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12 Years A Slave – A modern classic.

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...

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Deconstructing Die Hard – A Christmas Classic

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...

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Revenge of the Jedi

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...

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127 Hours by Danny Boyle (Review)

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...

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