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12 Years A Slave – A modern classic.

Watching new films I’m often guilty of looking for references, influences and comparisons to other films. In the case of 12 Years A Slave my mind, at various occasions was drawn towards Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, Cast Away and, to my surprise – some of...

Deconstructing Die Hard – A Christmas Classic

There are certain things, certain traditions which we all have to get the seasonal festivities underway. For me, there's the usual decking the halls, putting up the tree, munching upon my first mince pie of the season (mince pie season begins on December 1st – it’s...

Digital Killed the Video Star

Blockbuster Video store will disappear from the UK high street on Monday of next week (16th December) as the administrators announced the closure of the 91 remaining stores. It is, I suppose, an inevitable sign of the times. Sky, Virgin, Xbox, Playstation, Lovefilm,...

The Monico – A Cinema

I remember. Dark Fridays in November, when night would begin before day had a chance to properly end. When the air was cold and damp and light mist drifted along Pantbach Road, caressing the rooftops of the parked cars, swirling in arcs of light from the streetlamps....

Snakes…Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

"Asps! Very Dangerous. You Go First." Sallah, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I am, in many ways, a lot like Indiana Jones. For instance, we both like hats whilst we both dislike Nazis. And, given that Dr Jones is an archaeologist, I’d imagine that he shares my interest in...

Film Prequels That Haven’t Been Made (Yet)

Semi-metal jacket Dial L for Leather Triassic Park Blade Walker Lots of Mohicans Ferris Beuller Goes to School The Day Before Yesterday American History W 28 minutes later Arriving in Las Vegas 6 Monkeys

Revenge of the Jedi

It’s thirty years ago this month that Return of the Jedi was released in the UK. I first went to see it as an extraordinarily excited 9-year-old with my cousin and my younger brother. My cousin was ten years older than me and therefore, at least in the eyes of the...

127 Hours by Danny Boyle (Review)

Many years ago I got stuck in a lift. The lights flickered, the whirring of the wires ceased and silenced and the doors remained closed as the small metallic compartment ground to an unexpected halt halfway between the 3rd and 4th floor of the hotel I was staying in...

An Early Morning For A Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises (at 5am for the opening view). Four years ago I paid an impromptu visit to the Odeon cinema in Cardiff Bay after a long night working, too wired to sleep, intent on seeing a film – any film – that might kill a few hours in the dark. It was a...

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