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Toronto film festival unearths Oscar bait – the 5 most exciting offerings

The 2015 Toronto film festival was, as usual, expected to unearth much of this year’s Oscar bait but after drawing to a close it appeared to prove a bit of a disappointment for those involved. Tiff, which was celebrating its 40th birthday, was not quite the shining event that attendees were hoping for with Hitfix’s Gregory Ellwood saying “This was not the 40th edition of the ‘Festival of … Continue reading Toronto film festival unearths Oscar bait – the 5 most exciting offerings

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Experience a visual journey of childhood innocence in ‘The History Student’

Irish film director Graham Jones (The Randomers) explores childhood innocence and cultural upbringing in his latest feature The History Student. A blend of documentary and drama, The History Student follows Jones’s young son Aidan (known in the film as Filomonek) who is visiting his grandfather’s forest hut in rural Poland. Forced to speak only Polish whilst there, The History Student explores what it’s like for children … Continue reading Experience a visual journey of childhood innocence in ‘The History Student’

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Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

Paul Feig’s latest foray into female-centric comedy, Spy, is a comedy masterpiece full of feisty female characters. If you want to see gender roles turned on their heads look no further, for once the women take the lead and the men are pretty much just there to look good. Melissa McCarthy smashes stereotypes playing a feisty, sassy, sexy and intelligent female spy who outshines her male contemporaries … Continue reading Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing

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Watching Alien for the First Time

Damn, they don’t make them like this anymore! After years of being a horror fanatic I’d put off watching Alien because of how dated it looked. Never much of a sci-fi fan it just didn’t have any appeal. But after finding a boxset containing all the Alien and Predator films it seemed as good a time as any to get watching. One thing is obvious … Continue reading Watching Alien for the First Time

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When horror lost a legend

This bank holiday weekend brought saddening news for horror fans. Wes Craven, horror legend, passed away. Horror has officially lost a legend. Wes Craven was a master of horror, directing some fantastic classics in his time with one of the most unique and intelligent perspectives that horror has ever seen. He was at the helm of massively revered film franchises like A Nightmare on Elm … Continue reading When horror lost a legend

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Review of Indie Drama Prallax

Set in the 80s Parallax tells the story of Abbot Allen as he attempts to develop a device to change the way people communicate. He dreams of a future where the world is connected by technology and no one has to be alone again. Parallax is a clever drama that explores how technology can simultaneously bring people together and drive them apart. As Abbot slowly … Continue reading Review of Indie Drama Prallax

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Review of Midlands Based Indie Comedy A Dozen Summers

Maisie and Daisy McCormack are just two normal twelve year old girls struggling with the ups and downs of growing up. And what better way to contemplate adulthood and growing up than hijack a filmmaker and make a movie about it? A Dozen Summers is an ingenious independent film that explores coming of age from the perspective of two twelve year old girls and the results are hilariously accurate. … Continue reading Review of Midlands Based Indie Comedy A Dozen Summers