Category Archives: 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

This beautiful coming-of-age comedy is about a pair of young lovers Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop. After sparking a penpal relationship, they arrange to run away from home on their remote New England island, though only for 10 days. Armed with his scouting enquipment and she with her pet cat and a record player they cope remarkably well Click here to read more…

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Sightseers

This odd dark comedy is the creation of it’s principle performers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. A socially dysfunctional couple (Tina & Chris) head out on their dream caravanning holiday in Britain but their itinerary of museums, beauty spots and heritage sites is interspersed with their newly found appetite to kill those who annoy them! Click here to read more…

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Argo

Widely tipped by many to be a contender for 2013’s Best Film at the Academy, this story (based on true events) tells of an audacious plan to rescue 6 diplomats from a recently revolutionised and dangerous Iran. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) was a real-life CIA operative who was tasked with exfiltrating the six, who had Click here to read more…

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Skyfall

I’m hard pushed to think of any franchise, even Rocky, that has reached number 23 and yet Bond is back for just such gruelling treatment. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was almost not made after MGM hit major financial troubles and had to suspend the project. But today finally saw its general release here Click here to read more…

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Sinister

I recall John Carpenter saying he was surprised that no-one had made a film called Halloween. Likewise, I was quite surprised no-one has made a film called Sinister, especially given the vogue to use bold one word titles! And it could scarily have been a film that was built round a good title without any Click here to read more…

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Berberian Sound Studio

It was a tweet from Mark Kermode that prompted me to check out this film. Perhaps I had my hopes raised too much. Toby Young stars in this horror drama from writer/director Peter Strickland about an English sound operator who gets a big break at an Italian Sound studio making sound FX for a film. Click here to read more…

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Tyrannosaur

This powerful film from Paddy Considine, his debut as writer and director for which he won a BAFTA, tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan) – a man battling with his demons and loosing. His violent reactions are taking a huge toll on him and those who come into contact with him. Hiding from himself he Click here to read more…

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The Dark Knight Rises

The previous film in the Nolan Batman trilogy was called The Dark Knight. Just like it’s title this movie has 25% new additional content and 75% the same old guff. That about sums it up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret having watched the film. But, like a James Bond, the franchise is now Click here to read more…

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Chernobyl Diaries

In late April 1986, I was out camping with my Scout group. Everthing seemed normal, though at the time there was talk in the media that a cloud of radiation was heading towards England from the East. True story. Because at the same time, in the old USSR a nuclear reactor had gone into meltdown at Chernobyl Click here to read more…

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Prometheus

As I was leaving the Imax after watching a midnight showing of Prometheus last night, there was lively, nay angry chatter from some of the audience members. One chap even exclaimed at the top of his voice that the experience had been worse than Star Wars – The Phantom Menace. I was instantly reminded of Click here to read more…

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