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by Arron Williams French film is a very impactful and beautiful part of cinema. Their themes are moving and stylised superbly to create some truly stunning movies. But one of the problems mentioned with foreign film, however, can be that you have to read them rather than watch. There are so many wonderful films other countries have produced and you should watch in order to extend your knowledge. I suggest that your first venture is across the Channel to France, as I would recommend these 5 films to watch as a starting point Léon the Professional (1994) Léon the Professional,…

Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You If you grew up around the 90s to the present date, there’s no doubt you have been interested in Pokemon at some stage of your life. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, a special movie has been created, adapting the first episode from when Ash receives Pikachu from Professor Oak and encounters the legendary Pokemon Ho-oh. I’m sure you, as well as myself, will be heading to the cinema for a good reminisce. In selected theatres from the 5th November for a limited time. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi On Tuesday 11th October; a…

The film is based on the graphic novel with the same title and is set around the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his final days at the head of the regime. The cabinet of his comrades that include Georgy Malenkov (Jeffery Tambor), Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), Vyacheslav Molotov (Michael Palin), Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale), amongst others, must decide how the state will continue to go on in the wake of leaders passing. This comedy, period drama is simply fantastic. Its wonderfully thought out from start to finish. The strongly assembled cast consisting of Buscemi, Tambor, Palin, Olga…

Matthew Vaughan’s Kingsman: The Secret Service became a revelation when it was released back in January 2015. Its highly stylized action sequences, wonderfully crafted gadgets and slick, sharp, sophisticated suits brought a nice refreshment to the action/spy genre. So, off the back of its success, the sequel was green lit, produced and released; much to the delight of fans from generation to generation. Kingsman: The Secret Service is a film I would recommend to any and every one to watch, and with it being a revelation, The Golden Circle would have to be unbelievably spectacular. So how was it? We…

In Los Angeles in the year 2049, K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner. He is assigned the task of retiring older replicants by LAPD’s Lt Joshi (Robin Wright), as Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) has created a newer range of models; Nexus 9. However, whilst investigating a case, he uncovers a shattering secret that could change society, and the world as they know it. In 1982, the great Ridley Scott gave us one of the most iconic films ever created; Blade Runner. It was a film that, over time, transcended movie culture to become one of the greats. It was…

American MadeIt’s fair to say that Tom Cruise didn’t get off to the best of starts this summer with his reboot of The Mummy launching Universal Studios’ ‘Dark Universe’ in potentially the wrong direction. But fans of his can be pleased with his latest picture; American Made. The movie is based on the real events that started in the late 1970s, when a pilot for TWA (Trans World Airlines) named Barry Seal (Cruise) is recruited for the CIA by agent Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) to carry out reconnaissance missions into South America. From this, Seal’s life escalates beyond his wildest…

Welcome week at Bangor is one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Moving into your accommodation, meeting new people, joining various societies and drinking your own body weight and then some in alcohol; it’s just magical! But when meeting new people, finding common interests is at the forefront. Probably one of the most common interests is films. If you name a load of movies you have watched, the likelihood is someone you meet has seen and enjoyed them too. With lectures not starting for a whole week, and some down/recovery time, it’s the perfect chance to join up with…

Wonder WomanAfter the backlash from critics and some fans of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, the continued success of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the reception 20th Century Fox has received for R-Rated features Deadpool and Logan; the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and Warner Bros were on the back-foot heading into the release of Wonder Woman. A film that dedicated fans such as myself would have seen, regardless of overall quality, but fans, as well as audiences in general, can be pleased with just how fantastic it is from start to finish. The origin story…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS) opened to the public on Friday morning. In the short time it’s been released it has been excelling worldwide in order to have a significant recoup on what has been three years of hype. Whilst it’s not going to be winning an Oscar in 2017, there are plenty of positives that both old and new fans can take from this film that will reinvigorate the comic book old debate of DC v Marvel. This Justice League prologue, directed by Zack Snyder, starts off during the events of Man of Steel, as Bruce Wayne…

Leonardo DiCaprio’s elusive wait for an Academy Award was finally over on the 28th February this calendar year. It seemed the whole world watched as 41 year old finally picked up his first Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role for his part as fur trapper Hugh Glass in The Revenant. It has been a long time coming for the six times Oscar nominee, five for acting roles and one for producing. But the people’s choice for this year’s best actor finally picked up his award and it was the shining light in a ceremony that was shrouded in controversy…

Alan Rickman, the actor and director, has died aged 69. The quintessential villain to most audiences, he first broke out onto the film scene with a major performance as terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988). This led to further roles such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Eamon De Valera in the eponymous biopic of Michael Collins (1996), and to slightly younger audiences as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films (2001-2011). Rickman made himself to be one of Britain’s best actors by taking up smaller roles along the way, featuring two standouts…

Action films are of a genre that’s frequently cited as being male dominated and generally not that female friendly. In recent years we’ve seen the rise of the female action hero – it’s becoming a more and more popular occurrence – with the recent releases of Hanna (2011), Lucy (2014) and The Hunger Games (2012). Of the top ten grossing films in 2014 only two contained a female lead but both can be seen to reside within the genre of action. With it being International  Women’s Day today, I decided to write a list of the most powerful and influential female…

One of my earliest memories of primary school is of an English lesson, and the teacher told us that when writing stories, to never, under any circumstances, use the word “nice”, because it’s just too dull and unimaginative. A meal isn’t “nice”, it’s “delicious”; a sunset isn’t “nice”, it’s “beautiful”. Yet in one of the most talked-about films of the year, after billionaire master of kink Christian Grey shows Ana into his chamber of torture, introduces her to his collection of whips and chains, holds her down and rips the virginity out of her, he rolls off of her only…

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who plays Spock in the original series of Star Trek, has died at age 83. Susan Bay, Nimoy’s wife, has confirmed that he died earlier this morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after recently being admitted to hospital because of chest pains. He is survived by his wife and two children: Adam and Julie Nimoy as well as his six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Nimoy was born on the 26 March 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts and while he appeared in many television shows, it was his role as Spock that brought his name into the…

Oscar season always brings forth a flurry of “must-see” films, with writers, actors and directors bringing their A-game to the party in order to claim the most coveted awards in Hollywood. As a film critic with only two pages worth of space to fill, this makes it an incredibly difficult time of year to choose what to write about. This year however, the most stunning film that I’ve seen has not in fact been nominated for an Oscar. The film is called ‘Match’, and it is 90 minutes of proof that all a film really needs in order to make…

Marc Webb’s latest instalment in the Spiderman reboot’s franchise, The Amazing Spiderman 2, is ticking all the boxes of the Hollywood blockbuster but it’s in no way a superhero movie at its best. Following on from the 2012 hit, Spidey 2 sees Andrew Garfield return as the spandex-wearing web-slinger and his normal guy counterpart, Peter Parker, burdened with great responsibility and haunted by visions of girlfriend, Gwen Stacey’s (Emma Stone), Dad who we last saw dying to save the hero. In all honesty I cannot remember who or what the bad guy was in Garfield’s first outing as the popular…