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  • Review: Big River Man – Swim Fan

    Review: Big River Man – Swim Fan

    15th January 2010 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    Director:           John Maringouin

    Starring:            Martin Strel, Borut Strel

    He's an overweight 53 year old man who used to be a professional gambler. He now teaches flamenco guitar for a living. He regularly drinks and drives, eats horse burgers, and spends his days in underground caves learning how to think like an animal. He is also 'the world's last superhero'. Meet Martin Strel, aka Big River Man.

    Strel is hardly the most...

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  • Review: An Education – A-Grade

    Review: An Education – A-Grade

    10th November 2009 | 1 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    Director:         Lone Scherfig

    Starring:         Carey Mulligan - Jenny

                            Peter Sarsgaard - David

                            Alfred Molina - Jack

    Let's start with the bad. Carey Mulligan's Jenny is just slightly too self-assured and forthright for a sixteen year old. The lurch from light-hearted to a darker tone midway through the film is marginally clumsy. And the running time is about 5 minutes too long: the ending grates somewhat and fractionally undermines that which...

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  • The Invention of Lying – Test of faith

    The Invention of Lying – Test of faith

    23rd October 2009 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    Director:            Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

    Starring:            Ricky Gervais - Mark Bellison; Jennifer Garner - Anna McDoogles; Louis C.K. - Greg

    It is naturally implied that all critics, in whatever their chosen field, exercise impartial judgments in their analyses and are able to put personal prejudice and preconceptions aside. It is also the case that, equally naturally, this does not always happen. No matter how hard one tries - and perhaps...

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  • Review: Vinyan – Wash Out

    Review: Vinyan – Wash Out

    1st October 2009 | 1 comments | 1 person likes this

    Director:         Fabrice Du Welz

    Starring:         Emmanuelle Béart - Jeanne Bellmer; Rufus Sewell - Paul Bellmer

    One would think it almost impossible that a film which follows the journey of grieving parents into a remote Burmese jungle to find their lost son - washed away 6 months previously by the 2004 tsunami - could fail to elicit any emotion from its viewer, and so it is something of a disastrous achievement...

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  • Review: Just Another Love Story – Noir de vivre

    Review: Just Another Love Story – Noir de vivre

    1st October 2009 | 1 comments | 1 person likes this

    Director:         Ole Bornedal

    Starring:         Anders W. Berthelsen - Jonas; Rebecka Hemse - Julia; Charlotte Fich - Mette

    'Beautiful women and a mystery. Isn't that how all film noirs begin?' This observation, made early on by our leading man's confident, not-so-subtly clues us in on that which we are about to see. And although in itself it is more thriller than mystery, it certainly manages to more than hold its own in...

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  • Review: The Soloist – Strung Up

    Review: The Soloist – Strung Up

    29th September 2009 | 1 comments | 1 person likes this

    Director: Joe Wright

    Starring: Robert Downey Jr. - Steve Lopez; Jamie Foxx - Nathaniel Ayers

    It would be crass to try and draw a parallel between The Soloist’s schizophrenic homeless cellist Nathaniel Ayers and the movie itself, but Joe Wright’s latest creation certainly does exhibit the signs of cinematic bipolarity. At times the film hits all the right notes, with moving scenes played out by its two excellent leads, but just as...

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  • Julian Gilbey exclusive interview: British director talks ‘Reckoning Day’

    Julian Gilbey exclusive interview: British director talks ‘Reckoning Day’

    14th September 2009 | 1 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    British director Julian Gilbey, best known for his 2007 film Rise of the Footsolider, finally sees his directorial debut, Reckoning Day, released on DVD next week. An ultra-violent action movie made on a shoestring budget, Reckoning Day was completed in 2002 – so it’s been a long time coming.
    As a film it is certainly flawed: bearing the hallmarks of a director who, by his own admission, was looking to experiment...

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  • The Hurt Locker – Film Review

    The Hurt Locker – Film Review

    1st September 2009 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    “War is a force that gives us meaning. War is a drug.” The truth of these words, written by author and war correspondent Chris Hedges, that are used to open The Hurt Locker becomes evident mere minutes into its viewing, and further reveals itself as the piece progresses. Heartbeats quicken, muscles tighten, breathing shallows. And that’s just the viewer.

    Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war action/drama is so replete with tension that no...

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  • A Draw for all Quarters: Champions League reaction

    A Draw for all Quarters: Champions League reaction

    28th August 2009 | 0 comments | 0 votes yet, click here to agree or disagree

    It’s been a difficult summer for the Premier League’s ‘Big Four’. Transfer spending is markedly down on last summer as the credit crunch has bitten, three of their number have lost key players to rivals both domestic and abroad, and their very existence as the elite has been thrown into question by Manchester’s nouveau riche and, whisper it, Tottenham. Yet today’s Champions League draw in Monaco should have given them...

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Joel Gregory

Having offered his (usually unsolicited) critiques on all things cinematic in fact all things in general - from an early age, since leaving the comfortable confines of higher education in June Joel has been attempting to reach a wider audience with his appraisals. Writing primarily about the ups and downs of modern cinema, while also turning his musings to his other great passion sport Joel attempts to engage, entertain and inform (if at all possible).

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