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A pile of cliches assembled with all the creative flair of an IKEA catalogue.

Review: The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg's drama demonstrates how a single word can destroy a life. Devastating brilliant. Brilliantly devastating.

Review: Great Expectations

Do we need another adaptation of Dickens' novel? Mike Newell's cracking young cast convince us we do.

Review: End of Watch

It's not a good cop movie, or a bad cop movie - it's a really, really good cop movie.

Review: Sighteers

Ben Wheatley's new film is Natural Born Caravanners - and suffers from all the problems that title suggests.

Rust and Bone

It’s like watching a French Free Willy. The whale never escapes. The trainer loses her legs. Everyone stays miserable. But this is strangely uplifting stuff.

James Bond Cupcakes

We celebrate Bond's 50th the only one way we know how: with some 007 cupcakes.

Skyfall review

Skyfall isn't a Bond movie. It's a movie about Bond. And that's something very special indeed.


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Advent Calendar 2012: Now That's What I Call Christmas Movie Music! (2000s) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 16:25

A few weeks ago I set myself a daunting challenge: to work out the 10 best Christmas movie soundtracks of all time for Den of Geek. Along the way, I discovered that I had a huge soft spot for Love Actually's soundtrack. More a compilation of pop songs than actual Christmas compositions, it's an album that guarantees to put me in a seasonal mood.


But it's not just Richard Curtis' cheesy jukebox that has become a firm festive favourite. It turns out that the noughties had quite a few good Christmas movie soundracks. The best of all? Not Elf's jazzy medley of carols, but Alan Silvestri's score for The Polar Express. So if you share my love of Bill Nighy stripping, Zooey Deschanel singing or Tom Hanks struggling to come up with words that rhyme with "express", here's our final Advent Calendar playlist.


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Previous Christmas playlists:

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1940s/50s/60s

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1980s

Christmas movie soundtracks from the 1990s



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LFF: Taking Woodstock Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 26 October 2009 20:57
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Demetri Martin, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber
Certificate: TBC

It's not easy being an interior designer. Especially when you live with your parents run-down motel in White Lake. Putting bleach in the swimming pool, leaving semi-dirty sheets; these are the chores that make up the life of Elliot Tiber (Martin). Frustrated and repressed, he renews a $1 license to stage his yearly music festival (a few LPs on the lawn). Little does he know that he'll bring about a concert that will define a generation.

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LFF: 127 Hours Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:45
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco

How do you follow up an Oscar for Best Film? Chop James Franco's arm off is how. 127 Hours is the true story of climber Aaron Ralston (Franco), who enjoyed hopping around Utah canyons in 2003 until he found himself the wrong side of a massive rock.

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The Official BFI LFF Toilet Quiz! Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 24 October 2010 15:09

In honour of this year's London Film Festival (and on the day of its Surprise Film) we wanted to give you the biggest surprise we could. So surprise! Here's a quiz about toilets.

Yes, toilets. The stop-gap, start point and end point of many a film. Especially if you've just forced your bladder to restrain itself through the whole of Carlos. But after a fortnight of LFF-ing, how well do you know your London cinemas? Do you have a capital knowledge of the underbelly of the city's most thriving film venues? Where do you flush away your popcorn?

It's simple: we've picked six top LFF washrooms. See the bog, name the building*. The BFI LFF Official Toilet Quiz! And no, American Express would never affiliate themselves with this kind of crap.


* Answers are displayed in magical writing beneath each picture.

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Raindance Review: A Thousand Kisses Deep Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:55
A Thousand Kisses Deep Raindance

"And sometimes when the night is slow, the wretched and the meek, we gather up our hearts and go a thousand kisses deep."

There's nothing like a bit of Leonard Cohen to put you in the mood for some doomed romance. But Dana Lustig's drama is a bit more than that. Following the attempts of Mia (Jodie Whittaker) to untangle her relationship with Ludwig (Dougray Scott) from her troubled past, A Thousand Kisses Deep plays like a cross between psychoanalysis and Dr Who. With Dougray Scott playing the trumpet. And David Warner playing Dr Who. 

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