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Includes cinema reviews and trailers for upcoming films. A digest of the best and worst interviews on movies and cinema.

Portals of Light, Portals of Dark: The Yin and Yang of Contact (1997) and Event Horizon (1997)

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EVERY now and then, Hollywood comes up with a good concept, and then competing studios rush to ruthlessly exploit it. Remember the summer of 1998, and dueling asteroid pictures Armageddon and Deep Impact?

Or 1988, the year of the … READ ON

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Piña Colliding: Yes, Rupert Holmes’ 1979 Hit Can Make Every Movie Better

ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes is great and it should be in every movie.”

So writes Carol Hartsell and Sean Crespo in an introduction to their Tumblr Piña Colliding. For those of you not au … READ ON

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


8 Reasons Why Every Movie Needs A Theme Song

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A LOT of people make a lot of films, but sadly not all those films have kick-ass theme songs. This is a crying shame – AN ENORMOUSLY CRYING SHAME – because in an ideal world every film ever made … READ ON

Posted: 18th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nine Things You Didn’t Need To Know About Bill & Ted

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TODAY marks the 25th anniversary of the original release of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, inarguably the best time-travelling-slackers-in-a-phonebox movie ever. Here are nine wholly unnecessary but non-bogus knowledge-bombs:

 

A BAND ON THE SOUNDTRACK DOESN’T EXIST

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Posted: 17th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Succeed With Brunettes And Blondes Prefer Gentlemen: 1967 US Navy Guides To Etiquette And Women

IN 1967, the Us Government taught the men How to Succeed with Brunettes. Produced by the US Navy, the film was aimed at the officer classes. Never agin would they fail in the brunette etiquette tests. 

The holiday camp … READ ON

Posted: 16th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Because They All Look The Same: London Paper Mistakes Dwight Henry For Chiwetel Ejiofor

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IN this episode of ‘They all look alike regardless of facial features, height, age, skin tones, hair voices and bodies’ the Lambeth Weekender salutes Forest Gate’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for his work on the film 12 Years A Slave.… READ ON

Posted: 13th, February 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When You Wish Upon A Star: Exploring the Spirituality of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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THE second-highest grossing film of 1977 (right behind George Lucas’s Star Wars) was Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind, a science fiction film concerning mankind’s first official contact with alien life-forms.

Close Encounter’s narrative also involves the … READ ON

Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stairway To Heaven? Six Genre Movies That Depict The After-Life

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THE greatest unanswered question of human life is, paradoxically, about death.

What follows our duration on this mortal coil?… READ ON

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Childhood’s End: The Five Most Terrifying Movies Made From A Child’s Perspective

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ALFRED Hitchcock once remarked that every person understands fear, because everyone was once a child.  “After all,” he declared, “weren’t we all afraid as children?”.

According to the authors of Monsters under the Bed and READ ON

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


12 Stupendous Movie Tagline Fails

THEY had one job. Just write a single sentence about a movie.  It’s not quantum physics. After millions of dollars spent and many months of filming and editing, it comes down to the humble tagline writer to simply scrawl a … READ ON

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Three Hats For Lisa: Swinging London And Sid James Gives The Greatest Musical Performance In Cinema History

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IS this the greatest musical performance in cinema history?

Joe Brown, French-born Sophie Hardy (who played the eponymous Lisa Milan), Sid James, Una Stubbs and Dave Nelson hit the big screen – in colour – with the 1964 release … READ ON

Posted: 5th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


“They’re Dead. They’re All Messed Up” – How George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead Recreates the Unrest of 1968

THE AMC original TV series Mad Men (2007 – ) set its latest season against a disquieting historical backdrop: the turbulent events of the year 1968.

Specifically, Matthew Weiner’s award-winning period drama book-ended the season with allusions to two classic … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman Rock Three Parts In The Fifteen Minute Hamlet

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IN 1995, Philip Seymour Hoffman played Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes in Todd Louiso’s 1995 version of Tom Stoppard’s 1976 play The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Stoppard has enjoyed a hit with his Hamlet spin-off Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. READ ON

Posted: 2nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Back To The Future: Once An Awful Film, Now Set To Be An Awful Musical

HATE to break it to you ’80s nostalgiaists, but Back To The Future sucks. Basically, the whole story is about a boy who looks like he’s thirty, getting his own way like some brat, nearly getting off with his mum, … READ ON

Posted: 31st, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Hobbit: 10 Guaranteed Improvements

THE Hobbit is a long-winded, grinding, ego-driven borefest. But it can be improved. The sequel could be better. Here are 10 Tips:

 

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Posted: 27th, January 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Quentin Tarantino Ditches ‘Hateful Eight’ Thanks To Script Leak

UH-OH. Quentin Tarantino is declaring war on Hollywood after someone leaked the script for ‘Hateful Eight’. Only six people have seen the script itself, and Quentin is naming names. Bruce Dern is one and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ stars Tim Roth and … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Devil Baby’ Spooks Unsuspecting New Yorkers

RECENTLY, a few well-meaning New Yorkers stopped to check on a crying baby in an abandoned stroller and got seriously spooked when a hideous demonic baby shot straight up from beneath the blankets.… READ ON

Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hey Hey! It’s The Razzies! Grown-Ups 2 Could Sweep The Board

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TOO frequently, the world of entertainment is very willing to pat itself on the back and gush all over itself about just how wonderful it has been all year.

However, with the shade that is the grisly business of … READ ON

Posted: 15th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British Board of Film Classification Gets All Wussy Over Horror Films

 

WITH cinema a feeble force in today’s world of Grab What You Want, When You Want It media, it seems those in charge are determined to make it all even weaker.

Cinema’s make you leave the house, sell you … READ ON

Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Film, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


As Hitler’s Boxer Said To The Actress: Silent Anny Ondra Was Hitchcock’s Star Of Britain’s First ‘Talkie’

IN1929 almost everyone in the British film industry was convinced that the newfangled talking films would be nothing but a flash in the pan. But as the director Michael Powell once said of that time, “some flash, some pan”. Hitchcock … READ ON

Posted: 12th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tom Mix Was Hollywood’s Original Cowboy Tough Guy (Photo)

TOM Mix – January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940 – was an American silent film actor who starred in hundreds of films.

 

 

*  In all, he made 336 feature films, produced 88, wrote 71 and directed 117.

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Are Disney ‘Gender Bigots’? Meryl Streep Thinks So…

DISNEY are a problematic bunch at the best of times, and unfortunately for them, they’ve been very successful and for a long, long time, which means they’re subject to the kind of scrutiny that not many other organisations are.

Tough … READ ON

Posted: 9th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Film, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Proof: DVD Covers Are Rubbish

IT’S UNFORGIVABLE  to squander excellent source material in favour of garbage.  Anyone who read World War Z and saw the film can vouch for that.  Well, the same sad fact is true for most DVD covers.  An excellent movie poster … READ ON

Posted: 8th, January 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Baftas 2014 Nominations Are Announced!

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2014’s Bafta film nominations have been announced, which is particularly good news for London’s cocaine dealers as they prep themselves for one of their busiest awards of the year.

Leading the pack is Gravity with 11 nominations and true stories … READ ON

Posted: 8th, January 2014 | In: Film, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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