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Movie Review – The Knowledge (1979)

4 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Knowledge, 1979.

Directed by Bill Brooks.

Starring Mick Ford, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Elphick, David Ryall, Jonathan Lynn, Kim Taylforth, Maureen Lipman and Leslie Joseph.


Four out-of-work Londoners decide to train to be taxi-drivers. But, before they can take charge of a Hackney cab, they need to learn ‘The Knowledge’…

All Brits know about “The Knowledge”. In fact, many tourists to England’s capital may know of it too. It’s the legendary expectation of London Cabbies. Even in this Sat-Nav era, Hackney-cab drivers need to know every road in a six miles radius from Charing Cross by heart. A challenge that takes between two and four years to learn. They need to recall over 400 ‘runs’, between different locations, and over 25,000 roads to speed between. According to a 2012 article in The Guardian, “it takes over your life” – and judging by the four characters in Bob Brooks four-part film, it changes your life forever. »

- Simon Columb

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‘Automata’ DVD Review

12 May 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Griffith, Robert Forster, Tim McInnerny, Andy Nyman, David Ryall, Javier Bardem, Andrew Tiernan, Lyubomir Neikov, Krasimir Kutsurapov, Geraldine Somerville | Written by Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier Sánchez Donate | Directed by Gabe Ibáñez

Thirty years in the future, mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates. Technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Roc corporation has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind maintains control over the manufactured population. However, as Roc insurance agent Jacq Vaucan investigates cases surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000 – and the truth is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.

Take I-Robot, Blade Runner and a hefty tome on the philosophy of life, remove most of the action, stir in a »

- Richard Axtell

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The Making of Harry Potter tour to feature Hedwig and Crookshanks

6 January 2015 10:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Making of Harry Potter tour is to feature a host of creatures from the films, including the characters Hedwig and Crookshanks.

The Warner Bros Studio Tour in London is to include the original animals that played Harry's beloved owl and Hermione's cat over February half-term.

Animal trainer Julie Tottman will present over 250 live creatures that featured in the film series to the public between February 13 and February 25.

The snowy owl and Red Persian cat will be joined by Argus Filch's Maine Coone cat Mrs Norris and Neville Longbottom's pet toad Trevor, among other magical and non-magical creatures.

Jk Rowling spoke last month about the nature of the monsters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, revealing the origin of the 'Inferi'.

The author recently completed work on the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the Harry Potter spinoff will begin shooting later this year.

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