When his beloved high school newspaper is threatened to be transformed into an online blog to save money, David sets out to find the best stories around the school in a bid to keep the newspaper alive. Dirty Books is a story about a passionate kid who wants to continue writing and producing his high school newspaper despite the principal’s attempt to save on print … Continue reading Dirty Books: Indie Short
Sometimes life gets busy and it’s difficult to keep on top of this blog, so once again I find myself writing a review round-up of some of the most recent films I’ve seen. Slightly late to the party with these really but, there we go! The Jungle Book The Jungle Book received mixed reviews from lots of people. The angry anti-remake brigade were against a … Continue reading Review Round-Up: The Jungle Book, Captain America Civil War and How to be Single
Lauren Cohen takes a break from fighting with zombies in The Walking Dead to do some house-sitting in England in new horror film The Boy. On the run from an abusive boyfriend, Greta (Cohen) takes up a job as nanny for an eccentric elderly couple who are planning their first holiday in years. The couple have a little boy called Brahms whom Greta must look after … Continue reading The Boy – Trying Far too Hard to be Different
Irish filmmaker Graham Jones has today released his latest feature film Nola and the Clones, available in full on Youtube. The indie film tells the story of a prostitute in Dublin who encounters a series of men that appear strikingly similar to one another. “Volunteering in a good homeless shelter years ago, I learnt that sometimes individuals who can offer the greatest insight into our society … Continue reading Homelessness tackled in new indie film released today
Sacha Baron Cohen returns once again with British-set comedy Grimsby, in which two estranged brothers who have gone down very different paths in life reunite for the first time in 28 years. Choen plays dimwitted football fan Nobby who lives in Grimsby with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and their abundance of kids. Separated from his younger brother as a child Nobby is on a quest … Continue reading Grimsby
Most people have seen or at least heard of Steven Avery, especially in the past few months when Making a Murderer shot to popularity. The docuseries now has a dedicated following of people all over the world who were left foaming at the mouth at the end of the binge-worthy Netflix show, and Avery now has some very impassioned supporters from all corners of the … Continue reading Has Making a Murderer Damaged Steven Avery’s Case?
Although BBC 3 is now only available online that hasn’t stopped them from showcasing some fantastic new drama, namely emotional new drama Thirteen starring My Mad Fat Diary star Jodie Comer. In a new drama mystery as gripping and confusing as ITVs Broadchurch, Comer plays 26 year old Ivy Moxom who has recently escaped from being held captive by a man for thirteen years. The … Continue reading BBC3s Thirteen: Can You Unravel the Mystery?
Even if you haven’t yet seen Deadpool you will no doubt have cottoned on to the hype. It’s been all over social media these past few weeks and has been raking it in at the box office with its increasing popularity. If you’re anything like me you may not have ever heard of Deadpool before the film came out and the hype may have been … Continue reading Deadpool; Pastiche at its Finest
This week the Rocky Horror Show has been in Birmingham as part of its 2016 tour. The cult classic doesn’t really need a review; most people know it, and most people love it. But I’m going to review it anyway! The great thing about Rocky Horror is that it isn’t just a show. Even on the outskirts of Birmingham people from all over the place … Continue reading Rocky Horror Show at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
I’ve been a bit slack with this blog lately, life’s been a bit busy these past five months or so, I mean…I have babies now and everything! (they’re guinea pigs, but still). So I thought I’d kick off with a few ‘quick reviews’ and summarise the films I’ve seen lately, maybe with just one word, maybe a sentence, maybe even a paragraph, I haven’t decided … Continue reading Quick Film Reviews: Sisters, Spectre & Our Brand is Crisis
