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Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans
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Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

Motorsport. Meh. There was an acute sense of apathy around all aspects of racing for this writer; Sunday morning memories of watching cars go round and round and round made lie-ins all the more appealing. Notice the past tense. Steve McQueen, on the other hand, has always had me hooked. His legacy in cinema is […]

Scene Stealer: Oldboy (2003)
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Scene Stealer: Oldboy (2003)

Dae su Oh (Min-sik Choi) is imprisoned in an makeshift cell without any clue as to why or who is responsible. Over 15 years he trains himself, improving his strength and pain threshold, whilst live octopus provides the protein. Finally, upon his release he receives a series of baiting clues […]

TRAILER PARK: Murder on the Orient Express
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TRAILER PARK: Murder on the Orient Express

It seems Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express – his all star production of the Agatha Christie crime classic – is building up a full head of steam before its release on the 3rd November.  Though the new trailer and poster for the film don’t give much away, they […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week ……
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‘Sound bite’ of the week ……

‘Fans LOVE the movie. Critics HATE it. What a glaring disconnect. People just want to laugh & have fun.’     Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tweets his reaction to the critical panning, and ‘reported’ less than impressive box office opening, for his big screen take on cult TV show Baywatch. […]

The Shepherd (2016)
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The Shepherd (2016)

It was Wall Street‘s Gordon Gecko who infamously said ‘Greed is good’. While this simple message is enough to drive ambitious people to success, others can end up very easily driven to madness. Spanish filmmaker Jonathan Cenzual Burley incorporates this concept to devastating effect in his third film, which won Best […]

My Life as a Courgette (2016)
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My Life as a Courgette (2016)

When a debut animated feature by Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras was nominated alongside Disney and a co-production with Studio Ghibli in this year’s Academy Awards, it raised a few eyebrows. But with a screenplay by Girlhood director Céline Sciamma, this short yet sweet debut is a surprising coming-of-age film. Based […]

Baywatch (2017)
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Baywatch (2017)

There was hope Baywatch would be another meta-infused, smart-yet-silly TV show remake in the mould of the Jump Street movies. Sadly, this hackneyed reboot doesn’t even come close to matching the admittedly high bar set by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Instead, it takes everything beloved about one of the […]

The Hippopotamus (2017)
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The Hippopotamus (2017)

Upper-class pomposity and dry, blistering, scathing verbal attacks abound in the adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 The Hippopotamus – not a tale of the large herbivorous mammal but a witty detective exposition that has Fry’s voice screaming from every orifice, making it hard to separate Fry and it’s lead, Roger […]

‘Sound Bite’ of the week…
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‘Sound Bite’ of the week…

‘Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans, who conducted his own investigation into the assassination of Kennedy, invited me, along with a couple of FBI agents, to his office to view some film.’ ‘I am not at liberty to disclose what I saw but it left no doubt in […]