Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Interview with Qi Yang director A Gentle Night

Award winning film maker Qi Yang
Qi Yang is a film maker who brings real life tales to the screen, taking events straight from today's headlines and turning them into viscerally packed cinematic stories. His latest short film "A Gentle Night"  a gritty story of a distraught mother living every parents worse nightmare and is currently receiving rave reviews. His heart wrenching  tale won Qi the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival making him the first Chinese film maker to be awarded this prestigious and much coveted prize. When I spoke with Qi I take the opportunity to congratulate him on his historic win at Cannes.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

[Film Review] - Women and Wine

Writer and Director Liv Karin Dhalstrom 
Starring Marit Adeceide Andreassen, Turid Gunnes, Jeanne Boe
Running Time 20 Minutes.

When Turid organises a party for her best friend Grete's 50th Birthday she suddenly finds that they might not be as close as they once were. Fearing that they are drifting apart Turid does something that threatens her bond of friendship.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

[Film Review] - A GENTLE NIGHT

Written & directed by Qiu Yang
Running Time 15 minutes 
Starring Shuxian Li, Zhongwei Sun

Set in an un-named town in China, the film focuses on the worries of distraught mother Cai, whose daughter goes missing. Ignoring the her husband's call for patience, and the police's instructions to wait, Cai takes to the streets in search of her little girl.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Interview with Alexander Bedria

For Alexander Bedria the world of film is not just a profession but a calling, one which he has answered and embraced at every level. With his latest short film "The Zim" Alexander has put himself behind the camera, as director, writer and co-producer, as well as in front as Daniel Silva, a native Zimbabwean famer caught up in the country's violent land invasions of the early 2000s. As a film maker Alexander shows us a country torn apart in an effort to redress its colonial past and as Silva, a man who suddenly feels like a stranger in his own country. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

IBM Crowdsourcing Study on Human Microbiome

Can the bacteria that resides inside us help tackle diseases that run rampant with our immune system? This is a question IBM hopes to answer; with help from a variety of academic institutes including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T), Harvard, and the University of California. The multinational technology giant has launched "The Microbiome Immunity Project" an initiative that will feature these institutions collaborating with IBMs largest crowdsourcing platform the "World Community Grid" to create a map of the human microbiome. The effects of bugs and bacteria inside the body on human health is still a mystery one which this project could potentially uncover and discover life changing treatments and cures.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

[Interview] Rob Hill - The Bad Movie Bible

Let's face it; we all love bad movies in some shape form or fashion. It's okay to admit it because we have all watched one or two movies where we knew the plot wasn't great, the quality just a touch shabby, and the acting at times as dire as the dialogue. Yet in their "badness" there is something inherently enjoyable otherwise the phrase "so bad it's good" simply wouldn't exist. So in the vain of Kim Newman's encyclopedic horror tribute "Nightmare Movies" and Mike Fury's explosive examination of the the action genre "Life in Action", author Rob Hill has brought together some of your favourite titles (and his) in the epic "Bad Movie Bible". If you love reading insightful and fun-filled books on the subject of films then this is definitely the one and you can read my review of it here.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Fighting Spirit Film Festival Returns

After a successful kick-ass debut last year the "Fighting Spirit Film Festival" returns for another celebration of the best martial arts has to offer. This year the event will be held on 16th September at the Boleyn Cinema in East London for which the organisers are using crowdfunding to ensure a fun filled action packed festival. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

[Interview] Harry Markos - Putting the Comic in Comic Con

July is the time of year nerdists the country (and even the world) over converge to the city of London for Showmasters’ annual extravaganza, London Film and Comic Con. From Friday to Sunday the Olympia Exhibition Centre is taken over to make way for floods of merchandise dealers, props, stages, photo booths and signing areas whereby eager fans can collect autographs of their icons of yesteryear and today. It was whilst strolling along the event’s “Comic Zone" that I met the humble brains behind a small publisher that is a giant in the field of graphic novels in the UK.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

[Review] - The Bad Movie Bible

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If you're looking for the definitive guide to some of the best bad movies of the last 50 years look no further than Rob Hill's "The Bad Movie Bible" (BMB). We've all heard the expression "so bad it's good" well in his book Hill takes a more detailed look at the moniker to challenge the notion of what makes a good movie bad which makes it good.Rob Hill knows a thing or two about this having worked over 15 years in post production on films such as "28 Days Later" and "Jupiter Ascending. Bringing his experience along with knowledge and passion for film into the fore Hill looks at this phenomenon  with an in depth analysis that is as a tongue in cheek as it is insightful.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Barry Seal - Made in America, Cruising to the Big Screen

So it seems that Tom Cruise can tank at the box office after all, with reports that his remake of "The Mummy" is set to lose money, domestically anyway. Of course this won't tarnish the Cruiser's reputation for reigning in the cinematic big bucks and I am glad of this because much of his fare is of a high caliber (where is Mission Impossible 6?). Far from resting on his laurels it seems Tom has another film out this year and one that should peak everyone's interest; "American Made" is the true story of Barry Seal, pilot, smuggler, informant spy, and is directed by "The Bourne Identity's" Doug Liman. "Barry who?" I hear you shout, and I guess that is a fair question to ask. So who is Barry Seal?