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Entries Tagged as 'film'

Ratatouille and Mario and Sonic

December 27th, 2007 · No Comments

A brief roundup of things I have watched, read and played over the Christmas period:
Ratatouille is in contention for my ‘most rewatchable movie’ award. This has previously been the sole province of Master and Commander, another movie that doesn’t adhere to normal traditions of pacing and plotting. I’ve watched Ratatouille about four times now (at [...]

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November 20th, 2007 · 5 Comments

If you’re making a movie that’s ‘family-friendly’ with a PG rating, then you can forget about having any real swearing in the dialogue. This is generally not hard to do, but certain dramatic or funny moments (e.g. imminent death, huge tidal wave, just finished beating up bad guys) can call for dialogue that, if it [...]

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Transformers – not enough robots

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

That’s what this wonderfully incisive Movie Preview Review says, anyway:

I’m going to see the movie – for the robots.

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Ratatouille: A terrible experience

July 1st, 2007 · No Comments

Update: Jen Winter has contacted me and apologised for the email, which I’ve accepted. All sorted now.
Ratatouille is, by all accounts, a magnificent movie. Potentially Pixar’s best, and that’s saying a lot. And of course, it’s a very important film – these movies cost a lot to make and if they fail, that’s tens of [...]

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Releasing Ratatouille

June 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Take a look at this list of release dates for Pixar’s new movie, Rataouille. It astounds me that a major movie like this can be released in the UK over three months later than the US. Where’s the love, Pixar? Why does France get it two months earlier than us? Is it because of our [...]

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Religion in His Dark Materials

March 25th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Philip Pullman, along with a couple of other people from New Line, gave an interesting talk at the Oxford Literary Festival yesterday about the process of adaption The Golden Compass for the cinema. There was a bit of a thrill of seeing some effects shots for the first time, although it turned out to be [...]

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Watching and Playing

December 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Usually I crack around Christmas and actually write a whole series of posts, perhaps due to the complete lack of work. And in fact I have several hundred words of notes lying around in various text files on my desktop, glowering at me whenever I press F11 on my keyboard and watch all of my [...]

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The Prestige

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

I find that when a movie is over-effusively recommended to me, my expectations become raised to the point where I can only be disappointed. So I’ll keep this short: you probably only have three more days to see The Prestige at your local cinema. I suggest you check it out. It’s one of the few [...]

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September 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Yesterday I went to see a matinee performance of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the local cinema. It’s a popular film, to be sure, but I didn’t really expect there to be many people watching it at Sunday lunchtime, especially since Clapham is known for its bars and clubs. You can tell where this [...]

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July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

In the face of lukewarm reviews, I went to see Cars tonight – you tend to lower the bar on the movies you’ll watch when you live within a couple of minutes walk from a cinema. I’d been ambivalent about Cars ever since it’d been announced, because it didn’t seem to have the potential for [...]

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