Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pete’s Peek | Nightbirds and The Body Beneath – resurrecting the twisted cinema of Andy Milligan

The reason why I love the BFI’s Flipside series is their ability to unearth genuine nuggets of cinematic obscurities. Their latest find is the dark demented cinema of the 1960s fleapit filmmaker, Andy Milligan. Now, I have only ever heard … Continue reading

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Film review | Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson’s surprisingly heartfelt hymn to young love

Wes Anderson’s 1996 debut film, offbeat crime comedy Bottle Rocket, thoroughly charmed me, and his second, the even more idiosyncratic Rushmore, won me over completely. More recently, though, I’ve been blowing hot and cold over his work, finding The Darjeeling … Continue reading

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Win The Queen starring Helen Mirren on Blu-ray

We’ve got Jubilee fever here at Movie Talk and to mark the occasion we’re waving our red, white and blue bunting and giving away three Blu-ray copies of the acclaimed film The Queen – starring Dame Helen Mirren as Her … Continue reading

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Big Screen – this week’s top ten at the cinema…

The Dictator Desperate despot… Borat and Bruno star Sacha Baron Cohen mixes comedy and controversy again in his latest big-screen outing, this time as the tyrant Admiral General Aladeen. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash … Continue reading

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Film review | Men in Black 3 – Smith, Jones & Brolin tackle icky aliens with quips and cool

A decade on from their last screen outing, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’s slickly dressed, Ray-Ban-wearing agents J and K are back for Men in Black 3. But after such a long absence, are they still up to the … Continue reading

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Who won the Underworld Quadrilogy box-sets?

Thanks to everyone who entered our Underworld competition. The Kenneth Branagh movie that kicked off Kate Beckinsale’s career was of course Much Ado About Nothing. And the two lucky winners, drawn at random, are Melanie Crumpton and Graeme Denman. Congratulations … Continue reading

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Film review | What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Five couples on the bumpy road to parenthood

After a gestation period far outdoing anything the animal kingdom can offer, Hollywood has turned a quarter-of-a-century-old self-help guide – Heidi Murkoff’s bestselling 1984 pregnancy manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting – into a slick comedy-drama that’s strictly by … Continue reading

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Name That Chest: Expecting room service?

Who is this mystery star, and more’s to the point, what is she doing? Any ideas? Did you guess the identity last week’s mystery Martini drinker? Yeah of course you did. But anyhow, the birthday boy is pictured here in … Continue reading

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Film review | Iron Sky – Lunatic fringe! Bonkers sci-fi satire sends Nazis to the moon

Nazis on the moon! What could be more brilliantly bonkers than the lunatic premise of satirical sci-fi action comedy Iron Sky? Sadly, having kept movie geeks atwitter during the six years his film was in production, Finnish director Timo Vuorensola … Continue reading

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Couch Potato’s Tuesday Teaser: Which actor dodged Saving Private Ryan’s tough army training?

In Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan, a small team of US soldiers is sent to find and rescue a young private whose three brothers have been killed in action. To prepare for the movie, all the principal actors went through … Continue reading

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