HEIGHTENED ANTICIPATION: 15 BRITISH FILMS FOR 2015

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2015 is already shaping up to be a year overstuffed with huge events at the cinema and if the number of outstanding films released this year is even half as great as the number released in 2014 then 2015 will be brimming with treats for rabid cinephiles of all ages. In an attempt to compartmentalise some of the titles already grabbing my attention and to stump for the enticing and exciting releases coming out of my native land’s industry here is a list of my most anticipated British films for 2015.  Read More

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The Babadook (2014)

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The-Babadook-FOEC-movie-review-medalJennifer Kent’s nerve jangling feature debut is the most textured, exiting and surprising horror movie of recent years; an expressionistic psychological odyssey rich in metaphor, humour and the sound of things going bump, bump, bump in the night.

Written & Directed by Jennifer Kent / Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Benjamin Winspear, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West / Cinematography by Radek Ladczuk / Music by Simon Njoo / Production by Causeway Films Read More

The Guest (2014)

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The-Guest-2014-FOEC-review-worth a lookThe shadow of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) looms large over Adam Winguard’s and Simon Barrett’s stylish and often amusing wanton killfest. Dan Stevens is wilfully cast against type as a menacing blue-eyed killing machine gone to ground in the home of a bereaved small-town family.

Directed by Adam Winguard / Written by Simon Barrett / Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelly, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick / Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner / Music by Steve Moore / Production by HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment Read More

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3-review-FOEC The-Expendables-3-rating-worth-a-lookIt is with a sense of surprise and relief that I salute The Expendables 3 as a half-decent movie, which justifies giving the ultimate-action-movie-mix-tape gimmick another spin for the sake of getting it right.

Directed by Patrick Hughes / Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone/ Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarznegger, Harrison Ford / Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr. / Music by Brian Tyler / Production by Nu Image, Millennium Films Read More

A Touch of Sin (2013)

a-touch-of-sin-medal-FOEC-Over the Christmas break I helped my Dad begin his own blog, A Touch of Film, as an outlet for the reams of film reviews that he turns out each month. I’ve reposted his first published review, a semi-collaborative effort between both of us that was written up from our extensive discussions of Jia Zhangke’s direct and exquisitely composed Cannes prize-winner.

Enjoy!

A Touch of Film

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Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin is a shockingly bleak and sad tale of ordinary Chinese lives blighted by catastrophe in a rapidly changing modern world, giving the audience a good drubbing and with only a glimmer of hope at the end.

Written and directed Jia Zhangke, China/Japan, 2013

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Bending time and space with Splice Boys

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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)

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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