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Film Review hi ye im moving down to london  

Im moving down to london in the next few weeks and at the moment happy to support your group. email me on  Mail-me 

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Film Review Burning Reel Free Film Screenings  

Burning Reel is an alternative cinema space in Camberwell at the Minet Library SE5 9QY, showing monthly films free of charge. The first movie will be 'Cinema Paradiso' on Tuesday March 16th at 6.30pm which will be followed by another five films as part of the 'Cinema Italia' Season. For a full listing have a look at the Burning Reel facebook page or email us at  Mail-me .

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Film Review Brokeback Mountain  

This film is a phenomenon. the only reason I say that is we tried to see it last week, and we couldn't because it was sold out. So it seems today the (same) cinema moved it to their biggest screen (I guess about 600-700 seats) and there wasn't an empty seat.

This isn't a 'feel good' film. You only thing that makes you feel good is that you aren't any of the characters in it. On a more familiar note it's about Deep South intolerance in the 1960's. And in case you didn't know already, which is unlikely, it's about two cowboys who fall in love.

The film is clearly very very popular here. But I was preoccupied with wanting to know if it was equally popular in ... Houston ... for instance ?

Because if it was, and its distribution wasn't confined to East and West coast states, then I'm never going to listen to anyone who says the US is represented by George Bush, because it clearly isn't.

Go and seeit, but not when you need cheering up.


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Film Review Channel 4 Shipwrecked  

Quite by chance I saw this today. It's MUCH better than BIg Brother. I'm pretty sure I saw a couple of the first series four years ago, and then there was an international one, which lost my interest very quickly.

It's still got that REALLY irritating long theatrical pause where they go "And the winner is'.................................. ................................ ..................................... ...........more pause....................... ............................ ...................."

which is really tacky. But it is nicely devoid of futile humiliating 'tasks' But there is a real range of characters, and it doesn't come across that they've been deliberately selected to be in conflict with each other.

Personally I thin it's the best thing I've seen since the first Brat Camp.


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Film Review Jarhead  

Strange film, and not what I was expecting given the hype.

It is another refreshingly self-reflective US film without any little-guy-makes-good plot. If anything it reminded me of Catch 22.

But it leaves me finding it difficult to write much about it: Don't get me wrong it's deeply ironic, the sets of the Iraqi desert during the first Gulf War look really expensive, and the acting is superb. If you think that beacuse it's a soldier film your're going to see lots of beefy male nakedness, you''e not wrong.

I think to be fair, the 'emptiness' of the film is intentional, but the audience were already getting up from their seats before the credits rolled, and with a film like this, that's always a sign that it didn't quite hit the spot.

Incidentally 'Brokeback Mountain' was sold out where we went: there is definitely a change in direction in output from the US, and clearly an audience for it too.

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Film Review The directors  

Anybody been to see and rate the new 'The Directors.' I'm a bit put off by the advertising which makes it look like Mrs Doubtfire II.

The original 'The Directors' was extremely funny, but the trailers suggest the camp is a bit overplayed in this one.

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Film Review King Kong: THe remake  

Has anyone else seen the new King Kong movie? I don't usually see these types of movies.

Anyways, the first part of the movie is heavy on character development and story telling. (I think that the major movie studios are starting to realize that you need some half decent actors and some semblance of a story line in these remakes). Well I really liked this part of the movie. All the main characters are supposed to be sailing to some spooky island to make a movie. I got to say this part was good, because there was tension and it was geniuinely creepy. I felt as though I was watching the beginning of an A1 horror movie.

But when Kong comes in......I've got to say I felt as though I was watching Jurassic Park. There were alot of special effects and it kind of had the look of a really good video game. Alot of the scenes looked impressive but they looked fake and that's why I think no one was on the edge of they're seats.

All in all it was okay. I think if you

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Film Review Harry Potter Goblet of Fire  

It's darker, and there's swearing in it and 'Miss Jones' from Rising Damp is in it as a voluptuous giant French woman and so is the new Doctor Who (as an awake baddy) and Boysie from All Fools and Horses as an 'EU' wizard.

I didn't see it through because after two and a half hours I became convinced I'd left my kitchen sink hot tap running. I hadn't. And I think actually I wanted to get out because I was worried about nightmares ( I'm 45 and will undoubtedly grow out of them.)

What I think is really good about this film is probably good about the book that I haven't read: it grows up. There is an undulating trail of betrayal amongst the teenage characters which mirrors the anxiety and rivalry of the elders. Why aren't the adult characters in the film doing something to protect the teenage children from this ......... dragon ?








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Film Review re: Harry Potter Goblet of fire  

I agree. i thought it was very very impressive, not least because it is clearly providing a lot of lucrative work for some very talented Brit actors and actresses: I loved the 'giant' Miss Jones. Is it true there is only to be one more book ?

