UK Movies

Hipsters, Hip Hop and Hip Ops: 'While We're Young'-The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first act While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists.

How to Self-Distribute Your First Film

Marcus Markou | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Markou

In 2013, I self-distributed my movie Papadopoulos & Sons into theatres with a print and advertising budget of just £40,000. The film achieved the second highest screen average in its opening weekend, beaten only by Oblivion with Tom Cruise. These are my top 10 tips for indie filmmakers also considering self-distribution.

50 Shades of Meh: 'Insurgent' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The latest chapter in the Divergent series is a film of two halves. The first has all the appeal of wandering around one of those abandoned concrete-filled cities due for demolition.

British Urban Film Festival Celebrate a Decade of Championing Diverse Talent

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

That due to a lack of opportunity in their home countries, black British actors and other creative talent are finding success - and meatier roles in the states is not new news. Whilst we have numerous organisations trying to redress the balance like MOBO, Screen Nation Awards and the Asian Awards, things are slow to change.

Unlikely Coming Of Age Movies

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

I'm currently exploring coming of age films for my film festival The Bechdel Test Fest which has got me thinking about how we understand the world though the university of Hollywood. When asking myself - what have I learnt through cinema?

Going Academic - Behind the Scenes in an Actors' Agency

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

An actor's agent does not step into the spotlight; he or she is a figure in the shadows, buoying and navigating many dazzling careers. But what does shedding light on the figure of the agent tell us about films and film stars?

Film Reviews - Suite Francaise & X+Y

Clive Botting | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Suite Francaise', based on Irene Nemirovsky's best selling novel explores a legacy that still haunts France - denunciations, collaboration and forbidden love during the German occupation.

Faith, Hope, and Crisis Management: The Agent-Actor Relationship

Julia Wagner | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

The relationship between agent and actor is a peculiar one. Agents and their clients have mutually loyal and steadfast relationships, requiring a dynamic which is much more pastoral than is usual between employer and employee.

The Duke of Burgundy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Released within a few weeks of that other S and M bonanza, 50 Shades of Grey, this is light years ahead of the slick competition... The best film of the first quarter of 2015.

Hate Crime: Why Censors Are Right to Ban the Anti-Semitic Horror

Simon Thompson | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

I'm a fan of horror, I consider myself to be pretty liberal and I would consider myself a supporter of free speech and free expression but I also think there comes a time when a line has to be drawn and we have say that something is not okay.

Film Reviews - Appropriate Behaviour and Still Alice

Clive Botting | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Appropriate Behaviour', Desiree Akhavan's clever feature debut peppers the screen with wit, farce and melodrama. 'Still Alice' sees Julianne Moore give an effortless and stunning performance devoid of sentimentality.

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

What happens if you mix classic British sitcom Waiting For God with Slumdog Millionaire? You get a bittersweet comedy with a Bollywood feel, aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

'Focus' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Okay, it's not as clever as some of the best episodes of Hustle or classic movie The Sting, but it looked terrific, the leads were magnetic and there were some splendid scenes.

Where's the Comic Relief?

Marcus Markou | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Markou

This year's Academy Awards ceremony, at four hours long, required a similar amount of endurance as some of the heavier dramas nominated. The difference is that whilst Neil Patrick-Harris' role as compère offered welcome comic relief, the winners of the 'big four' provided little.

If 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Was An '80s Sitcom, It Might Look Something Like This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Comedy

In which YouTuber Robert Jones recasts Leonardo DiCaprio's amoral, drug-addled Jordan Belfort as a loveable rogue heading up his own '80s sitcom. M...

Do You Want To Be In An Iconic Movie Scene?

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech

If you're a huge film buff then we've finally found the perfect app for you. The Scenepast app lets you travel back in time to visit iconic movie s...

Blackhat - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.

Dear Hollywood...Where Are the Women?

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

On screen women should be heroes and villains and navigate narratives that reassure us that the crap we go through isn't just us and we can aspire to be more than just a Bond girl. We need to gatecrash this boy's club that Hollywood is and encourage more females to make movies that tell our stories.

An 80's Flashback.

Danielle Wood | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Wood

Here is my take on a few treasured 80's films for all occasions; dismal Sunday afternoons or your average Tuesday night. They are guaranteed to set your watch back to a time when Nike Air tops were fresh on the scene, boom boxes supplied the music (Apple iPods were but a future marvel) and Tom Cruise was a tender 23 year old.

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman

Laura M. Bell | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laura M. Bell

Aptly for a story about the trials of staging a Broadway play, the camera work gives the story a very theatrical quality: the transition from scene to scene is handled by plunging a part of the screen into darkness while simultaneously spotlighting another.

Film Reviews - 'The Duke of Burgundy' and 'Kumiko the Treasure Hunter'

Clive Botting | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland's stylish and provocative multilayered drama fantasy teases the audience while Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a rare cinematic oddity that captivates.

The Fame Factory: Inside an Actors' Agency

Julia Wagner | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

Although I never came across the phrase "A-list" while at the agency, I began to think of the client list in terms of a "postal list". That is, ranking clients according to the postal mode used to deliver their scripts.

Twenty Thoughts on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie

Roger Crow | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was bound to generate a lot of controversy. If you've seen the film or don't want to read any potential spoilers, then perhaps best go somewhere else. For those that have seen the movie, or just don't care, here are some of my observations on the most talked about film of the year.

'Fifty Shades of Grey': The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I've read a chapter of the book (couldn't cope with any more of that weak dialogue), but thought the movie was solidly made and well cast (though Michael Fassbender would have been a better Grey).

"Bees don't lie" - 'Jupiter Ascending': The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I'd be amazed if this didn't feature heavily in the next Razzie awards. The scene in the finale where a key character's wings unfurl is one of the most laughable I've witnessed in a major film over the past 12 months.