UK Cinema

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.

ICA Off-Site: Cinema on the Steps: Contemporary Middle Eastern Film

Steven Cairns | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Steven Cairns

Working closely with curators Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah Al-Turki, key figures on the Middle Eastern art scene alongside artist Ahmed Mater, who contributes to our final evening, we are presenting an amazing selection of films, free to view in a unique outdoor cinema.

The Daily Superhero: Comic-Book Movies Are Here to Stay

Andrew B Neville | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew B Neville

Out of darkness appeared a relatively unknown director with a vision to make superheroes appear more realistic and believable, Christopher Nolan. He transformed Batman from the campy, cheap days of Tim Burton and the dark dark days of George Clooney, into the Dark Knight (the brilliant kind of dark, the kind that builds suspense, that has an edge).

DVD Reviews - Wonderful Cinema That Should Be Seen by All but Will Be Viewed by Few

Clive Botting | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'A Late Quartet', a captivating and intelligent debut feature from Yaron Zilberman, 'In the House', Francois Ozon's clever narrative driven spellbinding psychological drama plays games with the audience and Steven Soderberg's Hitchcockian 'Side Effects' is full of double crosses. Cinema can be one of the great pleasures of life.

A Quiet Cinematic Revolution

Phil Clapp | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Phil Clapp

After almost a century of relying on the same tried and tested technology, the big screen experience is bracing itself for a new digital age and the dizzying whirl of new technological developments that entails. It should be a Hell of a ride.

PICS: Hilariously Awful Ghanaian Cinema Posters

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Comedy

By the 1980s, cinema in a lot of the Western world had already been firmly established and become a part of everyday life. In the African country ...

Truth or Dare? A Golden Age for Documentary Film

Paul Drury | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

The documentary business is booming. From film festivals, to cinemas, on television and online - there's rarely been a greater hunger for stories that reflect fascinating true stories all told from a human perspective.

Steven Spielberg, the End of the Film Industry and Remembering Cinema

Pat Higgins | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

If we're in a position where giants like Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their flicks onto the screen, then we're not in a good place.

Man of Steel - Review

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kieran Turner-Dave

Man Of Steel is such an omnishambles that it is difficult to ascertain what Zack Snyder was actually attempting to achieve... If Snyder set out to make a serious and brooding Dark Knight-style superhero film, then he has failed spectacularly as Man Of Steel has a total absence of character exploration, interest in a believable villain or real, live-action jeopardy

The New, New, New, Superman Arrives - But Does the Whore That Is Cinema Still Love Me?

Alfie Evers | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I like paying extortionate amounts for an uncomfortable seat, no pause button, no tea-making facilities, surrounded by idiots grazing on plastic cheese and crisps as you watch a crap film. It's what many of us regard as a 'luxury'. Nothing wrong with treating yourself to a bit of luxury.

Iceman (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Here we see Michael Shannon playing the eponymous Iceman aka Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey-based Mafia hit man who despatched more than 100 people over a number of years before police finally caught up with him.

Bringing the Cinema Into Your Home

Daley James Francis | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Tech
Daley James Francis

With the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm, and awesome HD projectors available for home use at a reasonable price, you can quite easily turn your home into a movie theatre. You can get a 70 inch flat screen 3D TV for around £2,500-£3,000. That £3,000 is going to be money well spent for years.

Getting a Job the Bette Davis Way - Take Out an Ad

Grant Feller | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Grant Feller

It's comforting sometimes to remember that mid-life reinvention - or regeneration - is not necessarily the preserve of today's easily-discarded generations.

Zombieland: The Series and TV Based on Film

James Peckham | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Peckham

So what went wrong with Zombieland: The Series? Just by watching the first few minutes of the pilot the fatal error is staring any fan of the film in the face. Is that meant to be Harrelson/Eisenberg/Stone?! Why did the writers decide to use the same characters in which we now associate with A-list Hollywood actors?

Ripley's Believe it or Not

Jon Spira | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

As the crowd gathered outside in the summer sun, I developed a knot in my stomach. It was an exact mix of sci-fi nerds and people with massive grins on their faces expecting a work of ludicrous ironic genius. I have to admit that I had bought tickets in feverish haste as a combination of both of these attitudes but, filing into the theatre, suddenly felt awful.

Jack Weatherley: A Clear Voice in British Cinema Has Arrived

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

So like all directors worth their salt, he continued to write, and now finds himself part of the new vanguard of British film directors which includes Eran Creevy, Ben Wheatley and Paul Andrew Williams, all of whom possess the pugnacity which is necessary to get a script to the big screen.

What We Learned at Cannes 2013

Planet Ivy | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the real purpose of Cannes is identifying the year's best films. Forget the controversy and offscreen drama - the festival still shapes the course of cinema for most of the coming year

Are We to Blame for Sexism and Racism on Screen?

Planet Ivy | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

As expected the critics' main focus being on how racist and sexist The Hangover Part III is in comparison to its predecessors... But that begs the question: why do we as audiences keep going back for more of the same when we know what to expect? Are we the ones perpetuating racism and sexism on screen?

Populaire (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Populaire boasts an offbeat premise. In the 1950s bright, ambitious Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) wants to be a modern woman. There's just one prob...

Why Does Everyone Suddenly Hate Baz Luhrmann?

Planet Ivy | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

It's really quite sad if you think about it; not so long ago, Baz Luhrmann was the darling of Hollywood, a breath of fresh air in an increasingly formulaic industry. Audiences aren't so easily distracted these days by shiny colours and slick cinematography. More and more, they crave inner beauty over outer beauty. And perhaps it is that Baz Luhrmann hasn't quite realised this yet.

What to Do When an Acclaimed Film Director Normalises and Romanticises Rape?

Michael MacLennan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Michael MacLennan

I went in expecting to be underwhelmed, given that the reviews hadn't been glowing, but instead left furious at one of its main plot threads. To explain why, I think it best to reverse the flip gender of the characters involved, and go into some detail about the plot. (So beware spoilers.)