Swearing allegiance to the flag

Tom Bonnick speaks to the director and stars of In the Loop about Washington motorcades, being too clever for success, and finding comedy in unexpected…

Observe and Report (Dir. Jody Hill)

Tom Bonnick I suppose it’s inevitable that eventually Seth Rogen would tire of playing the same lovable stoner goofball in each of his tri-monthly releases. Caveats aside, Pineapple Express didn’t prepare anyone for Observe and Report — a sort…

State of Play (Dir. Kevin McDonald)

Claire Strickett After a somewhat fraught production process, the film adaptation of the acclaimed BBC mini-series State of Play has finally made it onto the big screen. The action has shifted from London to Washington D.C, and none of…

Perks of the job

Lewis Porteous It goes without saying that organising the content of a bi-weekly student paper’s two page film spread is a job of which there are many perks. One such lagniappe is that I am occasionally invited to special…

Our greatest atrocity

Lewis Porteous ‘OMG da Holocauzt totally SUCKED!!! LOL letz uze it in r movie. P.S. Apple and Red Bull say that if we show their products on screen, then they’ll let us keep them for free.’ So read ace…

Marley & Me (Dir: David Frankel)

Laura Doherty One of my very first cinema-going memories is from the time I saw Beethoven in the Clydebank UCI; a screening which had a fifteen minute interval in the middle where the audience could meet and greet two…

Wendy and Lucy (Dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Tom Bonnick Through no fault of her own, Michelle Williams has over the years acquired a number of apparently indelible labels, which until recently it seemed that she would never be able to shed from her career and personal…

The Young Victoria (Dir. Jean Marc Vallée)

Louise Ogden Despite being England’s longest reigning monarch to date, Victoria has hardly proved a feature film favourite, her most notable depiction being ‘Mrs Brown’, in which Judi Dench painted a picture of the sour-faced, mourning widow she became…

Gran Torino (Dir. Clint Eastwood)

Claire Strickett For what it has been said will be his last ever appearance in front of the camera, Clint Eastwood has chosen a role that cleverly plays on our familiarity with his long, impressive career.  Gran Torino casts…

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Dir: Peter Sollett)

Tom Bonnick As its title suggests, there is very little more to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist than one long, extended boast about how cool a load of underground bands are. Perhaps its lack of conventional narrative and motifs…