Zoolander 2

Really, really, ridiculously disappointing.

The Assassin

There are martial arts movies and there are martial arts movies. The Assassin isn't either.

Batman v Superman

A bold, mature exploration of myths and epics - followed by a two-hour mess.

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Interview: Thomas Lawes (The Last Projectionist) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford and Selina Pearson   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 08:48

Premiering at the Cambridge Film Festival this year, The Last Projectionist is a documentary detailing the history of cinema, all the way from silent film and old newsreels to the modern multiplex and digital technology.

Revealing the decline of the projectionist and the rise of independent cinemas, it's a fascinating piece from Tom Lawes, a man who knows a thing or twelve about film and indie picturehouses. Why? Because he owns one.

Yes, this is the man who bought The Electric in Birmingham, the UK's oldest working cinema, in 2004 and refurbished it to create a fantastic place full of atmosphere and absinthe.

We grabbed him for a chat in Cambridge about his film, The Last Projectionist. Here's what he had to say about digital projectors, native 3D, and owning a cinema.

Interview: Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 07:53

Sometimes in life, you just want to stand and stare in awe at a man with thighs as big as a Death Star. At other times, you want to hear exactly what he has to say about playing Conan the Barbarian.

And so it's lucky that Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Mr. Barbarian with Not Many Clothes On from Game of Thrones) was stomping around The O2 and scaring small children at Empire's BigScreen event. Here's what he had to say about horses, samurai swords and reworking Robert E. Howard's fantasy hero. 


You look like you were born to play Conan and you've said before that you remember seeing it as a child. Did Conan stick with you growing up?

It did, man. I saw Frank Frazetta’s art and it seared on my memory. I love his paintings. They’re so amazing. The way he captures movement, the raw power and that whole world it makes you want to read the stories of Robert E. Howard. So I was a big fan.

Interview: James Watkins (The Woman in Black) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 15 August 2011 07:04

When I was 11, I was taken to see The Woman in Black at the theatre. By my parents, obviously, I wasn't kidnapped by some stranger in the street intent on traumatising a defenceless child.

It's safe to say that the play terrified the flipping life out of me - I've never had the courage since to go and read Susan Hill's original novel.

So it was great to hear that the upcoming Hammer Horror movie adaptation would be appearing at Empire's BigScreen over the weekend. After reliving my childhood trauma by reminding myself of the trailer, I managed to wander into the press conference for the film and interview James Watkins (director of Eden Lake and writer of My Little Eye) about making The Woman in Black.

Here's what James Watkins had to say to us about making a period horror, living up to the play and helping Daniel Radcliffe to grow up.

Interview: Jonathan English (Ironclad) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:09

If you like swords, castles and bloody history, Jonathan English is your man. 

Following 2006's Minotaur with a romp through 13th century England, Ironclad (out this week) tells the story of how King John, three months after signing the Magna Carta in 1215, wreaked a campaign of revenge across England with a team of 5,000 mercenaries. But he faced resistance at Rochester castle, where a group of rebels, led by Baron Albany, fought back.

It's a gory and brutal siege movie, which makes the most of its grimy location and independent budget. But amassing £20 million to blow up Rochester castle while Paul Giamatti and Brian Cox look on is no easy feat.

We chat to Jonathan about the Magna Carta, war movies and killing people with really big swords. 

Press Conference: Paul Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 09:09

When it comes to amusing interviews, you can't beat a bit of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If you put them together in a press conference with Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Lo Tuglio, Jason Bateman and director Greg Mottola, you've got the greatest roomful of funny people since the film Paul. Which, by an coincidence, is exactly what they were there to talk about.

Comprising of Arrested Development actors, sci-fi geeks, Adventureland directors and movie legends, the ensemble spent a lot of time throwing around entertaining in-jokes. Here's what they had to say about aliens, Christians, and Steven Spielberg...

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