Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars The Force Awakens

It was 1996 and I was five years old when my father took me to the cinema for the very first time to watch Star Wars: A New Hope at a little cinema in Lakeside, Essex. It was the single greatest thing I ever saw, and to this day no film has ever quite filled me with the same sense of pure joy and wonder. So you can imagine my excitement as the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hit my laptop screen this afternoon. With a new director at the helm in J.J Abrams, fans all held their breath as they hoped he could find the same chemistry that made the original 1970’s trilogy the most far out, exciting space adventure since man stepped foot on the moon. And it seems the early signs are promising… Continue reading

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Film Masterclass: Paul Thomas Anderson

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We can’t wait for the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film Inherent Vice, where he’s teamed up with Joaquin Phoenix for an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. So we’ve collected some of the directors finest interviews from all over the web, to give you an insight into his filmmaking process.

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Trailer: American Sniper

Here is the brand new trailer for ‘American Sniper’ – In UK cinemas Jan 16th, 2015 – directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper. Here’s what we know so far…

Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.

Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter…

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Nightcrawler: Review

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the sadistic, voyeur photographer Lou Bloom in this classic L.A. thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal lost 30 pounds to play the lead character of Lou Bloom, a thief turned ambulance-chasing photographer who perseveres to leave his blood stained mark on L.A.’s journalism world. Bloom’s moral compass is guided by the advice he receives at the beginning of the film, “If it bleeds, it leads,” as he deceives and manipulates his way to owning a successful TV business. Gyllenhaal plays the role with all the unnerving attributes of 2007’s No Country For Old Men villain Anton Chigur coupled with the sociopathic tendencies of Travis Bickle from Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. This is a fantastic portrayal of a marginalized loner on the fringes of society. Continue reading

Interstellar: Review

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“Christopher Nolan takes on other galaxies in his ambitious sci-fi space adventure.”

Nolan embarks on his first feature after the huge success of the Batman franchise, which cemented his place as one of the greatest directors of his generation. Here Nolan returns to the twisting plotlines of his last (Batman-less) feature ‘Inception,’ but this time he has tried to ground his grand adventure in a human story of a father’s unrelenting will to see his daughter again. However, like Inception Nolan revels in making his narrative scientifically plausible, he is obsessed in grounding his sweeping intergalactic storyline in reality.  At the core of the film, if you stop trying to wrestle with the physics lessons about relativity, is a storyline where Nolan is testing the limits of ‘love,’ a concept that has no scientific boundaries and is devoid of logic. Nolan was recently quoted as saying the story is an exploration of “What happens when scientists bump up against these things that defy easy characterisation and analysis — things like love,” but unfortunately its not until the last third of the film where this becomes the focus and the film gets lost in it’s own cleverness at times.

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