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Film Review Space Cadets C4  

Playing a joke on your mates is funny.

Why is it funny for a large media company to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on effects to publicly humiliate young people by goading them into thinking they've seen the earth from space, and to encourage them to speak about it, believing that they have.

I ask the question, after this, what is not acceptable ?






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Film Review Descent  

I keep hearing this is really good, so must see it.

I saw the first "Saw" and thought it was great - genuinely creepy with one or two really disturbing moments, eg the mother who tells her child to go back to bed cos there's no monster, and then later goes in to check on her and...ulp!

Satisfyingly nasty.

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Film Review The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De Battre Mon Coeur S  

First thing I want to say is that I went to see this at the Chelsea CineView cinema, which is a bit of an enigma. I've cycled past it many times and often wondered why it only seems to show one film at a time. It became apparent that that is because it's only got one auditorium, which is odd given that it's the King's Road.

But it's truly airline 'Club Class.' Even if you squiggle down in your seat almost on to your back, your feet still can't quite kick the row in front, and there's no chance of rubbing elbows with your neighbour without planning it. After 'dark' you'll get shown to your seat with a torch. Thankfully there's no interval for refreshments.

I don't think "De Battre Mon Coeur S'Est Arrete" does mean "The Beat That My Heart Skipped." Surely it means "the beat that stopped my heart ?"

It doesn't matter. the audience largely stayed until at least half-way through the credits, and this was deserved.

It's a standard cinematographic FroggyPlot wi

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Film Review contd...  

with a bit at the beginning that's relevant to the end, and a bit at the end that reflects on the beginning.

It's about a gangster who wants to be a concert pianist (still want to go ?) But it's a French film, not a US one, and you should go because like (my) dreams it never quite gets there.

For the first twenty minutes, you'll wonder why you went.

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Film Review The Descent: Is this the new cool or what?  

i saw The Descent some couple of months back and i cant but still talk about it. i think the storyline, actors, directors were simply wicked. i still cant get enough of it. i think i got my moneys' worth. recent films have been receving an all time low grade from me, even war of the worlds- ending was simply catastrophic.

i saw SAW 2 recently- what do you think.
is anyone out there a film critic like me? lets start a group, see a movie and talk about it. email :  Mail-me 

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Film Review Crash - fantastic  

I think this film was brilliant. if you have not seen it yet, go along, you will not be disappointed.

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Film Review Anybody recommend Oliver Twist ... anybody ?  

I'm so put off by memories from my childhood of the musical on the TV :- "Food, glorious food..." sung by (possibly) public school boys from the director's old school.

I know there's no singing um... but is there a plot that doesn't celibrate poverty as a virtue ?

If there is, then we might like to go and see it

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Film Review Hispanic or Latino Film about motorbikes in South America  

About the early life of Che Guevara (spelling?) on a motorbike tour in South America. Nice film, quite blokey, need to buy it for a friend, but can't for the life of me remember thename. Any takers please ?

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Film Review Hispanic or Latino Film about motorbikes in South America  

The film is The Motorcycle Diaries

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Film Review Thank you !!!  



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Film Review Judie Dench and Maggie Smith  

I went to see this film a while ago, and want to buy it on DVD for two friends who can't go and see any films at the cinema because they've got young children, the trouble is I can't remember what it's name is !

It's about two spinster sisters living in Cornwall by the coast during WW II. One day they find a washed-up young male refugee who isn't quite dead on the beach and they nurse him back to health. The film is about unexpressable desire (well I thought so.) He turns out to be a musical prodigy and the two sisters have to let him go. Ring any bells anyone please ? I'd be really grateful.

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Film Review Judie Dench and Maggie Smith  

The film is called Ladies in Lavender.

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Film Review Pride and Prejudice  

It's bloody brilliant.

"Do you dance Mr. Darcy ?"
"Not if I can help it."

Beautiful countryside, beautiful houses and beautiful acting. My two favourite actors in this are Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet and Mr. Bingley played by Prince Harry with Big Hair (not really.)

This yet again a film to be seen in the cinema with a big audience, because you can feel everyone else feeling uncomfortable in the characters' uncomfortable bits, and then laugh (with them, naturally.)

If you start off thinking 'Well it's not much better than the BBC drama,' you need to wait a bit, and perhaps remember that that was extremely good, and you already know the plot anyway: but Mr. Darcy does thaw quite suddenly in a way that is credible, but not in the way it was done on the Beeb.

The young women and their costumes are beautiful.



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Film Review Review - Broken Flowers  

Broken Flowers Jim Jarmuch. What can I say? deeply depresive, thought provoking, funny, cynical, and in a typical Jarmuch style leaves you not knowing, not having a perfect response to all of the questions thrown up during the film. This film is a wonderful example of Jim Jarmuchs talent and ability to take the spectator into a breif snipit of his characters lives, leave a little taster and then take you away again. Very simple but beautiful, Bill Murray 'under plays' a passive man and is superb. Perhaps my favourite moment, a minute long shot of him sat on his sofa alone bar a bottle of champagne and a glass. Classic independant cinema.

