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Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Producers: Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir

Cinematography: Lawrence Sher

Editor: Jeff Groth

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: Gotham, 1981. As the world goes to ruin, mentally ill clown impersonator Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) begins to lose his sanity.

What’s the verdict: After all the critical adulation, it’s a punchline worthy of the Clown Prince of Crime himself that Joker isn’t very good.

We’re in early 80s Gotham for DC’s latest movie...

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Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Future-Shock-posterDirector: Paul Goodwin

Writer: Paul Goodwin

Cast: Pat Mills, John Wagner, Alan Grant, Kevin O’Neill, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Leah Moore, David Bishop, Alex Garland, Karl Urban

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2014




The lowdown: Long overdue account of Britain’s most punk comic, from its birth in the ashes of previous boys’ comics in 1977, the 1980s golden age, the rocky 90s and its rebirth in the noughties. Director Paul Goodwin presents the unvarnished truth recounted in colourful language and illustrated with gorgeous panels taken from hundreds of issues (or “progs” in 2000AD speak). Creator Pat Mills leads the charge, but the range of interviewees include Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin O’Neill and recent Dredd movie writer and star Alex Garland and Karl Urban...

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Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins Get On With The Show (Pieces)!

Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins Q&A - two shotAlan Moore rarely ventures outside his native Northampton, so when he does you know it’s for a good reason.

And Show Pieces, the short film portmanteau he’s created with collaborator Mitch Jenkins, is a very good reason. The film received its world premiere at the renowned FrightFest horror and fantasy film festival in London’s Leicester Square in August 2014 and Moore and Jenkins were on hand to discuss their project.

An anthology movie in the style of David Lynch meets 1970s Amicus films meets The League of Gentlemen, Show Pieces is unusual, imaginative and proof of cinematic life in the Home Counties.

Made in Moore’s beloved Northampton, it weaves in the writer’s other preoccupations; mysticism, magic, eroticism, and life and death (although not necessarily in that order).

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Show Pieces

Show Pieces - Darrell D'Silva, Khandie Khisses, Andrew Buckley, Siobhan Hewlett, Alan MooreDirector: Mitch Jenkins

Writer: Alan Moore

Cast: Siobhan Hewlett, Darrell D’Silva, Andrew Buckley, Khandie Khisses

Cert: 18

Running time: 75mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Alan Moore pens this short film portmanteau that follows two different characters into the underworld. Moore motifs of eroticism, magick, ancient death myths and Northampton all surface in striking stories from the comic guru’s twilight zone.

Show Pieces - Siobhan Hewlett, phone, mouth close upShow Pieces - Siobhan Hewlett

The full verdict: Saying Alan Moore is circumspect about movie adaptations of his work is like saying Richard Dawkins is on the fence about religion.

Perhaps surprising then to see him writing work for the big screen. Although he may subscribe to the adage, ‘if you want something done properly, do it yourself’.

And Moore is nothing if not versatile; remember, he wrote 2000...

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FrightFest 2014 – A Vue To A Kill

FrightFest 2014 - poster detailA round-up of this year’s scare fair.

FrightFest was 15 years old this August Bank Holiday and the organisers celebrated in style, with over 60 features and 20 short films scaring the popcorn from the hands of thousands of baying horror fans.

But, while FrightFest was the one celebrating a birthday, it was actually the ticket buyers who got the tricks and treats.

Every film festival stands or falls on the quality of the movies available, horror in particular, but FrightFest consistently presents a meaty programme of fear flicks year after year for fans to feast upon.

2014 was no exception. Opening movie The Guest cast Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a mad war veteran you definitely wouldn’t want to take home to mum, and was a roof-raising crowd pleaser.

Closing the festival sixty-odd mo...

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