Category Archives: Films

Made in Dagenham (2010)

A film based on the struggles of the female Ford workers in 1968 where they went on strike for equal pay and through their struggles the 1970 Equal Pay Act came about.

Starring SallyHawkins, Miranda Richardson, Andrea Riseborough as well as Bob Hoskins, Rupert Graves and Kenneth Cranham the film showed not only the strength of the women involved to fight for what is right but also the struggles that inevitably all strikes will bring about as well as how different the women were treated in their strike action then men would have been.

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Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa (2013)

My generation grew up with Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s fictional presenter. You tended to find at school you either fell into the Partridge group or the Ali G group.

I could hardly believe there was going to be a Alan Partridge movie when it was announced and managed to miss out on seeing it in the cinema. I finally sat down to watch it hoping that it was going to be everything I wanted a Alan Partridge movie to be…

As the poster said “12 Hostages, 24 hours, 1 Partridge….”

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Paddington (2014)

A live action film based on the Michael Bond stories of a bear who could speak English who shows up in England and has a love of marmalade.

Who didn’t fall in love with Paddington as kids?

Now he comes to the big screen along with his larger then life cast all portrayed by some of the best actors around today. A film for all the family, especially all those kids who grew up with Paddington.

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Big Eyes (2014)

The latest film by Tim Burton see’s him tackle another biopic, this time the story of Margaret Keane, the painter of the big eyed waiffs whose paintings rose to fame in the 50s and 60s but her husband took credit for the work until she outed him in the late 60s.

He tells the story with his own flare and style, with Christopher Waltz and Amy Adams taking on the roles of the Keane’s. There is not much that could go wrong in such a strange tale.

With recent Burton movies being slightly disappointing (not including Frankenweenie) many people had wrote the film off before even seeing it. Personally I haven’t been let down by any of his movies but I hadn’t been wow’d by a movie since possibly Big Fish.

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Man of the Year (2006)

Let me tell you something about me. I love political dramas and political comedies. I love Politics. I also love Robin Williams, Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum.

Therefore a political comedy, drama film that see’s Robin Williams playing a talk show host on a political/comedy show (think Jon Stewart) who decides after a offhand comment from a audience member to run for president with the help of his manager played by Christopher Walken is right up my street.

Added to that a intriguing plot with a kind of evil Jeff Goldblum and I’m sold. I just wonder how it took nearly 10 years for me to hear of the movie.

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Home (2015)

A film about a alien invasion. A film about not fitting in. A film about friendship.

Dreamworks film Home interested me from the moment I read about it, to the moment I finished watching it. The voice cast includes Jim Parsons as Oh (a Boov), Rihanna as Tip (a local girl with her cat), Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci (Tips mother and known most of the movie as My Mum) and Steve Martin as Captain Smek (the scaredy cat leader of the Boov.)

On paper it looks extremely childish but that is only on paper my friends.

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

From all the way back in 1971 a film that went on to make me sing through my childhood and believe in magic. Starring Angela Lansbury as Apprentice witch Miss Eglantine Price, David Tomlinson as Mr Emelius Browne, a con artist who sent Miss Price her magic spells and Ian Weighill (Charles), Cindy O’Callaghan (Carrie) and Roy Snart (Paul) three refugees that come to live with Miss Price.

As a child it brought magic to life sharing the same magical air as the earlier Mary Poppins film.

Our first film review for our new Retro Thursday’s is the bewitching Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Goosebumps (2015)

2015 brought back to life a series that terrified my generation through their young lives.

The film saw the world of R.L. Stine(played by Jack Black) come to life and terrorize the small town that he lives in.

With a whole host of Goosebumps stars lead by Slappy the Dummy and including the Werewolf of Pasadena, The Bog Monster, Murder the Clown and a whole lot of others.

Viewers beware – You’re in for a scare!

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Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice (2016)

I am no fan of Superman and have little interest in the DC Expanded Universe. I was one of those strange people who at the announcement of Ben Affleck being Batman got really excited and went to see the movie PURELY because of the Batfleck.

DCs first step to opening up their universe like the MCU see’s the two biggest DC heroes battle it out. With the help of Wonder Woman and of course the always helpful Lois Lane.

With bad reviews and no one I know enjoying the movie I didn’t go into it hoping for much…

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The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Charles M. Schulz Peanuts came back to us in the form of a 3D animated film.

A new adventure with the ever unlucky Charlie Brown, accompanied by his faithful best friend Snoopy and surrounded by all his friends. This time out Charlie Brown is determined to change his fortune and not be seen as the loser that he feels he is seen as.

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