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Imitation Girl

Director: Natasha Kermani

Writer: Natasha Kerman

Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Sanam Erfani, Catherine Mary Stewart, Adam David Thompson, Lewis Black

Cert: 15 (tbc)

Running time: 84mins

Year: 2017




What’s the story: In New Mexico, an alien being falls to earth and adopts the form of young New York porn actress, Julianna Fox. Taken in by an Iranian man and his sister, the alien begins assimilating with humankind. In New York, Julianna is having greater difficulty doing the same.

What’s the verdict: Natasha Kermani’s Imitation Girl is one 2017’s real discoveries. As exciting as fellow Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was when it wowed audiences in 2014.

A mumblecore take on The Man Who Fell to Earth and Under the ...

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Freaks (1932)

Freaks---posterDirector: Tod Browning

Writer: Tod Robbins (original story)

Cast: Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Olga Baclanova, Henry Victor, Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Daisy Hilton, Violet Hilton

Cert: 12

Running time: 64mins

Year: 1932

 

The lowdown: Originally banned in the UK for 30 years, Freaks is one of cinema’s most bizarre curate’s eggs. Progressive at the time for humanising its deformed cast, nonetheless it drew condemnation globally for putting real-life “freaks” onscreen. But, this may have reflected contemporary sensibilities of “good taste” – to modern eyes uncomfortable moments remain, but Freaks is a fascinating film.

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The full verdict: The real monsters are the “big people”...

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2014 – Rewind and Re-View

With 2015 fast becoming a reality, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2014?

As is tradition, let’s begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Transformers - Age of Extinction - Dinobot, Optimus Prime

Having sex and accidentally crying out your mum’s name. Going for a bowel movement only to look down and see blood. Jelly wrestling Eamonn Holmes. The only thing worse than these is watching all 165 minutes of the fourth instalment of the over-heated, overlong, mean-spirited toy advert franchise. It cost $210m and no-one could transform the idea into a decent script?


ONGOING INDICATIONS THESE ARE THE END OF DAYS – TRANSFORMERS & MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE’S BOX OFFICE

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The only thing more depressing than a fourth Transformers movie is the fact it was 2014’s box office champion, with o...

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Lucy (2014)

Lucy - Scarlett Johansson, posterDirector: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson

Cast: Scarlett Johnasson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2014

 

As Lucy is the work of a teenager whose read some Richard Dawkins and watched a few John Woo movies, we’ve decided to publish the director’s school report…

Summary: This year Luc Besson submitted “Lucy” as his end of term project. In Lucy Scarlett Johansson plays the titular average girl, who is forced to become a drugs mule by Korean gangsters, transporting a new narcotic in her belly. The drug bag bursts when she is assaulted by Taiwanese thugs, releasing large doses into her bloodstream, making Lucy super-intelligent. She then has to defeat the gangsters, get more of the drug to survive and unlock the secrets of the universe...

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Adam Pearson talks Under The Skin

Adam Pearson interview - Under the Skin, Scarlett JohanssonFor an incredibly busy man, Adam Pearson is generous with his time. On Good Friday this year, his one day off that week, Adam met up with us to discuss his experiences on the astonishing Under the Skin.

Pearson, who has the condition neurofibromatosis, plays a young man ensnared by Scarlett Johansson’s predatory alien. One of the many questions the film throws up is how would a being with no concept of beauty react to facial disfigurement?

Over a lively hour in a Croydon Caffe Nero, Pearson gave us the lowdown on the (literal) pain he went through in getting the role, lazy stereotypes movies and TV apply to disfigurement, and working with one of Hollywood’s brightest A-list stars.

Electric Shadows: A question you’re probably sick of answering, but your condition is neurofibromatosis?

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