Yearly Archives: 2014

Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Posted on by 5WC in Film

When it comes to a cast list with potential: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt create a pretty formidable list and so you can be pretty sure that even in the hands of a director, Jim Jarmusch, whose work I am not familiar with, you’re not likely to be let down. And …

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Book Review: Wraithflight by Guy Haley

Posted on by 5WC in Book

In theory it’s a religious countdown, in practice it’s an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast and more often these days, it’s a marketing tool used by companies to either release unsold stock or drive awareness through promotion. I am of course, talking about Advent. And while I tucked into my ever perennially shrinking lump …

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Opinion: Peppersmith Chewing Gum

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion

It all started with a newspaper article that appeared in The Times over two years ago declaring that you didn’t need to floss. That rubbing a small piece of string between your teeth morning, noon and night was actually just a waste of time. If you wanted to reclaim your evenings and end the dissatisfied …

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TV Review: The Mekong River With Sue Perkins

Posted on by 5WC in Television

Sue Perkins, a boat, and the only person to speak English? A shy Tibetan Nun! It seems an unlikely source of entertaining Sunday night television but that’s exactly what this 4 part series turned out to be. Entertaining yet immensely thought provoking at the same time. Travelling the Mekong River in South East Asia, Perkins …

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Film Review: Shallow Grave

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I have always struggled slightly with movies brought to life by Danny Boyle. I have always enjoyed the stories, always found his narrative style, the way he looks at a subject interesting and engaging but I have always had an issue with his use of colour. The palette with which he paints his creations. Films …

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Film Review: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has always been something of an enigma to me. I have always been drawn to it whenever I have seen it: sitting on a shelf, in a TV guide, listed on demand. And yet, for one reason or another I have never committed to it. But last night I …

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Film Review: Paddington

Posted on by 5WC in Film

There is always that uneasy moment when you hear that Hollywood has decided to bring a much loved and cherished childhood character, to the big screen. That split second of panic as visions of happy memories stored locked away are put at risk. As hype overtakes excitement, and rumours turn to anxiety, the pressure of …

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Film Review: Kajaki: The True Story

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There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding, Kajaki: The True Story. People praising it for just how true to life and reflective of modern warfare it is. Proclaiming that it returns the genre back to the exacting painful existence that Hollywood sadly beautified and expanded into hyperrealism over recent years, with offerings like …

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Film Review: On The Road

Posted on by 5WC in Film

There is an expression that it’s better to say nothing at all if you can’t say anything nice; but when it comes to reviewing films that is a little tricky to say the least. Now normally, it’s not a problem, it’s very hard to make a film in which there is nothing good to focus …

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Film Review: This Must Be The Place

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There is an odd peculiarity to This Must Be The Place that attracted me to it, whether it’s the striking image of Sean Penn applying eye-liner, or the unmistakeable foot tapping tones of The Passenger by Iggy Pop, no bad review would stop me from watching this film. For some reason it managed to grab …

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