Conviction is an incredible story turned into a slightly cloying movie. Like real life, it's not perfect but Sam Rockwell makes it all better.

Season of the Witch

Charming? Charmin Ultra more like. Still, this is dumb, grimy, terrible fun. In the worst way possible.

The King's Speech

We've seen this all before, but never so articulate. Magnificent.

Top 15 Films of 2010

Picking 10 was too hard, so here's the 15 best films of the year. And no, Gulliver's Travels ain't in it.

The Next Three Days

I'm Russell Crowe's Wife Get Me Out of Prison is surprisingly believable. Inconsistent, but exciting.

Love and Other Drugs

This Viagra-inspired tale is an enjoyable ride, but ends up a bit of a let down.

127 Hours

As a follow-up to Slumdog, it's a solid effort. As a story of survival, it's incredible.

Gulliver's Travels

Robots and midgets and Jack Black. Oh my. Watchable, but hardly enjoyable.

The King's Naughty Speech

Why the 12A certificate should go **** itself.

Tron: Legacy

As dull as dunking a Digestive into a lukewarm cup of tea.

Narnia - According to Aslan

A brief recap of The Chronicles of Narnia, with the help of Aslan the inflatable lion.


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The King's Speech Rules UK Box Office Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:24

The King's Speech opened across the UK with an incredible total of £3.5m.

Like you didn't see that coming. Cinemas were selling out. Momentum were tweeting their faces off with audience reactions. And my parents actually went to the cinema for the first time in blooming ages. All clear signs for a royal sweep at the box office.

127 Hours and Colin Firth went head-to-head in full Oscar-grabbing gear, but Firthy came out on top with an excellent debut total. Of course, 127 Hours was in second place with £2.16m, a figure as solid as a rock (HA HA).

Both included previews (James Franco was stuck under a boulder since Wednesday, while Firth stammered his way through last Sunday) but the momentum went away from the Slumdog director as Tom Hooper's biopic rode a wave of positive buzz.

Flashback to the same time slot in 2008, and awards favourite Slumdog Millionaire opened with £1.8m. It then went on to bulldoze through the UK Top Ten until April. So Danny Boyle's got nothing to worry about really, as long as The King's Speech doesn't hog all the screens (127 Hours is on at 311, while His Royal Highness is filling up 398). 

Little Fockers dropped the standard 32% for its third week near the top of the table. In fourth, Gulliver's Travels dropped a massive 78%, but after such a large New Year haul it still raked in £1.55m - enough to hold Russell Crowe's prison break back in fifth place, and enough to overtake Tron's floppy total. Paul Haggis' thriller notched up £1.05m including previews, which is alright given the competition but far off Robin Hood's debut of £5.7m. It'll be interesting to see how that compares with Conviction next week.

At the bottom of the charts, Narnia and Harry Potter outlasted The Way Back and Megamind. And The Tourist, thankfully, will never be heard of again.

All in all, it's a very strong week for British cinema, proving that UK audiences aren't afraid of awards contenders - as long as they feature massive rocks or the Royal Family. Sadly, they were less interested in Season of the Witch, which slid in at number ten on just £559k. Unsurprising, perhaps, but at least that's higher than its RottenTomatoes score.


BAFTA Rising Star Nominees - Mostly Well Risen Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 January 2011 13:08

Gemma Arterton. Andrew Garfield. Tom Hardy. Aaron Johnson. Emma Stone. Yes, this year's BAFTA Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award candidates are all rising and/or mostly risen.



Conviction Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:35
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver
Certificate: 12A

Whenever someone lands on Go To Jail, you can always count on a relative to do something crazy like grab a gun and shoot up a courthouse. But the most dramatic way to bust your brother from behind bars? Devote decades to studying for a law degree and then becoming his defence attorney. It's all completely true - Conviction's story is based on real life. Which naturally makes it feel even more false.

Water for Elephants Trailer Now Online Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 January 2011 08:33

Which one's water and which one's the elephant?

While Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon argue amongst themselves, here's a little about the plot: it involves two people who "come together through their compassion for a special elephant". It's set in a circus, before you get any ideas. Perverts.

Jacob is apparently a veterinary student, not that you see him do any veterinarianing. And Marlena? Well, she's a performer in a circus. Which basically involves her doing stuff with elephants in front of a paying audience. Perverts.

It's easy to mock their love, especially when the statistical majority of human-elephant relationships end in crushing disappointment. But against all the odds (that's a direct quote from the official synopsis), they find life-long love. That is, until Christoph Waltz - Marlena's dangerous husband - tries to kill Robert Pattinson with a hammer. That particular highlight is at 1 min 19 seconds.

Water for Elephants is out on Friday 22nd April. Read on to see the whole trailer.
Happy Richard Nixon Day! Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 09 January 2011 16:17

Sunday 9th January. The birthday of the most powerful man/head-in-a-jar in the known universe: Richard M. Nixon. If he were alive today (and we all know that he is), he would be 98 years old. That's twice as old as Alfonso Cuaron.

To celebrate this wonderful anniversary, here's a commemorative card to cut out and give to your closest Republican friends:



Have a great day. And remember: when the President does it, it's not illegal.


Edgar Ramirez Will Feel the Wrath of the Titans Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 08 January 2011 13:31

The excellent Edgar Ramirez is in talks for cinema-goers to feel the Wrath of his Titan. Which could be a nice new name for his penis after Little Carlos kept popping out in Olivier Assayas' five hour epic.

Toby Kebbell and Bill Nighy are also being linked to Jonathan Liebesman's sequel. I don't know what they call their manly parts. But I bet Liam Neeson's Mighty Zeus is bigger.

If you want to see more of Little Carlos, the DVD is still available in shops.



Total Film Movie Blog Awards - or Whatever Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 07 January 2011 10:54

So yeah, this happened.

The 2011 Total Film Movie Blog Awards (their Cheese Blog Awards are next month) are here and i-Flicks is nominated for Best Overall Blog. Thanks to whoever nominated us for that. But screw your thanks, because you'll only earn REAL thanks when you go there and vote for i-Flicks to win. Or you can vote for one of the other 19 nominees because they're better and stuff (note: please don't).

In the spirit of democratic elections, I hereby offer some campaign pledges that I will never have to fulfill:

1. I will never raise tuition fees.

2. When no-one votes for us, I won't go and bring in Ed Milliband to write film reviews. Or I will. AND THEN YOU'LL SUFFER.

The deadline's Thursday 27th January, so whatever you do, try to do something before then. Like vote. Or just change your Facebook profile picture to this:



Come on, people! Believe in i-Flicks. Or at least believe that one day Total Film will do the Cheese Blog Awards instead. In which case you should all vote for CurdNerds - just because they actually exist.



Season of the Witch Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 10:22

Director: Dominic Sena
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan
Certificate: 15

Death, plague, Nicolas Cage - only one thing can unite such an unholy trilogy. Could it be... witchcraft? Dominic Sena's plumping for a big fat yes with his ridiculous title. Even more ridiculous is the film itself, which is as dumb as it is grimy. It's grumb. Or dimy.

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