Browsing: Film

It has become a long-standing tradition for classic works of fiction to be replicated on screen, and the same could be said for beloved pieces of cinema too. Daphne du Maurier’s gothic romance Rebecca, hailed as a ‘unique study in jealousy’ is no mean feat as a glossy new remake was released on Netflix and selected cinemas on October 21st. Rarely has a book sent chills down my spine upon first reading, however its newest incarnation falls rather short of the mark. The film stars platinum blonde Lily James (currently a popular English rose choice) as the second Mrs de Winter, …

Photo by Ewan Munro (CC BY-SA 2.0) Llandudno Junction is one of Cineworld’s many movie theatres set to temporarily close due to the results of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many UK cinemas have been receiving different forms of backlash from local communities in their attempts to recover from the damages that have developed since the national lockdown over six months ago. Many local residents, cinema-goers, and politicians have shared their view on the predicament that the art industry is entangled in currently. Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) said people who work in the art industry “should retrain and find other…

Photo by James Churchill North Wales has had a long history of film production, dating back to the inception of cinema itself. Some of the first films to be shot here were silent melodramas. At least three were by the director Sidney Northcote: namely, The Pedlar Of Penmaenmawr, The Smuggler of Anglesea’s Daughter, and The Belle Of Bettws-Y-Coed. Aylwin is another good example. Adapted from a novel by Theodore Watts Dunton and released in 1920, this was partially shot on location in the mountains of Snowdonia. What all of these films share, besides their location, is their fate: they are…

Photo Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle SMPSP Just like the previously discussed Dark Waters, Bombshell dramatizes a true story of scandal and horror which affected the lives of multiple people for decades. Based on the accounts of the Fox News female employees who sued CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in the mid 2010’s, the film largely follows three main characters as they face their own individual struggles around the same injustice. Bombshell is directed by Jay Roach who came from a background in comedy, with the likes of Meet the Parents and the Austin Powers trilogy in his filmography. It…

Photo from Focus Features: Mark Ruffalo as ‘Robert Bilott’ Dark Waters is a 2019 conspiracy thriller film which follows the true story of lawyer Robert Bilott’s long lasting case against chemical giants Dupont. Mark Ruffalo plays Bilott who, at the start of the film, is a corporate defence lawyer working for the chemical companies. But when a farmer comes to him with a claim that 190 of his cows have died as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals, Bilott sets off on a journey of horrifying discovery which consumes his entire life. Unfortunately, this film wasn’t seen by a…

Photo Credit: Aashish950 at en.wikipedia (CC BY 3.0) With the 25th entry in the James Bond franchise ‘No Time To Die’ close to finally making its delayed release, I thought it would be a good time to rewatch the entire series to see how the films have changed and developed over the decades. With multiple actors bringing their own style and flavour to their films, there is often complete tonal shifts between incarnations of the character; for instance the camp action comedies of the Roger Moore era are a completely different animal to the uber serious Daniel Craig entries. Therefore,…

One of the most recognisable directing styles in the world is that of director/producer Michael Bay, the former music video director who has gone on to create box office behemoths over the past 25 years. However, where he has generally had financial success his films have often been torn down by critics and as a result only 3 of his 14 features have achieved over a 50% critic rating by Rotten Tomatoes. His work has been criticised for having lacklustre plots, poor acting and in some circles he has even been accused of racism and sexism by some of his…

With the looming prospect of Brexit overshadowing daily life at the minute, us at Seren along with the majority of informative news outlets up and down with the country are naturally spending a vast majority of time discussing this big issue that will affect us all. In fact, this issue is going to be heavily influenced by the whole political climate as we hurtle towards a ‘No Deal Brexit’, and unlike another unstoppable cataclysm in the form of the asteroid from Armageddon, we unfortunately do not have the luxury of sending in Bruce Willis to save the day. Although the…

With the release of the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga almost upon us, I believe that now is the perfect opportunity to look back upon the Skywalker story, from the genesis in 1977 through to its supposed conclusion over forty years later. We will look at the highs and the lows over the decades, and have a look at how the imagination of George Lucas created one of (if not) the biggest properties in global popular culture. Although the Star Wars brand has transcended mediums from books, video games, television shows, and everything else you could think of,…

October time means one big holiday, and that holiday is of course Halloween; and with Halloween of course comes horror films. Now I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of the horror genre in general, but when a great one hits it really resonates with me, and the slight renaissance of the genre in the past few years has been a great addition to the industry as a whole. In celebration of the genre I will be counting down my top 5 favourite horror films of all time in descending order from number five down to the…

With the looming prospect of Brexit overshadowing daily life at the minute, us at Seren along with the majority of informative news outlets up and down with the country are naturally spending a vast majority of time discussing this big issue that will affect us all. In fact, this issue is going to be heavily influenced by the whole political climate as we hurtle towards a no deal Brexit, and unlike another unstoppable cataclysm in the form of the asteroid from Armageddon, we unfortunately do not have the luxury of sending in Bruce Willis to save the day. Although the…

Another great British institution in the filmmaking world is the world renowned Aardman Animation Studios based out of Bristol. Just like the portrayal of the plucky inventive Brit in the classic war films, Aardman has slowly built a name for itself over the past few decades by their incredible attention to detail and top-quality filmmaking. Since their first feature length effort in 2000 with Chicken Run they have only released 7 more films, but every single one of them has been a top-quality joy to watch. Unlike any other animation studio (including the gold standard of Pixar), Aardman is the…

Introduce FilmSoc for us? Film Society is a collective of students who make short films together. We also hold socials through Bar Uno, our sponsor, and Pontio which allow us to appreciate film through quizzes and screenings. What challenges and rewards are involved in running a society like FilmSoc? We believe the challenge leads to the reward, making and helping others make film is a challenging prospect. It takes time, patience and commitment, so learning to organise schedules is key. However seeing how that turns out is always a reward, we’ve created some amazing films and we are so proud…

For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself and your links to Bangor? Hi, my name is Rory Farmer. I studied both my BA in Creative Studies and MA in Filmmaking at Bangor University. Since then I’ve also been lucky enough to teach for the School of Music & Media for a semester and currently work in the local television industry, so I’ve got really strong roots here in Bangor. You studied the Filmmaking MA here at Bangor, how crucial was it to progressing as a filmmaker?    The MA in Filmmaking was so vital in preparing me for the…

Bangor alumnus Rory Farmer brings us the first recipient of our newly-created Short of the Month spotlight, a feature designed to cherry pick the very best sub-20 minute films that you can watch on the go for an instant cinematic hit to keep you going. Blue Milk is a hilarious superhero mockumentary, following the life of travel agent Joe who – after an encounter with some iffy milk – develops the ability to turn things blue. Mad skills, I know. Taking cues from sources as diverse as The Office, The Tick, and the sharp-cutting sharper-satirising work of British auteur Edgar…

Jim Cummings is very much a man in demand at the moment. Not only is he directing, producing, writing, and starring in films all over the indie landscape, but when I caught up with him the weekend before Halloween he was also hosting a get together to mark his pre-birthday celebrations and working on some buffalo chicken. Hands-free but all ears, here’s what went down when first-time interviewing schmuck Jordan King met moviemaking maverick Jim Cummings. *SPOILER ALERT* Some plot details from Thunder Road’s ending and The Sixth Sense’s feature in this interview. Q: I suppose the first…

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