Monthly Archives August 2016

Francesca (2015)

Francesca---posterDirector: Luciano Onetti

Writer: Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti

Cast: Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Gustavo Dalessanro

Cert: TBC

Running time: 79mins

Year: 2015



What’s the story: Two detectives hunting a serial killer must probe into the unsolved disappearance of young girl Francesca fifteen years previously.

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What’s the verdict: Following in the bloody footsteps of Berbarian Sound Studio, Amer and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, Luciano Onetti’s Francesca is the latest movie to refract the giallo through an arthouse lens.

A loose story has Inspector Moretti (Rodriguez) investigating a series of brutal murders in 1970s Italy, a case that repeatedly returns him to the unsolved vanishing of Francesca a decade and a half earlier...

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Suicide Squad – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 11 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, in which Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis tackle Suicide Squad, ponder the future of DC movies, realise they have spent around 15 hours this year watching and talking about DC movies, and Rob Daniel wonders why films now can’t be more like Crocodile Dundee II. Rob Wallis also gets warm and fuzzy with Finding Dory and Rob Daniel is mightily impressed with chilled out entertainer David Brent in Life on the Road.

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Sites. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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David Brent: Life on the Road

David-Brent-Life-on-the-Road---Ricky-Gervais-posterDirector: Ricky Gervais

Writer: Ricky Gervais

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Tom Basden, Jo Hartley, Tom Bennett, Andy Burrows, Nina Sosanya

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: One time reality TV star David Brent takes an unpaid sabbatical from his job repping for Slough lavatory company Lavichem to embark on a self-funded rock n’ roll tour. In tow is his reluctant protégé, young rapper Dom, exasperated road manager Dan, and agog session musicians. All caught on camera by the returning documentary crew. Will Brent find fame and the free love freeway?

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What’s the verdict: When it ended with a perfect Christmas double bill back in 2003, The Office had David Brent reclaim his soul, got him a girlfriend and pulled off a humdinger of a happy ending.

Surprisi...

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Must-See Movies At FrightFest 2016

FrightFest-2016-feature-imageFrightFest returns this August Bank Holiday for its seventeenth year. And while the festival has been a mainstay of London’s Leicester Square for sixteen years, this time it is relocating to the 12-screen Vue Cinema in West London’s Shepherd’s Bush from 25th – 29th August.

FrightFest 2016 also has a new sponsor, with the Horror Channel appropriately now the headline backer.

But, while some things have changed, the festival still boasts the expected pedigree. Over 5 days 62 films will be showcased, spanning 16 countries.

Bracketing the festival is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents...

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Jon Ford Goes On The Offensive

Jon-FordJon Ford, who, alongside his brother Howard, gave the zombie genre a shot of fresh blood with their unusual, memorable action-horror movies The Dead & The Dead 2. Here Jon talks about his first solo feature film, Offensive, a dark, violent tale of rage and revenge set in rural France, which receives its World Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest 2016.

Firstly, congratulations Jon, on completing your first solo feature film. Has this been a long time in the making ?

Jon Ford: Thank you, it has indeed been a long time in the making, in fact a lifetime nearly! This is a very personal film as it’s based on true events that I’ve experienced. It’s almost a compilation of scenarios that have made a lasting impression on me...

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Suicide Squad

Suicide-Squad---posterDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz

Cert: 15

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: After the events of Batman v Superman, shadowy government agent Amanda Waller recruits the most dangerous prisoners languishing in the toughest prisons in exchange for time off their sentences. Charged with defending the world against any “meta-human” threat, it’s not long before their first high-risk mission arrives.

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What’s the verdict: Poor ol’ Suicide Squad...

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