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Movie Review – Queen of the Desert (2015)

Queen of the Desert, 2015.

Written and Directed by Werner Herzog.

Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson, Christopher Fulford, Mark Lewis Jones, Assaad Bouab, Jenny Agutter, Jay Abdo, and David Calder


A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Movies right here like Queen of the Desert are why directors such as Quentin Tarantino have stated they’re entering retirement after a set number of films. Werner Herzog (who wrote and directed the film) is obviously one of the most revered and iconic filmmakers of all time, but there comes a point where you lose your touch and start pumping out junk. Furthermore, no one wants to see prestigious directors churning out terrible offerings that are slight blemishes on an otherwise outstanding resume.

It’s a shame Queen of the Desert
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Queen of the Desert Movie Review

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Queen of the Desert Movie Review
Title: Queen of the Desert Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson, Jay Abdo, Jenny Agutter, David Calder, Christopher Fulford. Werner Herzog returns with an incredible story about a Victorian woman who became an inspiration for pioneering and influential females, by pursuing a different path than the one set by […]

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Collision: NBC Adapts ITV Series

NBC is developing an adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's Collision, which aired in November, 2009, on ITV and Utv, as a five-episode event series. In the Us, an edited version of the original series aired on PBS, in two parts. Horowitz will serve as show runner on the new, Us version, and reportedly will write the first two episodes.

The cast of the ITV series includes: Douglas Henshall, Kate Ashfield, Christopher Fulford, Jo Woodcock, Craig Kelly, Dean Lennox Kelly, Zoe Telford, Claire Rushbrook, Phil Davis, Jan Francis, Sylvia Syms, Paul McGann, Lucy Griffiths, Lenora Crichlow, David Bamber, and Nicholas Farrell. Continue on for more about NBC's new Collision adaptation. Read More…
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‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sinéad Cusack, Edmund Kingsley, Ciara Flynn, Christopher Fulford | Written by Joe Gangemi | Directed by Brad Anderson

If you were told about a film based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story with stars including Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson I’d be surprised if your interest wasn’t peeked. Stoneheart Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) is just that… based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Poe it tells the tale of an Asylum where not all is as it seems.

When Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) a medical school graduate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum he finds himself transfixed by Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) a patient supposedly suffering from “Hysteria.” Working under Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley) he finds himself impressed with the doctor’s unconventional methods of treatment.
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Trailer Trashin’: Nicole Kidman is Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert

Hello again, dear readers. I’m guessing a lot of you got out to see Jurassic World this past weekend, considering how much money it made, and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. And as the summer movie season continues, the Trailer Trashin’ column is back from its recent absence, with a look at the international trailer for director Werner Herzog’s new film Queen of the Desert.

Premise: A chronicle of the life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman), an English traveler, writer, archeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

My take: German filmmaker Werner Herzog is a fascinating figure in every sense of the word. He has directed dozens of films, both fictional stories and documentaries, and established a style unlike that of anyone else in cinema. In the process, he has gone all
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‘Flim: The Movie’ Review

Stars: Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington, Rebecca Atkinson, Jody Marriott Bar-Lev, Kacey Barnfield, Camille Coduri, Josh Cohen, Shelley Conn, Collette Cooper, Dan Davies, Skye Lucia Degruttola, Simone Lahbib, David Elliot, Sadie Frost, Christopher Fulford, Abhin Galeya | Written and Directed by Raffaello Degruttola

Flim The Movie is a very clever, very funny mockumentary. It was a surprise hit at Raindance Film Festival 2014 and despite a low budget and miniscule marketing spend found itself nominated for a British Independent Film Award alongside big hitters like Calvary and The Imitation Game. The story centres around a hapless, wannabe Bollywood director called Ravi (played by Raffaello Degruttola). He claims to have made at least one short film back in India and has come to the UK to make his first feature film. Capturing this is the Nick Broomfield-cum-Louis Theroux documentarian Scott (played by Steven Waddington).

