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Blog: Found Footage is Dead

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Can we all agree that found footage is dead? Like, as dead as the ghosts that found footage movies are always trying to film? There’s no way you can legitimately get away way making one these days with a straight face. If ever there was a genre that has been done to death, this is it. Like any movie gimmick or innovative new angle, it’s been used, abused and bastardised.

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A Movie A Week #31: St. Vincent

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There are lots of things you can do with Bill Murray if you’re lucky enough to have him appear in your movie. One of the most rewarding, as Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson have found out, is to place him in the midst of a real feel-good story. St.Vincent, the impressive feature debut from writer/director Theodore Melfi taps into this morish Murray quality with ease and provides one of the most rewarding performances of 2014.

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A Movie A Week #30: Boyhood

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a quiet epic. By now, anyone with even the vaguest interest in movies will no doubt be aware of the film’s unique gestation, however for those not in the know, here’s a quick catch up. Shot across 12 years, Boyhood follows its lead actor (and those around him) from childhood to maturity. Linklater and his team filmed intermittently in week-long stints from May 2002 to October 2013, revisiting the film’s key players at key points in their lives.

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Death By Reboot

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Reboots divide audiences. Some people like them, most people hate them. Here, I’ll explain how to reboot a classic movie in the most annoying way possible. That way, if the President of Hollywood just so happens to stumble upon this feature, he or she will find a handy guide of what NOT to do. Then they’ll ignore it and do it anyway. First up, JAWS.
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8 Reasons Why Ron Burgundy is The American Alan Partridge.

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Knowing you Ron Burgundy, knowing him Alan Partridge. AH-HAAAA! Ahem…

As Will Ferrell powers through the momentous PR push for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues it’s hard not to be reminded of another recent publicity trail that blurred the lines between reality and fiction. This got me thinking: Is Channel 4 News anchor and pub-time quote God Ron Burgundy the closest thing America has to our very own Alpha Papa, Alan Gordon Partridge? After all, the two guys have a heck of a lot in common. For example, they’ve both…

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A Movie A Week #23: Up In The Air

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Ryan Bingham lives in the air, travelling from workplace to workplace, hired to let employees of other companies know that they’re fired. He has no home to return to or time for commitments. Ryan Bingham is married to his job and in case you were wondering, Ryan Bingham loves his life.

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Everybody Shut Up: Have Today’s Movie Fans Become Spoilt Brats?

Man of Steel
The release of this year’s biggest tentpole movie Man of Steel raised a super-sized question that’s been niggling in my mind for months. Read any film blog in the wake of Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot and you’d think there had been an on-screen tragedy of Al Qaeda-sized proportions inflicted upon audiences. Now that the dust and rubble of a freshly leveled Metropolis has settled, it’s time to address an important issue facing the way modern moviegoers digest their entertainment: Have CGI effects transformed us into spoilt little brats?

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