Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Based on Mark Millar’s comic of the same name, Kingsman: The Secret Service is quite simply a delight.

Mixing the class and sophistication of the British Elite with a sense of badass violence and action, isn’t a totally original concept, granted. But in an era where James Bond – the ultimate gentleman spy – is getting all gritty and dark on us with outings like Skyfall and the upcoming Spectre, it’s really refreshing to see such an unashamedly fun take on the genre. Continue reading “Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service”

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Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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*SPOILER WARNING* Some major plot spoilers feature in this review. Read with caution.

So this is it. Peter Jackson has come full circle in his near 15-year quest to bring the vast and idyllic realms of J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘Middle Earth’ to life. In this third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, we are given both an end and a beginning; As we come to the conclusion of  Bilbo Baggins’ ‘unexpected journey‘, we are also treading steps to embark (or rather re-embark) on the perilous trek of his nephew Frodo, in The Lord of the Rings. The resonance of The Battle of The Five Armies cannot be understated. It marks the end of an era of story telling, through film-making that has been spectacular, thrilling and touching all in equal measure. And thankfully, Jackson has struck exactly the right chord on which to end his much loved take on the franchise – with hard-hitting blows, an inimitable sense of style and of course, the warmth of heart with which Tolkien fans from all over, have become so attuned with.

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Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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In the last two years we have seen the story of Suzanne Collins’ feisty young heroine – Katniss Everdeen – evolve into a saga of increasingly dangerous magnitude. From the first film, when Katniss selflessly volunteered in her sister’s place for the eponymous Hunger Games, (which lead to her victory alongside fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark) to then being put into the games again with disastrous consequences in Catching Fire. And now, here we are, at the beginning of the end, as Katniss finally embraces the role of the Mockingjay that has been following her from the start. Continue reading “Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”

Film Review: The Imitation Game

Whenever anyone talks about World War Two in this country there is an innate sense of pride, a result of our victory against Hitler’s devastatingly barbaric attempt at world conquest. But what isn’t so widely acknowledged, is just how we won. What The Imitation Game does as a film, is explain one of the most important functions running at the time, that essentially in itself ended the war, whilst also giving us a remarkable insight into a brilliant man whose extraordinary efforts were shrouded for many years in disgrace and ignorance. Continue reading “Film Review: The Imitation Game”

Film Review: Frank

Inspired by Chris Sievey’s comic novelty character Frank Sidebottom, Frank is a unique and hugely enjoyable tale that explores the pitfalls of egotism and blind ambition in a business that, as proven by the film’s band, should be primarily focused on freedom and expression through music. Continue reading “Film Review: Frank”

Feature: The 10 Most Downloadable Soundtracks of the Decade

Never underestimate the importance of a soundtrack.

In this cinematic climate, where CGI must always strive to become bigger and better to quell an audience’s ever-increasing expectations – where 3D movies are exasperatingly relentless in their number – it’s all too easy to focus on the visuals. But it would be a mistake to think that what makes a great film is all in its cinematography and the performances of its lead actors. Just one good song can transform a scene or sequence into something entirely more beautiful.  Songs can give meaning, or convey and sustain emotion to a strength that even the best actors can’t quite reach on their own. They can also be one of the foremost things that you take in as a viewer, fresh from the cinema. Not everyone has the instrumental score of a classic film on their iPod, but on every MP3 player there will always be that one song or album that you just felt compelled to download, because you heard it in a film or on a TV show/advert and couldn’t get it out of your head. This list is dedicated to songs from compilation soundtracks exactly like that from the last 10(ish) years, spanning from 2003 to now.

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Film Review: Secretary

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Fifty Shades of Grey
– chances are you’ve probably heard of it. Even if you haven’t read the trilogy from cover to cover, given that it is the most viewed trailer of the year so far, I’d be willing to bet anything that, either from genuine interest or a cringing but still fascinated curiosity, that you’ve seen the Beyoncé-dubbed sneak peek of its upcoming film adaptation. My point being, love it or loathe it, you can’t escape it. The Fifty Shades phenomenon has suddenly thrust the BDSM lifestyle into the public stratosphere, to varying degrees of opinion. However, there is a film made a good seven years before E.L James had even thought up the risqué escapades of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, which explored such a sexual lifestyle in a far more profound and interesting way.

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