As another year draws to a close, we can reflect on 2012 and recognise it as a fantastic year for film, with audiences supporting cinemas in terrific numbers. The staggering box-office success of Avengers Assemble, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II has laid the foundations for a revival of the cinema industry. To follow a year as saga-concluding, record-breaking and Bond-resurrecting as 2012 will be a tough task, but 2013 is abundant with enticing films capable of doing so. 2013 is a year of returning franchise pieces (The Hangover Part III, Fast and Furious 6 and Paranormal Activity 5), Hollywood remakes (Oldboy, Evil Dead and Carrie) and 3D re-releases (Monsters Inc, Jurassic Park and Independence Day). Here are my thirteen most anticipated films for the fast approaching ’13.
Even the most notable actors have roles that are often forgotten and overshadowed by their career defining performances. The acting ability of these actors, particularly in the earlier stages of their careers, has shone through from supporting roles – Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, Robert Downey Jr in A Scanner Darkly and Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction. With Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths approaching with the fantastic actor in a supporting role I take a look at some of his most refined, but lesser known performances. Continue reading The Forgotten Roles of Sam Rockwell
Comic book adaptations are fast becoming the most popular genre in cinema with a plethora of blockbuster releases as well as franchise reboots being developed, such as Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Batman. While the studios are correcting previous mistakes there are a multitude of other fantastic comic book series that have been overlooked and deserve a similar big screen treatment. Here are five recommendations. Continue reading Five Contemporary Comic Book Series that Deserve Big Screen Treatment
The Expendables 2 hits big screens across the UK this week, giving us the perfect excuse to look back at the best action scenes from the careers of its star-studded cast.
NEXT WEEK it could be easy to mistake Falmouth for Cannes, Berlin or Venice as the town sets up for University College Falmouth’s annual Pixelate Film Festival. Created solely by third year students, soon to be graduating from the BA Film course, the festival is a celebration of the recently completed work produced during their studies.
With an increasing number of ways for anyone to express their opinions, the era of the non-professional reviewer has dawned.
Earlier in the year a new website emerged, Letterboxd.com. Never heard of it? That’s understandable, since from its March launch it has remained in a private, invitation-only beta testing status – meaning you need to know someone on the inside to get you in. However, while a sense of exclusivity surrounds its users, it recently became publicly available to view. The website offers a unique platform for those passionate about film to share their opinions in an online community. Its users range from industry professionals and aspiring writers to movie enthusiasts and critics. Having been a beta-tester for the past few months, this rapidly expanding and increasingly addictive film website is altering the shape of film criticism.
As Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is one of the few films to depict the less glamorous lifestyle of a secret agent, I consider how contemporary cinema presents spies and analyse the directorial influence Tomas Alfredson has on his espionage thriller.