Opinion

Indie Stream: YouTube and independent filmmaking

Indie Stream: YouTube and independent filmmaking

For those who wish to immerse themselves in the world of filmmaking, but without the trappings and limitations of the many studios who produce films that are often, at best, cookie-cutter "safe" products meant for mass consumption, there aren't many places left to go. Or rather, this was the case, before...

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Kickstarted: crowdfunding films

Kickstarted: crowdfunding films

Attempting to garner funding for any project is extremely difficult if you happen to lack any kind of deal that certifies you as A Thing That Will Be Released. Publishers and studios are a solid foundation upon which to place your project, your hopes, and your dreams. But if you don't have that, fear not: you...

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Dark Shadows – Review

Dark Shadows – Review

Dark Shadows is everything you would expect from a Tim Burton film; it has a twisted and sinister plot, the weather always seems to be dull and rainy, and of course it stars Johnny Depp wearing a lot of eye-liner. Despite Burton's predictable criteria, Dark Shadows is still entertaining and...

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Why I’ll Watch a Period Drama

Why I’ll Watch a Period Drama

There are more than a few reasons why I would happily watch a period drama film, but I'll start by telling you what they're not. It's not because I secretly love a good rom-com, but prefer to watch predictable plotlines play out under the guise of something slightly more high-brow. It's not because I...

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Why I won’t watch a period drama

Why I won’t watch a period drama

Not a fan of period dramas? Chris Tosan doesn't like most of them, either. Here's why. "Well, that's two hours of my life I'll never get back." This is a phrase familiar to those who ever feel like the amount of time they have left on earth has been wasted by some trivial or otherwise lacklustre experience. As...

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Are 3D films on their way out again?

Are 3D films on their way out again?

It appears that the number of 3D films in 2012 will total 33, which compared to last year's 47, is something of a sharp decline. Is 3D out again? 3D films, when I was a child, involved a pair of glasses with one red lens, and one green. They were made of coloured plastic and cardboard, and films back then were...

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Unpacking The Poster: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Unpacking The Poster: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The first poster has been released for the lengthily-titled Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - but how much does this really reveal about this upcoming sci-fi comedy drama? TFR take a closer...

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Jean Dujardin’s racy poster – scandal or political correctness gone too far?

Jean Dujardin’s racy poster – scandal or political correctness gone too far?

The Artist star Jean Dujardin has been at the centre of controversy in France this week after a promotional poster for his new film has been criticised as being far too risqué. Not only that, but many people have also been questioning whether or not this will damage his chances of winning an Oscar for...

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Hollywood – listen to the online indie buzz

Hollywood – listen to the online indie buzz

Sometimes, you've got to wonder what they're smoking in Hollywood. Trashy action films and endless period dramas mean lots of revenue and Academy Awards, but the diamonds in the rough, so lauded by the web, go ignored. Why should it be this way? I love indie cinema. I say this unabashed, because I believe that...

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Film streaming: fad, or future?

Film streaming: fad, or future?

Digital content streaming via the web seems to be the next big thing in terms of watching a film or two at home. But will it stand the test of time, and is it an adequate replacement for DVD? Streaming films is one of the best things that ever happened to my evening's cinematic entertainment. Being able to...

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