It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.
Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a travelling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
It was peculiar to hear yesterday the SYP Chief Constable apologising “even now” for the abuse of power way back then, or the BBC’s own emphasis that 1989 was comparatively much more recent history than police corruption in the 1960s. The reality of it is, this wasn’t just a criminal conspiracy perpetrated back at the[…]
On his popular Facebook page tonight, one man posted “Ramadan Mubarak” for his Muslim followers – a simple gesture of goodwill not unlike wishing someone “Merry Christmas”. Unfortunately, a few people took this as opportunity (in their minds, provocation) to spew hate in the most tiresomely clichéd manner. My mind was cast back to one of my old film lecturers revealing, in one of his wonderful tangents, that he had recently written about the major role music had played in the defeat of racism in the United States across the 20th Century, no doubt with regular reference to Bob Dylan.
The germination of this particular memory was in all probability due to the tragic events in Colorado last night, the news of which horrified me – in all honesty more than other mass shootings in recent memory. One particular aspect stuck out but didn’t surprise me: many of those witnesses and victims at first believed the gunfire to be part of the film they were watching, which happened to be The Dark Knight Rises. All sorts has been written about how we engage with film, how it reproduces the workings of experience (such as the optic system) and the human mind. The metaphor often used is “dreaming”. While on that plane, those in Theatre 9 were needless to say in a tremendously vulnerable state. I and many members of this site were lucky enough to see the film two days early, but these people were attending a midnight screening, their very first opportunity to see the film, their anticipation that eager.
Christopher Nolan, the director, released a statement a few hours ago. One line in particular echoed my own feelings:
The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
But cinema is not just a sanctuary for escapism. I believe it is a place of compassion. When we invest ourselves in characters and situations we become stronger, better people. On some level we learn to recognise ourselves in others. In her essay on the issue of Aboriginal representation in film, there is a passage by Marcia Langton in which she claims the worst form of representation is none at all. Rather than “Why are people racist?”, she prefers to ask, “Why are some people not racist?” It is a profound observation. There is a process of learning and experience involved, but it is one which requires constant renewal. Seeing more films, reading more books and comics – regardless of what is claimed by the sensationalist media – can only help to destroy social barriers, race, religion, class or other. Not only that, art helps us find purpose and true appreciation for one another. It is thus greatly saddening to realise that many will be put off going to the cinema by what happened in Colorado, at least for a while. It is my belief that no-one with this appreciation would willingly raise a gun at a fellow human being, or so readily spout hate over the internet. Luckily I know we’re all tolerant and understanding people, but I implore you: keep seeing films. Don’t let them win.
And Ramadan Mubarak for my Muslim friends.
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.
Trailer goes here etc, imdb and rating
Ok, gonna post a comment on this blog entry, and hopefully it’ll show up as a reply on the forum. Then gonna post a reply on the forum, and hope it shows up as a blog entry comment. Here goes.
So, last year, Beate demolished everyone else’s score with daylight between her and the nearest competitor. The question on everyone’s mind was, is she gonna do it again? Well, no surprises here, she got a great score (16). But she was just edged out by markrobertpetty with a whopping 17 correct predictions, who takes home[…]
2 years ago marked (after a hiccuppy start) FMUK’s move to a stable host and its official beginning. Since then we’ve been through a lot, and seen a lot of free previews (I imagine the cumulative number is horrifyingly large), and had a lot of fun. So a big shout out to all our members,[…]
Play our prediction game and win a £5 DVD voucher! Last year we had a lot of fun with this, and it was great to see people get involved in a bit of competition so we thought we’d do it again! Beate will be hoping to win again, but it’s all up for grabs –[…]
Also starring Chloe Moretz from (500) Days of Summer…
I have only one thing to say: the Joker’s origins were meant to be ambiguous… 😉 Chat and comment on the forum
Forum regular bevvy far preferred it to Shaun of the Dead. The BM bit was particularly funny. Yes, the film is is gory, but only in a slapstick kind of way. A good night out. 8/10 from me What did you think of the film? Share your thoughts on the forum, and don’t forget to[…]
Word on the forum is generally negative. Says jupe17: Didn’t like it one bit… very tiring, very unfunny and overstayed its welcome by a good 15-20 minutes Read more comments and discuss!
This by no mean looks a bad film, but I think it might give an unrealistic, Mail-tinted view of “thuggish” Britain. We’ll see. Some reviews in already… andrews gives full marks and reports: Absolutely marvellous – this is easily the best film I’ve seen all year. Michael Caine does the Gran Torino, and boy, how[…]
Perhaps it’s because I grew up with the Toy Story movies, but I found this trailer heartwarming and nostalgic – and you might too. Toy Story 3 is due to hit cinemas in July.
