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FrightFest 2013 Review – A Feast of Fear

Frightfest 2013 posterFrightFest 2013 was one of the best programmes the team have put together in the festival’s fourteen year history.

On Saturday morning Paul McEvoy said to me with equal parts surprise and delight that they had four screens running simultaneously, the demand for the movies this year was so great.

None of this is surprising; FrightFest has long been the festival with the reputation to which others can only aspire.  But, ironically surprise was the word of this year’s five day August Bank Holiday santa sangre.

Surprise from the very beginning as Bobcat Goldthwait took to the stage in the Empire, Leicester Square’s massive Screen1 and won over a crowd bemused that he had been awarded the honour.

“I know half of you thought I was dead,” Goldthwait deadpanned, “and I know the other half a...

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FrightFest 2013 – Five Days of Fear!

Frightfest 2013 posterNow in its 14th year, for lovers of horror and fantasy cinema Film4 FrightFest is the place to be.

Every August Bank Holiday thousands of film fans descend on the Empire cinema in London’s Leicester Square for five days of fear n’ fun.  And with over 50 movies playing across multiple screens, Frightfest 2013 promises to be another gala year of ghoulish delights.

Cinemagoers this August can expect a bodybag crammed with the most exciting, innovating and enjoyable movies from the UK, Hollywood and around the globe.

Glossy high budget thrills come courtesy of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges’ comic book adaptation R.I.P...

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Admission

ADMISSION-PosterDirector: Paul Weitz

Cast: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Lily Tomlin, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Cert: 12

Running time: 108mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: 30 Rock comedy queen Tina Fey and the ever-affable Paul Rudd head up this likeable romantic drama from About A Boy director Paul Weitz.  Fey is Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer whose routine life gets spun upside down when she meets Rudd’s John Pressman, a former college classmate now running an offbeat school.  Fizzy chemistry from the leads gets quality support from an engaging cast including Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin.

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The full verdict: Despite the presence of comedy queen Tina Fey and Judd Apatow muse Paul Rudd, Admission is less romcom than (to use an ugly word) romdram, with co...

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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#2 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Director: John Huston

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tom Holt, Alfonso Bedoya, Bruce Bennett

Cert: PG

Running time: 118mins

Year: 1948


Accolades:
1949 Academy Awards

Best Director
Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Best Supporting Actor

AFI 100 Years… 100 Movies (2007)
Ranked #38

AFI 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes (2005)
No. 36 – “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”

Contemporary review:
Treasure of Sierra Madre (Warner) is one of the best things Hollywood has done since it learned to talk – Time, 1948

Electric Shadows rating: medium_5

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The lowdown: John Huston’s 1948 masterpiece of avarice and moral corruption is a riveting psychological thriller wrapped in...

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The Look of Love

Look of Love posterDirector: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton, Chris Addison, James Lance, David Walliams

Cert: 18

Running time: 101 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Paul Raymond, Britain’s most successful smut baron, gets the 24 Hour Party People treatment in Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom’s latest collaboration.  Another Coogan creation to cherish, imagine a less likable Alan Partridge and more exposed breasts than a teenage lad’s internet browsing history.  The heady allure and ultimate emptiness of a drug-and-sex-fuelled life is laid bare in a funny, sobering, and fascinating movie, with knockout performances from all involved, particularly Coogan and Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots as the women in Raymond’s life.

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The Master

The-Master-Quad-Poster-1024x712Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jessie Plemons

Cert: 15

Running time: 137 mins

Year: 2012

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The lowdown: Paul Thomas Anderson follows the oily gothic of There Will Be Blood with another American obsession – self-help – in this masterly drama. Philip Seymour Hoffman is devilish dynamite as the charismatic cult leader of The Cause, a self-improvement “religion” not a million miles away from Scientology. Joaquin Phoenix, back from the wilderness of in-joke mockumentaries, also scores as a violent misfit who falls in with Hoffman’s gang of goofballs and is seen by the leader as a perfect test case for his outlandish theories...

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