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The Black Cauldron (1985)

  Starring: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, John Hurt, John Huston Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich The forgotten film that nearly sank Disney studios, The Black Cauldron is an adaptation of Lloyd Alexander's stories The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron, which were part of a successful series in the late 70's for… Continue reading The Black Cauldron (1985)

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Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J Blige Director: John Stevenson The garden gnomes are back, in this follow up to Gnomeo and Juliet (2011). When their owners move to London, Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find themselves put in charge of a new garden that needs… Continue reading Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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Preview: I Kill Giants (2017)

Starring: Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots Director: Anders Walter Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) has problems. She has no friends and being raised by her older sister means her home life is chaotic. But Barbara has a bigger problem. No one else knows, but her town is being threatened by giants. Giants only she can… Continue reading Preview: I Kill Giants (2017)

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and When Marnie Was There on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the warm and mysterious story of When Marnie Was… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and When Marnie Was There on ScreenMayhem.com

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the magical fairy tale fantasy of Howl's Moving Castle.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)

Starring: Georges Melies, Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon Director: Georges Melies Going back quite a way into film history this time, back into a time when cinema was in it’s infancy. You’ve probably seen that image of the moon as a man’s cream cheesey looking face with a spaceship stuck in one eye, and this is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)

Starring: Elizabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther Director: Benjamin Christensen A film in 7 chapter or parts, this is an early documentary film, though it's not a true documentary as we now know them. It's about witchcraft through the ages, the first chapter being a slideshow style history lesson about how the world was understood… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)

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Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

Last weekend, we headed into Oxford for the day. Those of you who are Harry Potter fans will know that a number of the locations used in the films are there. It's a beautiful city, with it's university and architecture that largely hasn't changed in the last 500 years. It inspired us (my partner and… Continue reading Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

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A Monster Calls (2016)

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)

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The Love Witch (2016)

A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends

If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.

OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.

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The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…

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