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Film Review Festival  

This film is a certificate (18) because it has some nudity and sex in it. However provided you're 12 or over you can go and see War of the Worlds instead and watch live humans having their blood sucked out to make fertilizer. This is much more appropriate for your age group.

Don't go and see this film at a quiet time. It's very funny and you need to be in a place where you feel comfortable laughing.

It's Film Four British upside-down humour but darker than 'Wimbledon' or 'Notting Hill.' I don't think anyone is very likeable except the male Canadian fringe actor.

Half the cast get their kit off and there are some quite explicit sexual scenes which capture the physical hyperbole of the casual shag.

But it is funny. My favourite character was the PA to the big comedy star: she turns down a very promising encounter for the safety of a truly unrewarding job. Been there ?






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Film Review War of the Worlds (Spielburg)  

Don't take your children to see this film. I mean it.

It is brutal, bloody, and relentless: several adults walked out during our viewing this afternoon. The film board have got this one wrong, this is not a (12A).

This is a film about war. But this clever producer has yet again done something new. It's about aliens and creatures, but it doesn't santitise war. This film is horrific.

I think it's worth seeing, providing you can bear the US blockbuster generic plot:-

Loser divorced parent with with dysfunctional family ->-> Unimagenable Crisis ->-> everybody re-realises family values-
>-> Apple Pie ending.

The ending is so trite it makes you suspect the director might be sending up the financiers. The disappointment in the audience we sat with during the credits was palpable.

Nevetheless I think you should go and see it, and perhaps... leave before the end.


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Film Review War of the Worlds  

I agree. I was gobsmacked by the brutality of this film and given what happened last week it just isn't going to be the right thing for some people to go and see, because it is terrifying.

Nevertheless I think a main 'thread' of the film was the futility of meeting aggression with aggression head on, and how much that damages you, not them.

I agree with you, the God, Justice and Peace narrative at the end has got to be a send up surely ? But then ... I can't really remember what happened in the book.

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Film Review Spielberg cant do endings -  

- well, not since ET, anyway. Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. - all of them are marred by a(n unecessary) fourth act that drains all the energy from what has preceded it. They could all do to lose the last 20 mins - the last hour in the case of A.I.! SS can't bring himself to leave the audience with an unhappy/bleak ending, but the aforementioned films would be more effective and resonant were you to end MR with Tom Cruise being convicted and not have to go through all that guff involving Max Von Sydow; CMIYC with DeCaprio being arrested by Tom Hanks, dumping all the rubbish about TH giving him a job; SPR without the gooey speech by the old geezer, and A.I. without all the alien/good fairy bollocks. Spielberg drives me nuts, he's so good at what he does - yet he hasn't made a truly satisfying film for over two decades.

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Film Review Star Wars III - Who needs parents ?  

This film is family therapy for Luke Skywalker. Why ? Well you know how difficult it is to imagine your parents having had sex. Now imagine you are Luke Skywalker on discovering your father is Darth Vader. Mum how could you ? Imagine how loud the breathing got.

Luke, apparently everything was lovely between Mum n Da' until your hormonal young father got into the wrong company and became an intergalactic hoodie.

There's quite a lot in between which is a tiny bit fraught and shouty with glowing sticks. Watch out for some I-told-you-so's from Luke's Mum :-

'We've started this war in the name of democracy, but now I wonder if we are not seen as the evil one.'

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'This war is because we have lost the ability to listen.'

Blimey. No wonder the Republicans hate Hollywood. George Galloway: you've been upstaged by Mrs. Skywalker Snr.

By the way,We went to see this in a sold-out 600+ seater at 1730 and there were only adults there. What do kids

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Film Review A Good Woman  

One of Wilde's, but relocated to Italy. Wonderfully wriggly plot, and every other line a Wildism. The actress that plays Mrs. Erline (don't know) puts in a star performance. I think the message of this film is that if you stick your nose in the air, you'll likely fall flat on your face: 'For every Saint there is a past, for every sinner there is a future.' Someone said that in the film too.

To the Fulham couple three rows behind me, who thought it OK to talk all all the way through this film, there's a long rather fresh scratch down one side of your four wheel drive now. Kids have just got no respect or consideration for others have they ?

This film is very funny, but don't go and see it in Fulham.

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Film Review hitch hikers guide  

Don't bother with this. I loved the books, but this is very disappointing. Good special effects, but appalling lines and acting - the actors just are not funny and all the best Hitchhiker moments fall flat on their faces. I suppose I'm pleased in a way - I never like to see old favourite books being turned into films.

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