As well as star in it, Degruttola produced and directed it.
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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

Full line-up

Cinema D’Oggi

World premiere

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TV Review: BBC America Offers Unique Procedural With ‘Whitechapel’

Chicago – There is enough of an international obsession with the crimes of the man known as Jack the Ripper that the word “Ripperologist” (someone who is an expert on the most notorious serial killer of all time) has meaning. Over a century after his crimes, we’re still fascinated by this embodiment of pure evil. The fascination runs so deep that it regularly invades our fiction, including Alan Moore’s brilliant “From Hell” and now the BBC America series “Whitechapel,” which opens with a three-part mini-series about a Ripper copycat and moves on to a three-part mini-series about crimes modeled after the notorious Krays. It’s a bit tonally inconsistent but this is entertaining television bolstered by strong performances throughout and the dark edge provided by the word Ripper.

Television Rating: 3.5/5.0

Whitechapel” is a clever attempt to merge the modern procedural with Victorian-era crime. It’s not that dissimilar to
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DVD Review - Resurrected (1989)

Resurrected, 1989.

Directed by Paul Greengrass.

Starring David Thewlis, Tom Bell and Rita Tushingham.


A British soldier is presumed dead during battle in the Falklands, but when he is found alive suffering from exhaustion and amnesia he is accused of desertion, leading to a hate campaign that spirals out of control.

Director Paul Greengrass is best known for making the frenetic and bruising style of the Bourne movies his own. But his 1989 feature film debut, based on the true story of a Falklands soldier returning from the dead, is a world away from the all action thrillers starring A-Lister Matt Damon he helms these days. It begins in a very British village church and comes complete with the trappings of northern rural life, from family drama to pints down the pub.

The intrigue of Resurrected rests on the fact that we are never quite sure whether its protagonist, Kevin Deakin
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Far From Ordinary: A Danny Boyle Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.

“I like extreme films, where you put somebody in the most extreme circumstances you can imagine and see what they can do with it,” explained Manchester-born director Danny Boyle who expanded the opening two lines of a zombie horror script into a dramatic twenty-minute sequence. “A guy wakes up in a hospital and there’s not a single person in the whole city. What a great starting point for a film.” 28 Days Later (2002) follows a small group of survivors trying to find a safe haven four weeks after a mysterious virus spreads throughout the United Kingdom. The $8 million production written by novelist Alex Garland (The Beach) stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Naomie Harris (Miami Vice), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth), Noah Huntley (Event Horizon), Brendan Gleeson (Green Zone
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Pelican Blood (2010) Movie Review

Brit-flick “Pelican Blood” is a film pretty obviously aiming for hip cult appeal, attempting to match the not exactly obvious combination of romance, angst, suicide and bird watching. Directed by Karl Golden (“The Honeymooners”, “Belonging to Laura”), the film was based upon the popular novel by Cris Freddi, with a script from Cris Cole (“Mad Dogs”, “The Good Times Are Killing Me”). Featuring a cast of up and coming British talent including Harry Treadaway (“Fish Tank”), Emma Booth (“The Boys Are Back”), Arthur Darvill (“ Robin Hood”) and Christopher Fulford (“Whitechapel”), the indie production also boasts a perky soundtrack that includes The Coral, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Crystal Castles, The Do, Little Hell and The Specials. The film lands soon on region 2 DVD via Icon Home Entertainment in a standard bare bones edition. Treadaway takes the lead as Nikko, a fairly unbalanced young man trying, and pretty much failing, to
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New UK Trailer & Images for Pelican Blood

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Icon Home Entertainment have just sent this brand new UK trailer for new movie coming straight to DVD called, Pelican Blood. As you’ll see when you watch the trailer and read the synopsis, it’s all looking rather intense! The movie was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival and if it’s IMDb score is anything to go by, it’s pretty good!

