Review; Trouble with the Curve

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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Rust and Bone Interview: Marion Cotillard (BFI Screen Talk) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 02 November 2012 08:04
Marion Cotillard interview

MarryMe Cotillard is amazing. That's a fact. Just like robots are cool and Yorkies are not for girls. But some people out there don’t share my fanatical adoration of MarryMe. Some of them don’t even pronounce her name right. They call her “Marion” Cotillard instead.

Well, good news, fellow Cotillardians: MarryMe is back in cinemas this week in Jacques Audiard’s rather uplifting anti-romance Rust and Bone. It premiered in the UK at the London Film Festival last month and, after tolerating thousands of people screaming her name incorrectly on the Rust and Bone red carpet, MarryMe took part in a Screen Talk at the BFI.

Effectively a two-hour Marion Cotillard interview, the Q and A session reminded me once again how utterly adorable she is.

Here are 10 reasons why...

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Movie Cupcakes: The Hobbit (and Lord of the Rings - sort of) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:28

The Hobbit cupcakes

This year marks a return to the Christmas traditions of old. The Christmas traditions that said we could skip all the Eastenders repeats on BBC One and go and live in Middle-Earth for four hours - and then, after coming out for a toilet break, run straight back in for another four hours. But with The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's more determined than ever to extend our stay, to the point where six chapters of a tiny kids book now go on for two hours and 40 minutes.

So, you're stuck in Middle-Earth, surrounded by bits and bobs from The Lord of the Rings Appendices, and you've run out of things to eat. Do you eat your cinema ticket? Chew your own leg off? How about nibbling on Gandalf's hat? Or swallowing the ring and cutting out another 6 hours of padding?

Well, now you can do two of those - not the leg - with our own Hobbit cupcakes. Continuing our string of Christmas movie-themed cakes, these Tolkien treats will make sure you and your company of greedy dwarves need never go hungry again.

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Best Christmas movies on UK TV (2012) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:41

The Girl, BBC, Boxing Day

What movies are on TV this Christmas? We go through the 2012 festive Radio Times and pick out the best films and film-related dramas that are showing over the holiday period so you don't have to.

Did you know BBC 2 are having a mini-Hitchcock season on Friday 28th December following The Girl's premiere on Boxing Day? Spotted Channel 4's screening of The Girl with Dragon Tattoo trilogy from Boxing Day onwards? When's The Snowman sequel on again? And do you have a chance to see the original first?

And, most importantly of all, when's Die Hard and The Muppet Christmas Carol on?

Here's a rundown of our Christmas TV highlights.

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Film review: Chasing Ice (by my 7 year old nephew) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:44

Chasing Ice film review

If you're unfortunate enough to follow me on Twitter, you'll be all too aware that I have a nephew. A lightsaber-wielding, slow-mo-fighting, insult-trading bundle of awesome. (I take credit for at least one of those attributes.)

But just in case you thought he was made up so I could have something to tweet about on weekends, here's proof that he's actually real: he's written a film review.

Yes, when I sat down to watch Chasing Ice again in preparation for my interview with director Jeff Orlowski (for Little White Lies), my seven year old sidekick decided to see it with me, despite never having watched a documentary before in his life, let alone one about climate change. He sat there for 30 minutes (until his mum took him home) in near silence with his mouth open. I did exactly the same thing.

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LFF: The White Ribbon Print E-mail
Written by Ameen Hojabr   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:47
Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Christian Friedel, Rainer Bock, Ulrich Tukur, Marisa Growaldt
Certificate: 15

A small protestant village, one that serves a Baron, with farming controlled by a devout sense of pietism and education. Everything seems to be in its right place with a well ordained layer of purpose and productivity. The community celebrates with good harvest and chooses the church as its moral compass. Religion and education are the foundations of this world, and all seems well in this black and white vision. At its very opening, though, is a clue to the disorder that will come.

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