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Booked In: a Booked Out – Review

Booked In: a Booked Out – Review

I'll admit, I assumed this was a film about comics. Turns out I was mostly wrong, but in the best possible way. If there's one thing that can be said about Booked Out that I see as complimentary to any film, it's that it's profoundly weird, and writer/director Bryan O'Neil should wear this particular label...

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Dead State: A Red State – Review

Dead State: A Red State – Review

Man. Man, man, man. Red State is not your average Kevin Smith flick. Part slasher horror, part political thriller, and part Westboro-levels of crazy, it's one dark mother of a film. I'm well-versed in Smith cinema, and I'd say all of his work up to Red State has been easily identifiable. This time around,...

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Weekend – Review

Weekend – Review

Weekend has been getting a massive amount of media love, especially in the US. If we ignore the hype this is still the best low budget, 2010s kitchen sink drama, which just happens to have two gay central characters, to have come out for a while. The film follows Russell (Tom Cullen) a softly-spoken,...

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The Bang Bang Club – DVD Review

The Bang Bang Club – DVD Review

Whenever we breathe a sigh of relief that somewhere in the world a war has finally finished, another one always seems to pop up somewhere else. But just in case we're tempted to try and forget about the whole sorry business, war photographers try to take our hands and lead us back to our humanity. Back in the...

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The Taqwacores – Review

The Taqwacores – Review

It's been a long time since rock and roll has been truly rock 'n' roll. Although 20 years ago Nirvana entertained us with their unique blend of teen spirit, you probably have to look even further back to Seventies punk for a genuinely threatening and questioning political, ethical stance. The Taqwacores takes the...

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Kaboom – a review

Kaboom – a review

I have never seen a Gregg Akari film before. Akari is widely held to be wonderful, he has made giant leaps for gay film and broken barriers in independent film. But before watching Kaboom I wasn't aware of this and was left somewhat bemused. Perhaps if I had known more about Akari I might have got more from the...

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On Tour (Tournée) – Reviewed

On Tour (Tournée) – Reviewed

Mathieu Amalric's Joachim Zand in On Tour (Tournée), the manager of a group of American Burlesque girls on tour of Western France, is quite a long way from his role as Bond villain, Dominic Greene in The Quantum of Solace. Having said that, Joachim is not an entirely likeable man, even if he isn't as evil as...

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Forget Me Not- a review

Forget Me Not- a review

The poster for Forget Me Not doesn't really do it any favours. A 'stunning' London skyline, a couple looking loving at each other and the tag line 'Love can happen in 24 hours'. It's cheesy and you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect just from that. However with quotes saying it is 'achingly beautiful'...

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Terry the movie – reviewed

Terry the movie – reviewed

"I'm a real f***ing person", says Terry, the anti-hero of Nick Nevern's new movie. Terry isn't exactly a real person, as this isn't a real documentary. But it feels pretty real until the credits come up and reveal that Terry was written, directed and played by Nevern himself. Rough and ready sums up Terry, the...

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True Grit – reviewed

True Grit – reviewed

True Grit is a Western, but not quite as we know it. For starters, the hero is a fourteen-year-old girl with a very intimate knowledge of the bible. Young Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld) has read the good book and knows how to use it. As she puts it, "There is nothing free except the grace of God."...

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