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Mary Harron: directing the undirectable

Mary Harron: directing the undirectable

It’s hard not to feel depressingly boring when you interview Mary Harron. She’s incredibly rock’n’roll, wearing leather trousers at 50 which I can’t pull off at 20, and confidently moves from talking about her childhood spent on film sets (her first step-mother was scouted by Stanley Kubrick) to Christian Bale’s “bionic” ability to sweat on command.  (more…)

Director Vicky Jewson: ‘How often do you see a real female action hero?’

Director Vicky Jewson: ‘How often do you see a real female action hero?’

Oxford is in Vicky Jewson’s blood. Born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, she has lived in or around the city for most of her life. For her first film, Lady Godiva, the streets of Oxford doubled for Coventry. Her second, Born of War, uses Oxford more explicitly. A local girl, who struggles to fit in at the university, discovers that her real father is a Middle Eastern warlord, and she becomes embroiled in an MI6 operation to track him down. ‘It’s such a wonderful backdrop for filming, the community here are so supportive to film-makers, the locations are stunning’, Jewson says of her hometown, and it helps that it is a ‘worldwide, well-known place.’ (more…)

Coming soon – what’s in cinemas this Trinity?

Coming soon – what’s in cinemas this Trinity?

Summer term in Oxford can be a mixed bag. While the weather picks up, many huddle in the library, faced with the impending doom of exams. But whether you need a break from the books or a refuge from an unexpected shower, the cinema is a place of escape. This Trinity there is an abundance of big movies hitting the screens, and here is a selection of the most notable to keep you going until the next vacation. (more…)

Review: Chappie

Review: Chappie

Neill Blomkamp’s roots as a visual effects artist have always been clear in his directorial work. His aliens and robots have a distinct fluidity, and his dusty aesthetic complements the dangerous, criminal atmosphere that pervades each film. In Chappie, however, the inclination towards visuals is a curse. The film gives the impression that Blomkamp was really excited about bringing a conscious, intelligent robot to life, but struggled to put together a story to back it up. It’s a shame; the premise is so enticing, but the execution is lacking. (more…)

Anti-pick of the week: The Keith Lemon Sketch Show

Anti-pick of the week: The Keith Lemon Sketch Show

It may not be quite as abhorrent as his film, but ‘comedian’ Leigh Francis’s latest use of his perma-tanned, insultingly unfunny Keith Lemon character is about as low as TV comedy can go. Spoofing celebrities and other programmes in a frenetic 30 minutes, it tries to invoke the pace and timing of older, similar shows. But Francis/Lemon simply isn’t up to it. (more…)

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