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Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview

Being Paid to Watch Movies: The Dream Job?

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March 4, 2015

Anyone who knows me or has read my blog will know that I am a devout cinephile. I adore films and all the creativity and magic that goes into making them. So while I worked as the Entertainment Deputy Managing Editor I was, essentially, paid to watch new movies and then to write what I… Read More ›

Danny, Nicholas and two cornets

Hot Fuzz: Shaun of the Dead Remix?

Now that the Cornetto trilogy has come to an end, it is a little saddening to watch the trio of  films. Starting with Shaun of the Dead, moving to Hot Fuzz and ending with The World’s End the latter two can be seen as  remixes of the first yet, despite that lump in the throat,… Read More ›

South Africa Nelson Mandel House

The World Versus the USA

Sitting here in my temporary abode watching Daniel Craig in his first outing as 007, a film I first saw with a young inmate from the prison where I was working who was out on his first community visit, I had a brief thought about traveling done recently and realized that the world, in terms… Read More ›

23 Minutes to Sunrise (2012): A Old Fashioned Sort of Film

23 Minutes to Sunrise (2012): A Old Fashioned Sort of Film

This small budget feature uses a lot of local talent to tell its tale, except for the presence of Eric Roberts who plays a sinister, or at least rather nasty, character who shows up at a diner 23 minutes to sunrise. Roberts’ does nothing outside of his normal range, but damn it, what he does… Read More ›

Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview

The Interview Movie: Giving the Finger to Kim Jong-un

I will be very honest here, I adore Seth Rogen and James Franco as a team and in The Interview movie, where they give the finger, or more accurately a tank round, to Kim Jong-un these two prove yet again, just how good they are together. Long introductory sentences aside, the point about the film… Read More ›

The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch is Quirky British Hero (Review)

The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch is Quirky British Hero (Review) The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch as the quirky British war hero Alan Turing is a fascinating film, it strives to be somewhat autobiographical in nature, while it gives a truncated version of Turing’s contribution to the mastering of the Nazi code machine Enigma. The… Read More ›

The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg Leaves Audience Dumbfounded and Depressed

The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg Leaves Audience Dumbfounded and Depressed Mark Wahlberg is Jim Bennett in this remake of the 1974 James Caan film The Gambler and as directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) this version leaves the audience dumbfounded, depressed and not a little confused. Like the original… Read More ›

Into the Woods: Disney Does Broadway Beautifully (Review and Trailer)

Into the Woods: Disney Does Broadway Beautifully (Review and Trailer) Having never seen any stage version of this Stephen Sondheim musical it is much easier to take this big screen adaptation of Into the Woods at face value and while Disney does do Broadway beautifully, the film, for all its hype and fan excitement, does… Read More ›

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie Tribute to Olympic POW (Review and Trailer)

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie Tribute to Olympic POW (Review and Trailer) The Angelina Jolie tribute to an Olympic WWII POW in her film Unbroken, can either be seen as a patriotic salute to one man’s incredible spirit and refusal to give in under the most extreme of pressures. Or it could be an overlong attempt to… Read More ›

‘Big Eyes’ Amy Adams Paints In Secret (Review and Trailer)

‘Big Eyes’ Amy Adams Paints In Secret (Review and Trailer) In Tim Burton’s latest effort, Big Eyes, there is no sign of Johnny Depp and instead Amy Adams paints in secret as Margaret Keane while Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane takes credit for the the big eyed children in his wife’s paintings. This true tale… Read More ›

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