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Talkies  •  April 20, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

London Has Fallen

The second in the franchise that bought us, Olympus Has Fallen, finds a ‘made for TV’ Bruce Willis (Gerard Butler) and the U.S President murdering their way around a burning London, after they visit the capital for the funeral of the British prime minister. Without warning, terrorists unleash a devastating attack that leaves the city…


Talkies  •  February 4, 2015  •  by Mathilde Chapal

The Strain

I’d just finished watching American Horror Story: Coven during a particularly brutal hangover when I got my hands on The Strain. Thus, with the alcohol in my brain subsiding I was excited to devour the entire first series directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and it did not disappoint. I don’t want to reveal too much plot as the…


Talkies  •  January 28, 2015  •  by Jessica Cooke

Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Meta-Fiction)

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman (or The unexpected virtue of ignorance)’ is a stylish and lively swan dive into the life of washed up superhero, Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton, as he attempts to re-define himself as a serious actor, and mount a Broadway play adaptation of a Raymond Carver play. Keaton’s character is quite literally…

room 237

Talkies  •  January 26, 2015  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Room 237

I’d never really thought to question what The Shinning was about beyond its theatrical plot. I’d always managed to just enjoy it at face value, a classic tale about a struggling writer and reformed alcoholic, who takes a job as winter caretaker at a haunted hotel; a writer goes insane and tries to kill his entire family….

He's excited about his part in the film

Talkies  •  January 7, 2015  •  by David Hazlewood

Under The Skin

Jonathan Glazer’s hauntingly beautiful Under The Skin is certainty a film that creates more questions than it answers. At it’s core it’s a science fiction film but it’s presented as an exploration of human life – seen through the eyes of an alien whose task is to harvest human flesh. The alien, Laura, is played by Scarlet Johansson,who…


Talkies  •  January 7, 2015  •  by David Hazlewood

The Dark Side Of World Cinema – Irreversible (2002)

Gaspar Noe’s unflinching thriller, Irreversible, has always been in my top three favourite films ever since I stumbled across it while doing ‘research’ for a project at college. I hate comparing films to art but this film is a work of art in it’s own way. The story follows Marcus (Vincent Cassell), and his friend Pierre (Albert Dupontel )…


Talkies  •  January 7, 2015  •  by David Hazlewood

The Dark Side Of World Cinema – Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

It’s no secret that the worlds ultimate fan boy, Quentin Tarantino, ripped off  paid homage to all those films he watched while working in a video shop in his home town of Knoxville, and Swedish rape/revenge movie Thriller: A Cruel Picture certainly forms one of the many creative foundations for his blockbuster homage-fest Kill Bill. Thriller: A Cruel Picture follows your…


Talkies  •  October 29, 2014  •  by David Hazlewood

De Nieuwe Anita – Stranger Than Paradise

Amsterdam, to the west of the city lies the De Nieuwe Anita, an underground cinema hidden away from the bustling wide-eyed throng of the centre. Every Monday evening, De Nieuwe Anita screens the banned and the provocative, hosted by the cinematic master of ceremonies – Mr Jeffrey Babcock. Jeff is a man whose knowledge and love of film is greater…


Talkies  •  October 9, 2014  •  by Mathilde Chapal

Buffalo ’66

Released in 1998 and directed by slightly insane artist/male escort/sperm donor Vincent Gallo, my recommendation for a truly out of the ordinary viewing is Buffalo ’66. The film takes the viewer into a world that is both dreamlike and unexpected, yet strangely familiar; hilariously pathetic and beautifully sad. The plot follows Billy (Vincent Gallo), who has just been released from prison after…


Talkies  •  September 3, 2014  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Secret Cinema

I’d been wanting to get to Secret Cinema for a while, the idea of watching a film from the perspective of being in the film is, I find, far more appealing than sitting in a dark room full of people complaining because you’re chewing too loud on your over-priced popcorn. My Secret experience began a…