Best Ten Films Of 2012

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2012 may not have been a landmark year for cinema in the same way 1999 was, but it’s certainly seen its fair share of outstanding releases challenge, captivate and move audiences in remarkable ways. The first half was arguably somewhat of a write-off, with only the left-over Academy Award releases and a sprinkling of surprising successes – 21 Jump Street (arguably the best comedy of the year), The Cabin In The Woods, The Hunger Games and Pirates! In An Adventure With Continue reading “Best Ten Films Of 2012”

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Interview With The Raid Writer And Director Gareth Evans

In a little over two weeks (on May 18, to be precise), The Raid makes its way into cinema screens across the U.K.

Written and directed by Welsh-born filmmaker Gareth Evans, and starring leading Silat expert turned actor Iko Uwais, The Raid is a hard-hitting action film like no other, brimming with no-holds-barred coercion and unfaltering intensity.

The film centers on a SWAT team who, after being tasked with taking out Tama Continue reading “Interview With The Raid Writer And Director Gareth Evans”

U.K. Trailer For The Raid Crashes Online

Momentum Pictures have done it. They’ve defied adversity and created a trailer for The Raid that not only makes this writer want to relive it as soon as possible, but manages to capture its spirited heart and soul in a brief, one and a half minute window.

Written and directed by Welsh-born filmmaker Gareth Evans (Merantau), The Raid hinges on a fairly straightforward conceit: a SWAT team enter a tenement block in an effort to bring down Tama (Ray Sahatapy), a ruthless Continue reading “U.K. Trailer For The Raid Crashes Online”

Dundead Returns To DCA: Bigger, Better And Bloodier Than Ever

Last year, DCA Dundee launched Dundead. Showcasing the best in horror, the four-day film festival promised frights, chills and plenty of spills, and delivered in droves. Almost every screening sold out as Dundonians lapped up the chance to indulge in the very best new and old horror films.

Now, returning for its second outing after a host of double-bill instalments throughout the year, with ten films spread over four nights, Dundead is back, and Continue reading “Dundead Returns To DCA: Bigger, Better And Bloodier Than Ever”

8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up

Fast becoming one of the UK’s leading film festivals, Glasgow Film Festival’s eighth year has proven to be one of its best yet.

Selling over 30,000 tickets and attracting some top name guests, there was no better place to be this February than flitting between the marvellous Glasgow Film Theatre and the tallest cinema in Europe, Cineworld Renfrew Street.

Small on scale, yet big on ideas, co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner Continue reading “8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up”

Review: The Raid (2011)

Hollywood action films are increasingly becoming paint-by-numbers fare with uninteresting characters and unbelievable scenarios. The Raid, Welsh born writer and director Gareth Evans’ third feature film, hits hard due to its no-holds-barred coercion, unfaltering intensity and desire to do what most action films don’t: surprise its audience from the opening moments to the final fade to black.

Tasked with taking out Tama (Ray Sahetapy), landlord and kingpin to the scum of Jakarta, a SWAT team enter the building complex in which they believe he and Continue reading “Review: The Raid (2011)”

7th Annual Film4 FrightFest Glasgow Line-Up Announced

The line-up for the 7th annual Film4 FrightFest Glasgow was announced earlier today. It features a whopping eleven highly anticipated genre films, ten of which are receiving their UK premieres at the festival.

Running from Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25, this year’s Scottish edition of Film4 FrightFest looks set to be packed full of shocks, gore, special events, guest speakers and a fantastic community vibe. Continue reading “7th Annual Film4 FrightFest Glasgow Line-Up Announced”