UK Cinema

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.

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 ...