the cinema are absorbed fully without any distraction (OK, save the occasional rustle of sweet wrappers) and without any alternative opportunities to view.

Interview: 'The Wicker Man' Director on His Final Cut, Cursed Remakes and Not Wanting to Be Typecast

Greg Wetherall | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

It is 40 years since the Wicker Man first bore its indelible image of a giant burning human-shaped casket onto the retinas of cinema-goers. Now, in a new restoration and a new cut - classed emphatically as the 'final cut' - the film will once again be released theatrically.

The Life and Legacy of Ray Dolby

Matt J Gallagher | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt J Gallagher

As an inventor and business leader, Ray Dolby achieved great heights and motivated those around him to keep developing and pushing the boundaries. Staff at Dolby tell me that he was and will continue to be, an inspiration to them.

Home Automation: A Necessity?

Shannon Kendall | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech
Shannon Kendall

What is home automation? Visualize controlling your entire home from anywhere in the world, at any time, from one device. Imagine going abroad and being able to have access to a live stream of CCTV from your home.

Cinema Release

James Conmy | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Despite the queues, despite the heavy closed door to Screen six that you can't open because you have your hands full, despite the criminal expense of junk food and the person sitting in front having some kind of afro tribute to Abraham Lincoln's hat, despite everyone's very best efforts to make it impossible - I do enjoy the cinema...

'As Human Beings We Lie All the Time': Chronicling the Great Hip Hop Hoax

Andy Markowitz | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andy Markowitz

When Jeanie Finlay first heard the story of Silibil n' Brains, she didn't believe it. Two guys from north-eastern Scotland who pretended to be American rappers, fooling one of Britain's most successful pop music managers and one of the world's biggest record labels?

Why The Way, Way Back Took Me Way, Way Back

Roger Crow | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

It's a study in awkwardness, and that gaping hole in a lonely teenager's life desperate to be filled by friends, if not family.

'Sharknado' Is Good

Liam Heffernan | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Liam Heffernan

Sharknado's success has exceeded expectations, and is rapidly asserting itself as a modern cult classic. Isn't that what we say about The Big Lebowski? So why is Sharknado still only good because it's bad?

You Can't Choose Your Audience

Chris Mayo | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Mayo

There is a common law amongst comedians (and all performers to an extent) that you should never blame your audience, but, there should perhaps also be an additional law for audiences that If you're going to come and watch something, for goodness sake, don't be a c***.

A Unique Music Documentary Examines Sound and Silence

Andy Markowitz | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andy Markowitz

Lindsey Dryden's documentary tells the stories of three people with varying levels of deafness and unwavering commitments to music...

Could 'The Wolf Of Wall Street's' Success Slow the Death of Grown-Up Cinema?

Mark Hodge | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hodge

For the past 30-years, studios have been reluctant to throw big money at any kind of subject matter which doesn't involve superheroes, and people slowly walking away from massive explosions. This distrust of audiences' intelligence is of course nonsense.

Don't Make UK Cinemas a Victim of 'Small Government' Ideology

Phil Clapp | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Phil Clapp

Keen followers of the cinema and film industry amongst you may know that the government is considering plans to change the way in which cinemas are licensed. While this might seem a trivial issue, anyone who cares about the cinema-going experience should take note.

What Do You Do When You Can't Take Kids to the Cinema?

Ben Gregor | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Gregor

We were chatting to the kids and the amazing staff who work at the London's Kids Company, about what the filming we we were doing, we found out that some of them had never been to the cinema, a cinema, any cinema. We decided to change that. We needed to put them in front of a cinema screen.