Son of Rambow (2007)

July 27, 2008

Son of Rambow, set in 1980′s England, tells the story of two young schoolboys making a home-video addition to the Rambo series. This promising theme gives rise to one of the most hilarious comedies in recent cinema, memorable not only for countless laugh-out-loud moments but also for its engaging and unexpectedly moving story. Read more

Mamma Mia (2008)

July 25, 2008

Mamma Mia is made for the sheer fun of it all. True, it is banking on the immense popularity of the stage musical, which I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed.  I am giving away no secrets here – the plot of “Mamma Mia! is flimsy at best. If you can call it a plot, that is. The basic premise – a young girl trying to find out who her real dad is on the eve of her wedding – is merely an excuse to string along a whole number of ABBA songs. It was so in the stage musical and it is the same in the movie. Read more

The Dark Knight – Batman (2008)

July 24, 2008

The Dark Knight is the latest instalment of the Batman saga, the second of Christopher Nolan’s masterful re-working of the comic book hero. Following on from the brooding darkness of Batman Begins, Nolan sets about recreating the gloomy underworld of Gotham, but this time it is more complex, more terrifying and somehow more believable. Read more

The Wackness (2008)

July 18, 2008

The Wackness – The movie grabs you from the start and doesn’t let up until it ends. Set in New York 1994 it is a story about a troubled drug dealer Luke Shapiro(played excellently by Josh Peck) who has struck a deal with his therapist Dr.Squires(Ben Kingsley in one of his best performances in many years) in which he will trade him weed in exchange for sessions. Along the way he falls for Dr.Squires’ step-daughter Stephanie(played by the extremely talented Olivia Thirlby).

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Wall-E Movie (2008)

July 9, 2008

Wall-E – A square-bodied, binocular-faced, wide-eyed, little robot named Wall E lives potentially one of the loneliest lives imaginable. He is the only remaining inhabitant of earth, machine or organism (that is save a cockroach he adopts early on). Day in, day out, he continues the dutiful task he was beset by his creators: Read more

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

May 15, 2008

A brilliant example of a comedy movie (funny and hilarious), Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Karl Penn) are now en route to Amsterdam, weed capital of the world, where they can indulge in their favourite drug and be high all the time. Secondary objective is of course Harold’s quest to look for Maria and on the way they bump into Vanessa Kumar’s ex-girlfriend who introduced him to the world of marijuana. But with the idiotic duo, what you see in the trailer had to happen, and being accused as agents of North Korea and Al-Qaeda, they get sent to Guantanamo Bay where they soon bust out of. Read more

What’s a Gaffer? – What people do in a film crew part 3

April 29, 2008

The last time we looked at the people who make the “look” of the film for you. This time, in the last part of this series, we will look at the people behind the camera making what you see and hear.

The Director of Photography is the chief of the camera and lighting crew of the film. The DoP makes decisions on lighting and framing of scenes in conjunction with the film’s director. Typically, the director tells the DoP how he wants the film to look, and the DoP then chooses the correct aperture, filter, and lighting to achieve the desired effect. Read more

What’s a Gaffer? – What people do in a film crew part 2

April 29, 2008

In my last article I described the various members of the Production Staff of a film project.  In Part Two we will go on to discover the other members of a film crew and find out what they do.  In this part we will look at the members of the project that make the “look” of the film. Read more

What’s a Gaffer? – What people do in a film crew part 1

April 29, 2008

Have you ever been reading the credits at the end of a film and wondered, “What in the world is a Gaffer?” Or a Best Boy? Or a Dolly Grip? Well, you wouldn’t be the first. Unless you are working in the film industry or closely connected to it, you really wouldn’t need to know these terms for your every day life. But… everyone watches movies, whether it is in the theatre or at home, with a tape or a DVD, or on the television. Read more

Black Sheep (2007)

April 6, 2008

Black Sheep is an enjoyable horror/comedy about an outbreak of homicidal tendencies among a flock of sheep at a remote New Zealand farm.  It features some outrageous gore but also some good performances from the cast and some gorgeous scenery. Read more

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