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Up

It will come as no surprise to learn that Pixar’s latest cinematic offering is outstanding. In fact it is hard to convey in words just how brilliant Up really is,…

Final Cut at Komedia

Walking down into a dark basement in Komedia, I had a vague impression of walking into a seedy underground bar. After checking that I had indeed walked into a showing…

The Invention of Lying

In an alternate world where everyone tells the absolute truth and has no concept of falsehood, one man, Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) discovers that he can lie. Initially there is…

(3) Films of Summer

Yes, apparently summer 2009 has finished! Already! Mental. Here are three very good films from that short, largely cold and rainy period, which you may have missed:

No monkeying around here

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film Three Monkeys is beautiful and captivating. Set in the dusty, hectic Turkish city Istanbul, the rushing trains and the honking cars lay in contrast to the…

A Royal Success

I am sat in the rather grand and glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kensington. There is enough marble and gold here to please even the most luxurious of people, so…

Are you interested in film making?

Well, if you are, this is the right article to read! The Brighton Filmmakers Coalition (BFC) is a hub for the local film making community. It is a chance for…

Who watches the Watchmen?

It’s taken over 20 years for Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel to reach the silver screen but Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the superhero epic doesn’t disappoint. Watchmen has gone through…

Classy

The Class is a compelling film based on the autobiographical novel by Francois Begaudeau about a teacher working at a school in the poor suburbs of Paris where cultural and…

The Oscars 2009 …a year for true winners

“Too commercial and too much focused on the Hollywood star system…” This is how many people often find the Academy Awards. Besides Britain becoming the focus of these awards (Slumdog…

Brighton Sees film

The launch event for this year’s See Festival was a showing of a feature-length documentary made by two local film-makers, Corinna McFarlane and Robert Cannan. The subect was Sweden’s No…

“Dances with Love”- a night of short films

The latest “Futureshorts” medley seems to have been scheduled to avoid mainstream audiences- well, families, the elderly, and those who have to clock in early the next morning- as it’s…

Gus Van Sant

I’m sitting in the basement of the Soho Hotel, having chosen to sit in a huge red leather chair, opposed to the huge cow hide one I could have sat…

Defiance

Review: Defiance, 15, 137 mins. Director: Edward Zwick Starring: Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell The story of Defiance is a remarkable one, and the fact that it’s true only serves to…

Seven Pounds

Review: Seven Pounds, 12a, 123 mins. Director: Gabriele Muccino Starring: Will Smith,Woody Harrelson, Rosario Dawson Seven Pounds is a thought provoking film, though it may not capture you entirely whilst…

Slumdog hits the jackpot

Review: Slumdog Millionaire, 15, 120 mins. Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoo, Irfan Khan, Madur Mittal Looking at his CV, Danny Boyle hasn’t been the most typical of…

Film (Brighton arts this year…)

There seems to be a bit of a remake mania in 2009. Not only is Hitchcock’s The Birds being redone, but Ridley Scott is revisiting the Robin Hood classic, this…

Valkyrie

Review: Valkyrie, 12A, 120 mins Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Brannagh Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard Valkyrie tells the story of the 1944 German attempt to over…

Australia

Review: Australia, 12A, 165 mins Director: Baz Lurhman Starring: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman You may have read, heard, or seen reviews of Australia which make it out to be a…

The Reader

With “that speech” by Kate Winslet recently becoming the stuff of national debate, The Reader has certainly had its fair share of publicity this new year. Adapted from the novel…