HERE LIES JOE Teaser Trailer from Sweven Films on Vimeo. Another one to add to the watchlist for anyone who loves short films, this little indie is a slightly more sombre offering than the previous short film I reviewed but nevertheless it is still an impressive one. ”Here Lies Joe” tells the haunting and beautiful story of two lost souls who find one another in … Continue reading Here Lies Joe
For a short film to be a success, it needs a really catchy, clever little story and Total Performance is the perfect example. “Cori is and actress, but her main gig is something a little bit weirder. She works for a company that employs actors to play opposite real people who want to rehearse a difficult conversation. A breakup, a firing, or even an embarrassing … Continue reading Total Performance (Short) 2015
If you’re into indie films there are loads available online, usually completely for free, and one of those is Fatal Premonition. A short film (about 11 minutes in total) with a tight and entertaining story, well worth checking out. “Fatal Premonition” (2016) – Short Film from Mind Palace Pictures on Vimeo. Continue reading Fatal Premonition: Indie Short
Could films be encouraging and contributing to the neglect of household pets? That was a question that would once have made me roll my eyes. I have always been sceptical about the impact that films have on their audiences and have never bought into the idea that violent film’s equal violent people and other similar notions. As an avid watcher of horror films since the … Continue reading Disney’s G-Force; Irresponsible Filmmaking
So I’ve drank about two bottles of wine and a cider (so far) so I thought that maybe a ‘drunk film review’ post would be a good idea. The only problem is it takes a lot to get me drunk but I figured the fact that my cheeks are starting to go numb suggests I’m drunk enough for this one to count. The Gift is … Continue reading Drunk Film Review: The Gift
Please do not read on if you’ve not yet seen the latest AHS episode ‘Devil’s Night’, there will be spoilers! Lily Rabe made a fantastic return to American Horror story in the fourth episode entitled ‘Devil’s Night’ which aired last week. AHS: Hotel has so far been questionable and all together not as good as previous series’ however Rabe’s reappearance might have just drastically improved things. … Continue reading American Horror Story: Let’s just talk about Lily Rabe’s acting for a second…
Largely because it’s an MTV series, the TV version of postmodern horror favourite Scream has, for many people, slipped under the radar. Released originally at the end of June this year the first series is now over and fans are eagerly awaiting the second which as been confirmed for release around April next year. Not a continuation of Scream as such, the TV series follows … Continue reading Scream: The TV Series
In 1969, girls at an English girls’ school start fainting. All the time. With what is quite possibly the most annoying xylophone noise in the background the girls take it in turns to flop to the floor for no apparent reason, while Maisie Williams’ character fornicates with her brother. Possibly one of the strangest films I’ve seen in a long time, it’s about as boring … Continue reading Paragraph Film Review: The Falling
The latest episode of The Walking Dead’s sixth series aired on the 18th of October. Entitled JSS the episode answered the very big question we were left with at the end of the previous episode; who the hell set off that horn and why? It wasn’t the horde of zombies we expected and actually turned out to be the wolves attacking the otherwise peaceful Alexandria.It’s … Continue reading When did The Walking Dead get so boring?
*Caution!* There may be spoilers ahead so if you’ve not seen season 1 – 5 of GoT then look away now! You may remember my previous article Game of Thrones: What’s All the Fuss About? which I wrote when I first started watching it a few months ago. I was very late to the GoT party and having heard so much about how good it is … Continue reading Game of Thrones Finally Got Good!
American Horror Story: Hotel aired its second episode on Wednesday night, delving deeper into the history of the infamous Hotel Cortez. Evan Peters, much to many fans’ delight, returned to our screens, this time as the eccentric and sadistic hotel owner Mr March who it seems may have a connection with Lady Gaga’s character. Lady Gaga is an interesting addition to the show and one … Continue reading Is American Horror Story Dead in the Water Without Jessica Lange?
