Yearly Archives: 2015

Film Review: 21

Posted on by 5WC in Film

I think it’s fair to say that however multicultural and diverse the film industry may be, the overriding geography that comes straight to mind when you think of mainstream movies is America and more specifically Hollywood. Which means that gambling and it’s portrayal on screen becomes a strange juxtaposition of illicit taboo and acceptable secret …

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Film Review: Love Is Strange

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I remember hearing nothing but good things about Love Is Strange. I even vaguely recall that it was released at around the time as another, more box office, love story and in the same way that The Duke of Burgundy was highlighted above 50 Shades Of Grey as being the better dominance movie, Love Is …

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Film Review: Jurassic World

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So, this is essentially the biggest film, in my life, in recent years. What is, for want of a better description, part 4 in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World is the one film that I have been waiting for this year more than any other. I fell in love with the big screen, and …

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Film Review: The Bling Ring

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It’s been a very long time since I have detested a film quite as much as The Bling Ring. Honestly, I truly struggle to think of any redeeming feature in it, everything about it: the plot, the characters, the tone, is just wrong. Granted, I’m probably not its target audience, after all I don’t care …

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Film Review: Inside I’m Dancing

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To a lot of people movies, cinema and films just evoke imagery of franchised Hollywood blockbusters. Computer generated worlds funded by massive budgets and populated with a handful of seemingly removed from reality superstars. But they are missing out on so much. On the films that feel independent of Hollywood. That look rural to the …

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Film Review: Gattaca

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I listen to two film podcasts, one from the writers of Empire Magazine and one from the BBC presented by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, lovingly known as Wittertainment. The BBC’s flagship film podcast includes a “TV Film Of The Week” feature, which as an almost running joke, is usually a film being broadcast at …

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Book Review: The Night Manager by John Le Carré

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Having only recently discovered the true delights of reading a book from cover to cover I have turned into something of a literacy sponge, soaking up anything and everything, picking recommendations from family members, social media and even celebrities; if someone I like, trust or follow says they enjoyed a book, chances are I’ll add …

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Film Review: Up In The Air

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When you watch a lot of films, as I do, it becomes apparent that you weave from title to title primarily by director or actor more than genre. There are, of course, times when you’ll simply be in the mood for a comedy, or a thriller, or a bit of action but primarily, it’s a …

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Film Review: 50/50

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When it comes to finding a topic with which to poke fun at and use as a foundation for a comedy Cancer is probably not going to spring straight to mind. In fact, I’d even bet that there are people out there who feel that it should be constantly off limits, that it is wrong …

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Film Review: Danny Collins

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You’re a musician and John Lennon writes you a letter. Only he doesn’t know where you live, so he posts it to a mutual address to be passed onto you, only this is an actual letter from actual John Lennon, so it’s kept, hidden, instead of delivered and 40 years pass before it finally reaches …

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