Franchise Reboots- Breathing new life into films that have lost their way, or just a cash cow ?

This summer we have and will continue the witness the usual summer of blockbusters. Although the release of successful film sequels in the peak blockbuster season of summertime, is nothing new and unusual. This year we are witnessing a larger amount of not only sequels and prequels, but most significantly our new commercial cinema friend the ‘Franchise Reboot.’ The most notable cinema reboot of recent years was the franchise of ‘Batman’. In Time Out magazines article entitled ‘The Art Of…

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What Is David Cameron’s Vision for British Cinema? (Part One)

At the beginning of 2012 David Cameron made comments concerning the British film industry: “Our role should be to support the sector in becoming even more dynamic and entrepreneurial, helping UK producers to make commercially successful pictures that rival the quality and impact of the best international productions,” -David Cameron quoted in the Daily Telegraph. The critical and commercial success of ‘The Kings Speech’ at the Bafta’s and Oscars seemed to be the catalyst for these statements by the British…

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Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’- should it have stayed in the theatre?

This week ‘Carnage’ is released on DVD and Blue Ray in the UK. With an all star cast that includes Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly and directed by one of the greatest and most infamous directors in film history Roman Polanski. The film is based on the play ‘God of Carnage’ (originally ‘Le Dieu du Carnage’) by Yasmina Reza. A critically successful play that has had productions in Paris, London’s West End and on Broadway….

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The changing trends in car comparison video advertising

When you think of car comparison websites and their television/online advertising videos. It is hard to not firstly think about compare the market.com. Their risky and infamously humorous advertising campaign launched in 2009, featuring a russian born meerkat by the name Aleksandr Orlov who owned a company with a similar name to compare the market (compare the meerkat). The advert showed Aleksandr Orlov being very vocally upset about people going onto his website when looking for theirs. This became a…

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‘The Dictator’- One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For Sacha Baron Cohen

The Dictator Sacha Baron Cohen has dominated our screens and our attention over the last thirteen years. From his early beginnings on the late night british small screen where he attained a cult following from the character of Ali G ( a young suburban white male who is deluded from misinterpreting media, he believes he is a black man living in the ghetto). To the big screen, where he attracted mainstream audiences globally. He is known for constantly re-inventing himself,…

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‘A Cabin In the Woods’- Spoof or something more

This Month saw the release of teen slasher movie ‘A Cabin In the Woods’. The film was marketed as another horror instalment firmly within the conventions of the teen horror genre. The story has every aspect a viewer of these films has come to expect- A group of teenagers going away for a weekend of fun , 5 unlikely friends who represent different youthful cultures and subcultures ( the jock/The nerd/The drug user/The party girl/The good girl), The errie setting…

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