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Vampire’s Kiss – It’ll drive you insane


Nicholas Cage has somewhat of a famous reputation for his over the top acting.  It’s not always clear whether a character he plays is supposed to be crazy, of if it’s just good old Nicholas putting his spin on things. It is with this slightly bemused attitude that I came to watch Vampire’s Kiss. A 1988 film starring Nicholas Cage as Peter Lowe who, after a particularly successful evening with a mysterious woman, appears to start turning into a vampire.

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Kakurenbo – Hide and Seek with Demons


Kakurenbo (2005) is a short Japanese animated film, based on the children’s game Otokoyo (Demon Tag/Hide and Seek). It is a short psychological thriller, full of juicy tension that will be stuck in your head long after the credits have rolled.

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The Theory of Everything – An Inspirational Journey

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The Theory of Everything (2014) is an emotional journey about human endeavour. It follows the life of Stephen Hawking, based heavily on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.

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Big Hero 6 – Nerd Power

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Big Hero 6 (2014) was Disney’s way of showing off what they can do with the Marvel label. An animated film with the central themes involving loss, friendship and being a nerd/having scientific knowledge. After Disney’s recent success with Frozen (2013) the bar had been set high, and after Big Hero 6, it has been raised once again.

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Frozen – Let it go already


I will admit to being rather late to the Frozen party. When the film came out in 2013 there was so much hype that I was worried about raising my hopes, and thought I would end up hating it. A year rolled by and Christmas of 2014 brought with it the sight of my local Disney shop asking customers to please only buy one Frozen product each. I realised that this was not going to die down soon, so maybe I should just sit down and watch it.

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Dom Hemingway – Is it simply a character study?

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Dom Hemingway (2013) is a film about a foul mouthed, violent, cocky, safe cracker whose number one priority is money. While Dom is a man that many of us would stay far away from, he has a charm and loyalty that might encourage us to keep listening if he sat next to us in a pub. It is this character that creates the film. I wanted to watch Dom, with almost morbid curiosity, to discover what he would do or say next.

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After Earth – So Unbelievable it’s Funny


There are many things that spring to mind when we think of bad films; plot holes, painful dialogue, and awkward acting all play a part. Eventually, everything boils down to the same thing, believability. This is not a genre specific problem, we can accept that Hogwarts from Harry Potter (2001) is real, likewise we do not question the race or world from Avatar (2009). But when things are left unexplained and stop feeling seamless, we begin to dismiss  the realities of the film world, which takes us out of the story. Continue reading “After Earth – So Unbelievable it’s Funny”

Big Fish – Life is a story


Edward Bloom is a man that lives within his stories, or perhaps to put it more accurately, his stories live within his life. “Most men, they’ll tell you a story straight through. It won’t be complicated, but it won’t be interesting either.” Continue reading “Big Fish – Life is a story”

The Professor Layton games Verses the Film – To Watch or Interact?


Whenever I play a Professor Layton game I often wonder whether the game gets in the way of the story. In order to put these thoughts to rest I decided to watch the film and see how it compared as an experience. Continue reading “The Professor Layton games Verses the Film – To Watch or Interact?”

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