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No Oil Painting ~ Danny Boyle’s Trance

April 12, 2013

At first look, Trance seems like a good bet: it follows hot on the heels of Danny Boyle’s Olympic glory, as well as critical and popular hits such as 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. In it, Boyle fuses a familiar London crime tale (complete the an ethnically diverse gang of gruff, gun-toting mobsters) with […]

Gods and Monsters ~ The Amazing Spider Man (+Greek mythology)

July 24, 2012

So, I have some things to say about Spiderman. Which came as something of a surprise. Because I don’t really like superheroes that much, barring some nostalgic attachment as a result of a childhood spent in front of the TV (X-Men, Hulk, New Adventures of Superman…followed by Live and Kicking, of course). Not only that, […]

The Saga Continues ~ Prometheus

June 24, 2012

Having worked our way through all four Alien films, Ryan and I (accompanied by his gf Ellie) decided to complete the series by going to see the latest installment, Prometheus.We had the good fortune to snag some IMAX tickets, meaning we got our faces well and truly blown off! There’s a lot to say about […]

Film Friday – the Artist and Shame

January 16, 2012

It’s been a while, fellow Pumpkins. And what on earth have I been up to? Working. Sleeping. Working some more. Sigh. Anyway, as I rarely do anything on a Friday night (busy socialite that I am) I’ve made it something of a resolution to go to the cinema more often – alone, which has been […]

A Matter of Life and Death ~ Never Let Me Go

February 12, 2011

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel of the same name, Never Let Me Go is a genre-defying drama that lingers on in the mind long after viewing. Quiet, understated and poignant, it is a beautifully made film that manages to tackle some weighty themes at the same time as packing an emotional punch. It is […]

Possibilities ~Me and Orson Welles

August 31, 2010

Me and Orson Welles didn’t make a massive splash when it came out last year. Perhaps that was down to the marketing, which emphasised Zac Efron’s participation – surely aiming for his legion of High School Musical fans (mums and daughters alike). Whilst the film does indeed offer a big helping of Zef and his […]

Perchance to dream~ Inception

July 28, 2010

Inception, the new film from Memento and Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, is definitely flavour of the month…and extremely hard to review without spoilers! So, if you haven’t seen it yet,  I’ll just say I enjoyed it thoroughly and definitely give it my seal of approval. It’s a more cerebral take (hoho) on the summer […]

Fall for The Fall

May 2, 2010

Last week a friend posted the trailer for The Fall on her blog, which reminded me I had wanted to see this film for some time. I’m very glad I decided to watch it, because I enjoyed it hugely. Unfortunately its release a couple of years ago went largely unnoticed, so I’ve decided to make […]

Dabadee, dabadi ~ Avatar review

January 8, 2010

I’m seriously late to the party with this one, but I thought it was worth writing down my thoughts anyway, especially as James Cameron’s latest blockbuster is riding hot on the heels of older sibling Titanic to become the best selling movie of all time. In a nutshell, I found the movie enjoyable in a […]

To boldly go…

May 22, 2009

In recent years, rebooting old, cheesy sci fis has become rather fashionable. Doctor Who picked up where the last series left off (or thereabouts); BSG wiped the slate clean and ‘reimagined’ all but the most basic details of the classic version. But how to update one of the most beloved and long running sci fi […]