University years fly by, everyone says it but it’s hard to believe until you’re actually there at the end of your final year, faced with life post-university. It’s that time when anyone who actually moved away from home to go to uni starts to envy those who, for whatever reason, commuted from home because life for them seems so much less terrifying. Here you are, … Continue reading What I learned from getting, and losing, a good graduate job straight after uni
It was all over the news recently; a group of feminists held a protest during the red carpet event for the newly released drama Suffragette. The group, who were allegedly protesting against domestic violence against women, threw themselves onto the red carpet and laid there in protest, basically throwing a childish tantrum at an otherwise classy event. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the hardships that … Continue reading Why I don’t think feminists protesting at the Suffragette premiere is something to praise
Halloween is fast approaching and there’s always that dilemma of what horror to watch this year. Most of us probably settle for old favourites while some end up disappointed by the latest offerings to hit the cinemas which are generally cliche and not particularly scary. This year however The Rasmussen Brothers have something in store for us horror fans that’s perfect for a Halloween night … Continue reading The Inhabitants proves indie horror is where it’s at this Halloween
Support Midlands-based metal band Guts for Glory by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign today! In return you can bag yourself a signed copy of the album and all sorts of other perks too. They’re an awesome band who put on a fantastic show so this is a great opportunity to get behind them, bag some great merch and be able to brag to your friends … Continue reading Fancy a signed album and other goodies from an up and coming metal band? Support Guts for Glory today!
Killer clowns are a thing of nightmares for a lot of people. Stephen King’s IT, Captain Spaulding and that creepy clown from American Horror Story Freak Show are just a few of the many terrifying clowns that have plagued audiences throughout the years, proving a scary staple of the horror genre. A horror film about a clown suit that’s actually the skin of a demon, … Continue reading Too much clowning around: Clown (2014)
The 2015 Toronto film festival was, as usual, expected to unearth much of this year’s Oscar bait but after drawing to a close it appeared to prove a bit of a disappointment for those involved. Tiff, which was celebrating its 40th birthday, was not quite the shining event that attendees were hoping for with Hitfix’s Gregory Ellwood saying “This was not the 40th edition of the ‘Festival of … Continue reading Toronto film festival unearths Oscar bait – the 5 most exciting offerings
Irish film director Graham Jones (The Randomers) explores childhood innocence and cultural upbringing in his latest feature The History Student. A blend of documentary and drama, The History Student follows Jones’s young son Aidan (known in the film as Filomonek) who is visiting his grandfather’s forest hut in rural Poland. Forced to speak only Polish whilst there, The History Student explores what it’s like for children … Continue reading Experience a visual journey of childhood innocence in ‘The History Student’
Paul Feig’s latest foray into female-centric comedy, Spy, is a comedy masterpiece full of feisty female characters. If you want to see gender roles turned on their heads look no further, for once the women take the lead and the men are pretty much just there to look good. Melissa McCarthy smashes stereotypes playing a feisty, sassy, sexy and intelligent female spy who outshines her male contemporaries … Continue reading Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing
Damn, they don’t make them like this anymore! After years of being a horror fanatic I’d put off watching Alien because of how dated it looked. Never much of a sci-fi fan it just didn’t have any appeal. But after finding a boxset containing all the Alien and Predator films it seemed as good a time as any to get watching. One thing is obvious … Continue reading Watching Alien for the First Time
Gogglebox, a reality show where viewers watch other viewers watching TV, has been renewed for a sixth season and its release date has been set. Fans of the show can catch up with their favourite Goggleboxers on Friday the 11th of September. While no time has been officially released we can probably assume it’ll air at 9pm on Channel 4. People seem to either love … Continue reading Gogglebox Season 6 Has a Release Date
Is there a higher power guiding us through life and showing us the way? Hand of God blurs the lines between religion and insanity, tackling questions we are often afraid to ask, but what can we expect from the rest of the series? Amazon’s latest original series Hand of God is a psychological thrill ride sure to have you on the edge of your seat. … Continue reading Hand of God premiers second episode in London
