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It takes a monumental event to alter the pace of change. With the advent of streaming services and improvements in home viewing equipment, cinema business in the UK was on slightly rocky ground even before COVID-19. Odeon, Cineworld, and Vue managed to weather the full lockdown earlier in the year, but the much needed return to normal business hasn't materialised, and this week UK cinema's big hope for 2020 walked away to.

It was expected that one of the biggest films of the year would be Daniel Craig's last Bond instalment No Time To Die (2020). Despite its bland trailer, anticipation for the film was still high. Full lockdown saw its release date moved from April to October 2020, and as Autumn arrived cinema chains were hopeful that Bond would come to the rescue and start pulling in much needed punters, even with social distancing still in place. < ... Read more »

Views: 82 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-10-06 | Comments (0)

Part six in our Films Films and Me series and it’s our own editor David T from Kent revealing his movie choices.

1. The First Film I Saw At The Cinema

Peter Pan (1953) the classic Disney animation got a re-release in the mid-eighties and my parents took my sister and me to see it.  I have vague recollections of sitting in a big dark room wi ... Read more »

Views: 273 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-04-18 | Comments (0)

World changing moments come along once or twice in a lifetime. As the effects of the corona virus now go global it marks the second such moment I’ve experienced in my thirty-nine years. Like 9/11, the Cuba Missile Crisis, and World War Two, the pages of history will be forever scribed with a before and after corona marker.

Unlike previous events though, unless you’ve visited a supermarket or hospital in the last two weeks you’d be forgiven for wondering what exactly has changed. Walking to work, sitting in the office, heading out for jogs, everything seems the same as it was a month ago when most of us still thought corona was something you put a wedge o ... Read more »

Views: 237 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-03-19 | Comments (0)

Part Five in our Films Films & Me series and Tristian C from Arkansas takes us through the key films from his years of movie viewing. 

1. The First Film I Saw At The Cinema

Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (2000) was my first. I was eight and went with my mom. I don't remember much more except that I was big on the Rugrats back in those days.

2. The Funniest Film I’ve Seen

I would have to say Evil Laugh (1986). The dance montage and Johnny's line "Kill Connie! She's upstairs!" still get me.

3.  The Scariest Film I’ve Seen

Tourist Trap (1979). I first saw this movie at the age of nine and didn't know what to think. To this day, Chuck Connors' performance as the killer and the laughing/shrieking mannequins ... Read more »

Views: 277 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-02-26 | Comments (0)

One of the things that has always infuriated me are people who haven’t read, seen, or heard something, yet declare it to be rubbish. “I haven’t heard the album yet but I think it should be banned … yeah, I’ve not read the book but no way should it win the Booker prize … I’ve not seen that film but I know its complete shite”. If you’ve seen a film, you can have an opinion on it; if you haven’t, keep your mouth shut until you have.

I suspect the job of President of the United States is a busy one. With a country of 323million people to look after there isn’t time for frivolous things like updating your Twitter feed or watching films. That doesn’t stop the current President declaring the recent Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite (2019) to be an unworthy watch though. At a recent Trump rally the Presiden ... Read more »

Views: 289 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-02-22 | Comments (0)

Part four in our Films Films And Me series and we have a movie podcasting legend talk us through some of the key movies in his life, Joseph Henson from the The Hysteria Continues slasher movie podcast. THC is just reaching its ten year anniversary and recently recorded its two-hundredth episode. Taking an entertaining look at the slasher movie genre, each episode is packed with humour and insider info, discussion and debate. 

The trans-Atlantic quartet of Joseph, Nathan, Eric, and Justin have received much praise within the podcasting community for creating one of the best movie podcasts. Across the two hundred plus episodes THC have covered all aspects of the slasher movie from the classics, to the obscure, to remakes, modern slashers, proto-slashers, giallo, krimi, and everything in between. THC have also been commissioned to record numerous film commentaries for clas ... Read more »

Views: 338 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-02-13 | Comments (0)

Another year and another Oscar ceremony goes by without having made the requisite changes to wrestle back the interest of the average movie fan. Thankfully a couple of the award decisions saved the ceremony from being one of the worst ever, but it was a close-run thing. 

There was a time when the Academy Awards were much revered, when Joe Public cared who the winners were, but that hasn’t been the case for some time. Over the past few years the curtain has been pulled back on Hollywood and the grubby, corrupt gears of the machine have been revealed. Take a look back over the winner’s speeches from various movie award ceremonies from the past twenty years and you’ll be shocked by just how many actors lauded Harvey Weinstein as a great guy and a credit to the industry.

I find it hard to believe that all of them had no idea what was going on. Some wer ... Read more »

Views: 282 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-02-11 | Comments (0)

The return of our ‘Films Films and Me’ feature and Derek T from New Hampshire takes us through the films that have made up some key movie watching moments. 

1. The First Film I Saw At The Cinema -
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). I was four when it came out. I was enthralled. My mom likes to tell the story about how, at the end of the movie, I was in tears and she sat me in her lap. I told her "I'm not crying, I'm just pouting". I don't remember too much about the experience aside from this, but I do remember owning a pile of E.T. merchandise. I still have my vinyl covered E.T. plush and E.T. bubble-bath. The other films I remember seeing when I was in my early movie-going phase were The Care Bears Movie (1985), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Return of the Jedi (1983) and Gremlins (1984), so I ha ... Read more »

Views: 233 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2020-01-26 | Comments (0)

When it comes to Star Wars most fans would benefit from a reminder that the films are made primarily as adventure stories for children. What’s also forgotten is that when Star Wars (1977) arrived it had the space adventure sub-genre all to itself; there had been nothing like it before and nothing to compare it to.

Even so, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand’s original trilogy was a lot better than it had any right to be. As such, expectations for further Star Wars outings were very high. Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (2019) is thus a film 42 years in the making, the final word on the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han.

The prequel trilogy, for all the hype surrounding it, never had to contend with these expectations. Being set before A New Hope the films didn’t have to handle the beloved original cas ... Read more »

Views: 329 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2019-12-21 | Comments (0)

Just as VHS gave way to DVD, so my DVD collection is being replaced with blu-ray. For financial reasons I’m being selective as to what films get the high-def upgrade , but there have been a lot of horror films on my blu-ray shopping list. Rather than send the unwanted DVDs off to one of those online sites that offers you peanuts for them, I’ve brought them in to work to sell for charity.

This week I put a “Halloween Special” sign next to them to try and cash in on the season. Seeing the long line of scary DVDs a colleague cautiously enquired about my love for such dubious looking movies as The Burning (1981) and Suspiria (1977). I mentioned my fondness for Halloween but couldn’t follow that up with an explanation as to where that love came from; so began a stagger back through the mist of my memory.

The roots we ... Read more »

Views: 323 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2019-10-27 | Comments (0)

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