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Review: Captain Phillips

Whenever I hear stories in the news of Somali pirates boarding a ship and holding the crew hostage, I have always assumed that (a) the ship was a small yacht and (b) the pirates were hardbitten, battle-scarred men. Not that the former was an enormous oceangoing container ship and the latter boys barely out of … Continue reading


Christie’s is hosting an auction of vintage posters tomorrow, some of which are for movies and many of which are expected to go for big money – for instance, the estimate on a poster for Gone With The Wind is set at £2,000. I’ve never really been into collecting film posters, (a) because I already … Continue reading

Review: Filth

Filth: they say it all depends on how you look at it. And I don’t know what it says about me, but while I really shouldn’t have loved this film, I really did. Set in an antithetical Edinburgh from the ever-cheery Sunshine in Leith, here the cops aren’t dancing in formation, they’re tearing up the … Continue reading

Take Five: October 21-27

1. Jamie Dornan, star of TV’s The Fall is to take on the mantle of the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey 2. Tim Roth is set to play FIFA President Sepp Blatter in new film about the association 3. Film and TV director Antonia Bird has died aged 54 4. Microbudget British thriller Last … Continue reading

Review: One Chance

I am not a fan of Simon Cowell Inc, so I was unsure whether to give this film – a biopic of the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Paul Potts – even one chance. Thankfully, Cowell hardly gets a look in. Instead, this film focuses on Potts’ (James Corden) early life and how an … Continue reading

Top Ten: Rising Above It

One might assume that as prices for cinema tickets, and budgets for blockbusters rise, so too do the profits. However, today’s Top Ten – history’s highest grossing films, when adjusted for inflation – shows that the opposite is true. While Avatar makes it into second place and Titanic scrapes into fourth, all the other films … Continue reading

Pause For Thor-t

Every day this week the Internet has been treated to another Marvel Thor-related story/clip/bad pun ahead of the release of Thor: The Dark World on Wednesday. I’ve seen all the posters, watched the latest full trailer and tried my best to avoid reading plot spoilers, but most of all I have marvelled (sorry!) at how … Continue reading

Feeling Poor

With this month’s payday still a faint gleam in the distance, the last thing I would normally want to hear about is how so-and-so is rolling in cash. Unless, of course, the person in question is a celebrity, in which case it’s strangely compelling… This week has seen the release of two lists of high-earners … Continue reading

Classic Review: The Raid

It took nearly 10 years, but I’ve now finally seen another action film that reaches the extraordinarily high bar set by Asian classics Oldboy and Infernal Affairs. Even more impressive, it is written, directed and edited by a Welshman (Gareth Evans). The action takes place almost exclusively in the claustrophobic confines of a dilapidated tower … Continue reading

Every Day’s A School Day

Today’s distraction: tricks of the trade for getting your tongue round 50 of Hollywood’s pronunciation nightmares Why is it that learning is so much more fun when you don’t have to?!