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Thursday 31 March 2011, 12:24
I recently blogged about video piracy and on the subject of how to get people to behave in cinemas these days. Here I go through some of your responses and see what you have to say on these spiky subjects.
Friday 25 March 2011, 14:46
This week sees the release of Wake Wood - the second film from the new generation Hammer Studios. It's a creepy, quirky and very British horror movie - but what is the future for Hammer ?
Tuesday 22 March 2011, 16:50
To my horror it was recently announced that Baz Luhrmann would be filming Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby in 3D. In the week that sees Werner Herzog's first foray into the stereoscopic illusion I ask are there some stories that should never ever get the 3D treatment?
Friday 18 March 2011, 11:57
What do you expect when you go to a late night screening of the Farrelly brothers' new comedy Hall Pass in an American multiplex the size of a shopping mall?
Tuesday 15 March 2011, 15:34
I explode one of the dafter myths of movie piracy and explain why the bold release strategies employed on a handful of recent films like Mum and Dad, On Tour and now Route Irish definitely represent the way forward.
Friday 11 March 2011, 15:51
You came back with a shedload of insightful comments on my recent blogs about Get Carter and writing as a subject for films. I sift through a selection of the best and brightest...
Tuesday 8 March 2011, 14:58
The latest Shakespearean epic hits the screens in the form of The Tempest, complete with Helen Mirren as Prospera, 'Blake's Seven'
costumes, fiery hounds and ghostly apparitions. It has some distinguished predecessors - but which adaptation of the bard is the best?
Friday 4 March 2011, 16:59
In a week of cinematic surprises - Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins is now an actual film that actually features the actual voice of Stephen Fry while on the far side of the moon the Iron Sky invasion is about to begin...
Monday 28 February 2011, 18:09
For all my Inception rejection dejection, there was one joyous highlight in an academy awards notable otherwise only for a slip of the tongue. Plus, how did you do on the Kermode Awards challenge?
Friday 25 February 2011, 16:52
How do you write for film? Not how do you write scripts, but how do you make someone look good when they are writing on film? In a new movie about the trial surrounding the first performance and publication of Allen Ginsberg's epic beat culture poem Howl, James Franco shows us one version. In Terry...
Tuesday 22 February 2011, 15:41
But there are not just the Academy Award predictions to consider... who and what are to be blessed with those all important Kermodes?
Friday 18 February 2011, 17:11
Besides a magical rapport with a camera, what else do Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Curtis Hanson, Ron Howard, Nicolas Roeg and even Timur Bekmambetov have in common with Academy Award nominee Wally Pfister, the brilliant cinematographer who makes Christopher Nolan...
Tuesday 15 February 2011, 14:33
How to present a British Academy of Film and Television Award
Friday 11 February 2011, 16:45
Forty years ago, movie star Michael Caine, playwright and actor John Osborne, Swedish siren Britt Ekland, and a who's who of British character actors were brought together under Mike Hodges' clean direction to create a very fine gangster movie indeed. As gritty and downbeat as the Ted Lewis novel...
Wednesday 9 February 2011, 11:13
In his new take on Brighton Rock, director Rowan, son of Roland, JoffÃ© has shifted the setting forward in time to the early 1960s. A stellar cast that includes Sam Riley, Angela Riseborough and Helen Mirren (not to mention the great Phil Davis) look fantastic in the seedy seaside setting. But isn...
Friday 4 February 2011, 11:38
The nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards have been revealed and, as usual, they don't make much sense.
Tuesday 1 February 2011, 13:17
Star Wars. Is that the name of a film or a spoiler? Is something I say still a spoiler if by not mentioning it at all I have given you no idea what the film I'm reviewing is about? Is this spoiler business now completely out of hand?
Friday 28 January 2011, 14:58
My recent blog on the meaning of the NC17 and my fulsome encomium to the earlier works of Colin "Oscar" Firth set many of your digits a- tippity-tapping and now it's time for me to review your welcome outpourings.
Tuesday 25 January 2011, 11:47
The Coen brothers' True Grit starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon may be regarded as a variant on Henry Hathaway's True Grit starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell, but as far as I'm concerned it is something much more than a remake. So just what is it that distinguishes a fine new retelling of...
Friday 21 January 2011, 11:17
Who would have thought playing an old King with a stutter would do so much for a chap's career? But while he may be the imperial flavour of the month, as far as I'm concerned Colin Firth has always been a class act.
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