Synopsis: Adapted by Cris Cole (Mad Dogs; The Good Times Are Killing Me) from the acclaimed novel by Cris Freddi and directed by Karl Golden (The Honeymooners; Belonging To Laura), the cool, sexy and provocative new Brit-flick, Pelican Blood, stars Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank; City Of Ember; Control), Emma Booth (The Boys Are Back), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who; Robin Hood) and Christopher Fulford (Whitechapel) in the compelling tale of an impetuous young couple who embark on a capricious affair after meeting on a suicide website chat room.
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Review of Survivors season 2 episode 4

Year: 2009

Directors: John Alexander / Andrew Gunn

Writers: Various

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Ben Austwick

Rating: 7 out of 10

An unusually dark episode of Survivors takes us into the previously unexplored areas of slave labour and mob violence and leaves us with a surprisingly high body count. Whether this sets the tone for the rest of the series or is a lucky one-off remains to be seen.

After the show trial of the previous episode, Tom and Greg are taken to dig coal in a slave labour camp run by one of Survivors' best characters yet, classically trained Oxford graduate Mr Smithson. Played with a subtle mix of scholastic dorkiness, eccentric self-belief and disarming intellectual charm by Christopher Fulford, Mr Smithson is an unusual and well-realised bad guy whose apparent death at the end of the episode may thankfully not be all it seems, as according to IMDb he
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Screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO -- Millions finds Danny Boyle, one of Britain's most stylish filmmakers, in a fanciful mood, open to a story about saints and miracles and the way a child's imagination can help sort out the mysteries of life. It's a modern-day fable told in semirealistic terms, only with the understanding that a boy can believe in miracles just as another might put his faith in a star athlete.

This Fox Searchlight release will need imagination in its marketing, for this is no easy sell in specialty venues. Critical reception may pay a large role in its boxoffice success.

In all his films, Boyle loves to take the view that reality is what you make of it. He's not a surrealist, but rather believes that film like dreams can transport us to realms not immediately apparent to the naked eye.

In Millions, scripted by 24 Hour Party People writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, we follow the emotional journey of two brothers, 7-year-old Damian (Alex Etel) and 9-year-old Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), who move to the suburbs in northern England with their dad (James Nesbitt) after their mom dies. Anthony is a practical-minded kid who covers up his emotions, but Damian is more of a dreamer. He has studied the lives of the saints and experiences visitations by several of his favorites, whose stories help him deal with life's perplexities.

When a large bag jammed with money falls off a train and virtually lands on top of Damian, he accepts this as a gift from God. Anthony says it's best not to tell Dad because of the taxes; the government will take 40%. Behind his brother's back, Damian goes on a rescue mission: He tries to give much of the money away to poor people.

Then the boys learn the money was actually stolen by a gang of thieves. This is a crushing blow to Damian since he can no longer consider the cash to be a gift from God. Soon one nasty-looking thief (Christopher Fulford) comes looking for his loot. When Dad and his new girlfriend (Daisy Donovan) learn of the money, the boys are disappointed that the adults show a more mercenary attitude toward the windfall.

Using digital effects and sharp camera angles and movements that treat the adult world as a kind of huge playground, Boyle maneuvers the fragile tale through a colorful, fairy-tale-like milieu. At times, style seems on the verge of triumphing over substance, but Boyle's firm hand and astute, natural acting by the two youngsters keep the film on track. And by avoiding sentimentality, Millions emerges as a simple tale told with sympathy for a child's point of view.


Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight and Pathe Features present in association with U.K. Film Council and BBC Films a Mission Pictures production


Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Producer: Andrew Hauptman

Graham Broadbent, Damian Jones

Executive producers: Francois Ivernel, Cameron McCracken, Duncan Reid, David M. Thompson

Director of photography: Anthony Dop Mantle

Production designer: Mark Tildesley

Costumes: Susannah Buxton

Music: John Murphy

Editor: Chris Gill.


Damian: Alex Etel

Anthony: Lewis McGibbon

Ronnbie: James Nesbitt

Dorothy: Daisy Donovan

Man: Christopher Fulford

MPAA rating: PG-13

Running time -- 97 minutes

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