Author: Jack Nicol

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Film Editor 2013/14

One man has been arrested, and six injured in a fire at the Three Crowns Inn on Well Street. One man has been seriously injured, jumping from the second floor to escape the flames. The man arrested has been held on suspicion of arson after the fire started early on Sunday morning at around 3.30AM. The seriously injured man, a local DJ named Jason Robertshaw, 29, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynnedd after suffering burns and internal injuries. He has now been flown to Birmingham Hospital. Mr Robertshaw’s condition has been described as serious but stable. Two police officers were also…

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Ukraine has lived through a troubled past. Crimea, which recently underwent a Russian-backed referendum on March 16th, was originally a part of the Turk Ottoman Empire until Catherine the Great annexed it as part of Russia. It was then gifted to Ukraine by the Soviet Union in 1954 – Ukraine still being a Soviet territory at this point. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine and Russia became separate countries. Since, the country has been pulled in two ways. The west of Ukraine has traditionally had greater ties to Europe. Joseph Stalin deported many Crimean Tatars (the native people…

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Microsoft’s new addition to the console market is not quite what it seems at first. Its no coincidence that when the first announcement of the Xbox One from Microsoft there was little to no mention of it as a game console. The focus was more upon it as a home DVR unit. The defining factor of the console is a minor convenience feature. The Xbox One attempts to be the focus of the living room, putting everyone of your electronics through it. Its as if Microsoft has realised that they cannot compete with Sony and Nintendo for the Japanese market,…

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Shakespearean in violence, Asian in execution. Park’s beautiful visuals, fluid and full of momentum, create a brilliant technical piece of filmmaking. Including a twist so emotional, it damages you. The villain is a true description of villainous, exerting all his will in revenge. Although dark and twisted, it maintains humor and the ability to still be moving. It’s filled to the brim with visceral shocks and an impact that is hard to shake. Spike Lee claims that this “re-imagining” is akin to covering a song. It is in no way an attempt to remake the film. It’s unlikely that…

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Any film centred around the notorious organisation Wikileaks was bound to attract fire from all sides, so it comes as a surprise that The Fifth Estate has had such a quiet release. Benedict Cumberbatch plays controversial figure Julian Assange in the early years of the website, attracting worldwide fame and criticism in equal measure. Bill Condon, best known for his work on the Twilight Films, directs this biopic about the life of Assange and his ties to the organisation Wikileaks. The script is based in part on Inside Wikileaks, the book by former spokesperson for the organisation Daniel…

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By Jack Nicol There has been plenty of negative reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman for The Man of Steel sequel. Public reaction has been largely negative, with 71% of tweets sent in the first hour of the announcement being negative. That’s 71% of 96,000 tweets. Ten percent were quick to mention Affleck’s previous outing as a superhero in 2004’s Daredevil. Fans who disliked the choice created a change.org petition urging Warner Bros. to “remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie”. The petition currently has over 94,967 signatures. The outcry, while predictable,…

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