Bending time and space with Splice Boys

Time slice shooting in Dubai-FOEC-photo courtesy of Splice Boys

Splice-Boys-Logo-FOEC-InterviewFOEC sits down with the Australian photographers behind the Shanghai-based camera array used to capture the time slice shots for Roy Chow & Sammo Hung’s latest martial arts epic, Rise of the Legend. Time slice (or bullet time) has evolved beyond its first appearance in The Matrix and Shanghai’s Splice Boys are at the forefront of exploring the possibilities and limitations of this prohibitively complex photographic technique. Read More

Interstellar (2014)


interstellar-medal-FOCE-reviewMounting his most ambitious film to date, Christopher Nolan creates a pummelling, exhilarating ride into the unknown that leaves the audience battered and shaken. Shot, scored and cut for maximum impact, Interstellar is an event movie of the kind rarely seen today: entirely self contained, helmed by a singular, polemic filmmaker and staunchly opposed to comfortable mediocrity.

Directed by Christopher Nolan / Written by Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan / Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain / Cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema / Music by Hans Zimmer / Production by Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Legendary Pictures Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy - review -FOEC

Guardians of the Galaxy - review -FOECAs if to counterbalance the weight of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s second film of 2014 is a rowdy charge into the vivid realm of the cosmic MCU

Directed by James Gunn /Written by James Gunn & Nicole Perlman / Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace / Cinematography by Ben Davis / Music by Tyler Bates / Production by Marvel Studios  Read More

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Despite missing Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the cinema I felt like it was worth catching up on the most recent events at S.H.I.E.L.D. before diving into the cosmic dimension of the Marvel behemoth with October’s Chinese Cinema release of Guardians of the Galaxy.


captain america the winter soldier-silver medal-FOEC-reviewCaptain America and Black Widow must outrun the daggers tearing at the cloaks of super spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Russo brothers’ exhilarating throwback to the action blockbusters of the nineties.

Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo / Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely / Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson / Cinematography by Trent Opaloch / Music by Henry Jackman / Production by Marvel Studios Read More

Gravity (2013)

Before publishing my reviews of a few of 2014’s blockbusters, I’ve decided to repost some reviews of American blockbusters released by HuaXia and China Film Group last year, which I had initially published on my now defunct Tumblr.


Gravity-medal-FOEC-ReviewSandra Bullock endures a white knuckle ride through the 3D wizardry of Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki’s innovative take on the ultimate disaster movie.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón / Written by Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón / Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney / Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki / Music by Steven Price / Production by Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films

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Elysium (2013)

Before publishing my reviews of a few of 2014′s blockbusters, I’ve decided to repost some reviews of American blockbusters released by HuaXia and China Film Group last year, which I had initially published on my now defunct Tumblr.

Elysium (2013)-FOEC-review

Elysium-review-FOECMatt Damon will save us all from the machinations of the heartless 1% in Neill Blomkamp’s beautifully rendered but crushingly disappointing follow-up to District 9.

Written & Directed by Neill Blomkamp / Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga / Cinematography by Trent Opaloch / Music by Ryan Amon / Production by Alphacore, Media Rights Capitol, QED International

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The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

This is one of three film reviews that I wrote for an online magazine that never launched so I’ve decided to publish here instead.

The Deep Blue Sea movie review

Deep-Blue-Sea-movie-reviewWritten & Directed by Terence Davies / Based on the play by Terence Rattigan / Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale / Cinematography by Florian Hoffmeister / Production by Film4, Artificial Eye, UK Film Council

A flood of emotion pours from Terence Davies’ bold, earnest, idiosyncratic return to feature film drama, providing a showcase for the full extent of Rachel Weisz’ dramatic presence.  Read More