We arrived at One Marylebone in London to a closed door, a few Sons of Anarchy fans waited outside hopeful that they would catch a glimpse of Ron Perlman rocking up in a fancy car. Waiting outside the door for 6.30 to roll around felt like ten hours rather than ten minutes until finally they opened into a vast and very beautifully decorated old building … Continue reading The Hand of God Premier: a night to remember
The second episode of Amazon’s latest original series was screened exclusively last night at its London premier. The sneak preview was followed by a cast and crew Q&A and promised for an exciting release on Friday when the whole of season 1 becomes available. After a great first episode the second continues the story, throwing yet more questions at the eager audience. More fantastic cinematography … Continue reading Hand of God premier: episode 2 review
Tonight I’m off to London for the Hand of God premier! Hand of God is an Amazon original series starring Ron Perlman about a revered judge who begins to lose his mind after his son attempts suicide after seeing his wife raped. The pilot has been available on Amazon instant video for a while now and the rest of the series will be available from … Continue reading Tonight in London
Catastrophe is yet another gem from Amazon Prime, this time a romantic comedy with a very, very British feel. American advertising professional Rob gets Irish girl Sharon, a single 30-something living in London, pregnant when the pair hook up whilst Rob is on a business trip. Deciding to do right by the child the two very quickly move in together with hilarious results. Catastrophe is … Continue reading Catastrophe
This bank holiday weekend brought saddening news for horror fans. Wes Craven, horror legend, passed away. Horror has officially lost a legend. Wes Craven was a master of horror, directing some fantastic classics in his time with one of the most unique and intelligent perspectives that horror has ever seen. He was at the helm of massively revered film franchises like A Nightmare on Elm … Continue reading When horror lost a legend
Amazon Prime are at it again proving once more that they’re capable of making some really, really good TV. The pilot episode of Hand of God is as slick and sinister as it is star studded, with Ron Perlman at the helm as morally corrupt judge Pernell Harris, seeking vengeance for his comatose son. When his son attempts to commit suicide, Pernell Harris’s life spirals … Continue reading Hand of God – Pilot
Set in the 80s Parallax tells the story of Abbot Allen as he attempts to develop a device to change the way people communicate. He dreams of a future where the world is connected by technology and no one has to be alone again. Parallax is a clever drama that explores how technology can simultaneously bring people together and drive them apart. As Abbot slowly … Continue reading Review of Indie Drama Prallax
Maisie and Daisy McCormack are just two normal twelve year old girls struggling with the ups and downs of growing up. And what better way to contemplate adulthood and growing up than hijack a filmmaker and make a movie about it? A Dozen Summers is an ingenious independent film that explores coming of age from the perspective of two twelve year old girls and the results are hilariously accurate. … Continue reading Review of Midlands Based Indie Comedy A Dozen Summers
With Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler as the three leading actors you’d be forgiven for expecting Are You Here to be a laugh out loud piece of comedy genius. It’s not. When Ben (Zach Galifianakis) loses his father he and his childhood best friend embark on a road trip back to their hometown to go to the funeral. Ben is a barely functioning … Continue reading Are You Here
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Another month and another edition of Film Club. This months Film Club choice was down to myself and I wanted to choose something slightly different. With that it occurred to me that we have not yet covered an animated film and I wanted to be the first to do so. A few choices went through my mind before… Continue reading Film Club: Toy Story
Recently I was asked my top 5 films and I found it very difficult to list them. Of course I have favourites, but they’re all favourites for very different reasons and it’s hard to narrow them down to a top five. If I was going to be stranded on a desert island though, and could take five films with me which I could then watch … Continue reading My 5 Desert Island Films
Amazon Prime exclusive Outlander is an adventure drama about a woman who finds herself back in time in Scotland. A highly well received series Outlander has drawn comparisons to Game of Thrones and has been renewed for a second series. This brilliantly entertaining show, which is available in full on prime instant video, has released a gag tell that is now available to watch on … Continue reading Outlander Gag Reel Now Available
Some TV shows are just so good it’s heartbreaking when they come to an end. Making a long running TV series is hard work and time consuming for the cast and crew alike and sometimes it just isn’t feasible to keep a series going any longer. But wouldn’t it be great if our favourite shows could have one last hurrah in the form of a … Continue reading 5 TV shows we’d love to see turned into films