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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

Film Review | Star Trek into Darkness

posted by on 09/05/2013

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was a surprise hit back in 2009, satisfying diehard fans as well as being accessible to newcomers. Four years on, the follow-up Star Trek into Darkness is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Thankfully, the sequel takes everything that was great about its predecessor and amplifies it, in doing so producing an entertaining thrill-ride of a movie that is one of 2013’s must-see blockbusters.

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Star Trek Into Darkness | Press Conference

posted by on 02/05/2013

The UK release of J.J. Abrams eagerly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness is only seven days away. Ahead of this evening’s London premiere, the cast, director and writers gathered in City Hall for a press conference where there was talk of the challenges of making a bigger and better sequel, Scottish accents, and hairstyles. Hit the jump for more.

Film Review | Django Unchained

posted by on 18/01/2013

Film Review | Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, spaghetti western blaxploitation movie Django Unchained, is one that has yielded much discussion in the past few weeks. Slavery, a topic so frequently tiptoed around by filmmaker’s, has been tackled with an affront that can surely be expected of any Tarantino flick. Here it forms the backdrop to an engaging revenge tale. Already proving to be very successful in America (at least, at the box office) there’s a lot to appreciate in Django Unchained. However, some moviegoers may be put off by Tarantino’s take on the horrors of the time.

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Film Feature | Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

posted by on 01/01/2013

Film Watch 2013

Happy new year peoples! The past 12 months have been fantastic for cinema – it was recently announced that 2012 was the highest grossing film year ever – and there are plenty of upcoming releases in the next 12 months that already have us excited. With no further ado then, here’s our picks for the top 10 must-see movies of 2013.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 13/12/2012

With over 100 film scores in his discography, it is likely that at some point you would have heard film composer Hans Zimmer‘s music whilst watching the latest blockbuster at the multiplex. One of his most beloved efforts is from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. The final track off that album, entitled ‘Now we are Free’, combines Lisa Gerard’s beautiful vocals with gentle drums and a subdued guitar to create a peaceful, relaxing vibe. Even when played without the movie, it’s a treat to listen to.

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Film Review | Rise of the Guardians

posted by on 29/11/2012

Just in time for the holiday season comes DreamWorks Animation’s second feature of the year, Rise of the Guardians. Based on the series of books by William Joyce, this story of childhood heroes uniting to stop a common threat often feels like the child version of the Avengers, and it will doubtless entertain many a young audience as Christmas approaches. However, although it makes for fun viewing, Guardians is ultimately bettered by many of its contemporaries.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 15/11/2012

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic. It does not matter how authentic a cover may be – in this case, it was a pretty decent rendition of the song in question – the ‘magic’ of the original cannot be recaptured. What covers can do, however, is prompt a revisit to the original. One of those songs that are recognizable after the first 10 seconds, the combination of funky instrumentals and beautiful vocals always makes for enjoyable listening. But it’s the message – brought to life by the fantastic music video – that has ensured the song still resonates after 18 years. There will probably be a few more covers of this song in future. Some will be better than others. But sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic. Hit the jump to check out this week’s Throwback.

Film Review | Skyfall

posted by on 19/10/2012

It is not hard to imagine Academy award winning director and self-confessed Bond fan Sam Mendes playing a word game – not unlike the one Ian Fleming’s super-spy plays himself in Skyfall - when coming up with ideas for the 23rd installment of the 007 franchise. For what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name James Bond? Exotic locales? Beautiful Bond women? High-octane action? Mendes has made sure to include all of the above and more, and the result is a near-perfect, quintessential Bond movie that honours all that came before it whilst continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. Put simply, Bond is back, and he’s seldom been better.

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BFI London Film Festival 2012 Review | Frankenweenie 3D

posted by on 13/10/2012

Tim Burton returns to his film-making roots with the new stop motion animated flick Frankenweenie. Opening the 56th BFI London Film Festival, this passionate feature-length adaptation of one of the director’s short films (now a cult classic) is certainly one of the auteur’s better efforts in recent times.

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Film Review | Now is Good

posted by on 20/09/2012

Ol Parker, the scriptwriter behind The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is on directorial duties in Now is Good, a predictable drama about a teenage girl (Dakota Fanning) dying from leukaemia. Based on Jenny Downham’s novel Before I Die, on paper it would seem that Now is Good has all the required elements for an emotive watch. However, what we get instead is a frequently galling drama that fails to translate Downham’s award-winning text into watchable cinema.

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