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Best. LFF. Ever? 2013 London Film Festival line-up revealed Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 07:07

The 2013 London Film Festival announced its line-up yesterday and it may just be the best line-up the festival has ever had.

It's become tradition now for some to complain about the fact that the festival acts as a round-up of the year's other festivals, mopping up the best bits from Cannes, Venice and Toronto. This year, no one seems to mind. Why? Because almost every one of those films has been receiving four and five star ratings. I don't just mean from Heat magazine, that benevolent bestower of five star accolades, I mean rave reviews across the board. The 2013 LFF programme is so good, in fact, that I can only sum it up using my new favourite Instagram account.

Here are the top 10 things I'm most excited about.

Tom Hanks

It began with the announcement of Tom Hanks opening and closing the film with pirate thriller (not the good kind) Captain Phillips and Disney biopic Saving Mr. Banks. We already knew about both, but it's promising pair of bookends.

Excitement level:

Another new Gravity trailer? I'm really not sure I can't take this any more Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 06:55

When a film releases several trailers, you start to get sick of seeing them and wish they'd just stop. The new trailer for Gravity makes me feel the same way: I wish they'd stop. Not because I'm sick of them - Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi looks horribly, horribly brilliant - but because I'm not sure my nerves can take any more.

See what I mean? I'm already hyperventilating. If they release another, I'm going to end up like Sandra Bullock myself, but instead of being in space, I'll be huddled up in the corner of my bathroom.

Raindance 2013 line-up announced as Julian Assange joins jury Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 15:31

Raindance 2013 line-up announced as Julian Assange joins jury The line-up for the 2013 Raindance Film Festival has been announced – along with its jury, which will include Julian Assange.

Europe’s largest independent film festival is one of the highlights of my year. From Another Earth to How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song? it has consistently amazed with its range of low-budget efforts, some of which are lucky enough to get an Oscar nomination or theatrical release, others which I shall never have the chance to see again. It's premiered films from Tarantino to Soderbergh.

This year, the festival has 300 films lined up for its 12-day run (that’s 25 films a day, maths fans) with a typically diverse mix of genres and forms. So naturally, the coverage today has been dominated by Assange being included on its jury for the Raindance Awards Ceremony – even though he’s accompanied by such names as The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin, Jason Flemyng, Portishead's Beth Gibbons, author Robert Rankin and Sean Brosnan, son of James flipping Bond himself.

CONFIRMED: Web site writer likes goat Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:09

A goat - photo: Armin Kübelbeck

It has been officially confirmed that the writer of a Lex Luthor casting rumour likes goats.

According to a report from TheShiznit.co.uk, the writer of said rumour, which has simply been quoted as fact without any questions by publications such as Rolling Stone, definitely enjoys "farmyard fellatio".

They "were unavailable for comment on the alleged goat-snorkelling, because we didn't ask them for a comment, because if we did we know we'd get an answer that isn't nearly as interesting as what we're publishing now," confirmed the entertainment website, who obtained their truthful information from a "mysteriously informed insider".

The author was "too busy smoking animal pole" to accurately report facts, they added.

BATFFLECK Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 23 August 2013 05:42

It's official. Ben Affleck is the new Batman. BATFFLECK.


If you're wondering how to use "BATFFLECK" in a sentence, it's exactly the same as "Baffleck" (see our dictionary definition here).

Some examples: "That beard is SO Baffleck!" "Holy Batffleck, Batman!"

Thor: The Dark World - the most crowded film poster ever? Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 02 August 2013 17:45
Thor The Dark World poster crowded

Thor: The Dark World released a new poster this week with a lot of people on it. I mean, a LOT of people. The poster was so full of people that it looked like the cover of a Final Fantasy PS2 game.

But this isn't the only Photoshop explosion to happen in the last 12 months: crowded posters are a thing, like Matthew McConaughey leaning against other people - if  there were a million Matthew McConaugheys leaning against each other.

Is Thor: The Dark World the most crowded film poster of all time? Let's do some maths...

American Hustle trailer GIF wall Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 06:19

The American Hustle trailer may be the most GIF-able 110 seconds of cinema since the Wolf of Wall Street.

American Hustle trailer GIF

American Hustle trailer GIF

And there was me being impressed by American Hustle's hair.

And the Oscar for Best Hair goes to... the American Hustle trailer Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 06:12

The American Hustle trailer has turned up online - and David O'Russell's film boasts some of the best haircuts I've seen in a long time. Just look at that list of names: Jeremy Renner. Christian Bale. Amy Adams. Jennifer Lawrence. Bradley Cooper. Every one on set has fabulous hair. It's like the Hairspray sequel we never had.

Well, except for David O'Russell.

American Hustle poster - Hairspray 2

Read on for the trailer for American Hustle: Hairspray 2.

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