It’s back! After a super-early preview screening in the capital, Pixar’s latest is to be shown across the country ahead of its October release. Why not read Beate’s great review, and as always read more thoughts and submit your own on the forum.
Ms Thrifty shares: It’s quite a long film but rewards patience. I know some of the facts were changed but I suppose there were limits to the liberties which could be taken as both the main characters are real people; this might explain the ending, refreshingly muted by Hollywood standards. Discuss this film
Beate’s first once again: This film shows us how every year flamingos from all over return to the Natron Lake in Tanzania to mate and rear chicks. The landscape is stunning and the story very interesting, with the added cutesy factor of the flamingo chicks. I had never seen flamingos land or take off just[…]
Hot off the first preview, chrivic reports: There is no doubt that it is all very well done, written/acted etc. I thought it could have been a little shorter but then I’ve been really tired today after a late night last night. It gets a healthy 7/10 from me but on balance I prefer Saturday[…]
mdweaver says: I found it all a bit arty-farty. There were a couple of funny bits, his parents at the start, and the fruit cake “cousin” and her family, but was quite bored by the end. No more than 6/10. Discuss this film on the forum
Maybeelady gives it a thumbs up: I saw this today and thought it was great (coming from someone who knows zilch about surfing!). Really engaging, fantastic footage and nicely edited – much, much better than I expected. The first time I’d seen anything at the IMAX as well. Find out more and have your say
Says Beate: I thought this was a lovely film, 5 scenes in the life of a family, each one concentrating on one of them but showing the progress of the others too. Believable family life, it was interesting to see the kids grow up, especially the second son looked miles better at the end than[…]
Reports are coming in that disastrous organisation resulted in a vast number of people being turned away from this screening, even after waiting as instructed by the cinema staff. One such person was a certain Birthday Gal whose evening wasn’t ruined I hope. Tut-tut Momentum. One of the “lucky” ones to get in eventually was[…]
Despite missing the first 5 minutes, andrews liked it: It was quirky, gentle, and amusing in places. Just right for a Sunday morning! I enjoyed it. 7/10 from me. Forum thread, IMDB
There are many past previews that haven’t been recorded here on the homepage/blog, so I shall do so now… Reviews and more after the jump…
In a highly publicised move, 20th Century Fox organised a worldwide ‘Avatar Day’ in which members of the public (including many members of this site) were shown more than 15 minutes of footage of the hyped-as-revolutionary 3D film ahead of its December release. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? chief100 reports: I will[…]
Forum member Elski says: What a great film! I’m tempted to say it’s the best war film I’ve ever seen (but then I’ve not seen that many ) so I guess it’s probably better to say it’s the best that represents the iraq occupation and become a classic in that way. I think it’s good[…]
Tarantino’s tense latest delighted the majority of forum members, the first of which to review the film (nintendo) said: saw this 2day, 10/10 film of the year for me great dialogue as is always the case with Tarantino films, and a fantastic blend of comedy, drama and action. Quite gruesome in places but it fits[…]
If you are going to see this on 1st September, you might appreciate what some forum members thought of it on 17th August. For all past previews starting now, I’ll be publishing the first review posted on the forum… Says Ms Thrifty: I thought this was a pleasant, if undistinguished teen movie and an enjoyable[…]
Dilemma: on the one hand there’s Judd Apatow, Comedy King of Hollywood, bringing along his usuals (Rogen, Hill and real-life wife Leslie Mann) and two talented actors new to his world, but not new to comedy – Schwartzman, hilarious in I Heart Huckabees and due to break out with a mysterious role in next year’s[…]
Shocking, offensive – just the way you like it?
So an Irishman, an Englishman, a Scotsman, a Jew, Gordon Brown, Bono and the Pope walk into a pub. The barman says, “Is this some kind of joke?” That’s exactly how I feel about this film, because of this trailer.
John Travolta needs another Vincent Vega – another unusual role in a big film to revive his career. Will this be it?
Here’s a little peculiarity for you… If you recall I openly praised Johnny Depp in yesterday’s Public Enemies post…
Most people didn’t like Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s segment of 2007’s double bill Grindhouse. Personally I liked the film and I’m sure I would have loved it if I had grown up during the era of exploitation flicks it faithfully replicated. At any rate, the only real complaint you hear is that it was ‘boring’.[…]
Handy guide added! Make the forum your own by changing its look and making full use of its functions!
The Hangover is a Vegas-set comedy about a bachelor party gone very, very wrong. It’s also possibly FMUK’s favourite comedy of the year, received very enthusiastically even by those who would usually steer clear of cruder comedies.