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Movie Catchup: Columbiana (2011)

Zoe Saldana is a latterday Columbian ninja, executing La Femme Nikita killings in this exploitation action-flick of slim girls, big guns, revenge and Missions Impossible. In a tense opening fifteen minutes, nine year old Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg) sees her parents murdered by drug barons, before making a thrilling but improbable escape on foot worthy of … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Guard (2011)

Move over Don Cheadle, it’s Irish whimsy and Brendan Gleeson all the way in this black comedy replay of High Noon; a violent, profane tale of drug trafficking, casual murder and police corruption amid the Paddy stereotypes of the Emerald Isle . Beginning as a fish-out-of-water comedy with the arrival of black FBI agent Wendell … Continue reading

Opinion: A Little Extra Support Part Two [Guest Post]

Post originally appeared as A little Extra support by Edwin Flay Part One covered the good reasons to be a Background, or Scenic Artist… However, there are also several good reasons never to be an extra: A lot of other industry professionals will assume you’re not a trained actor at all; You will be treated … Continue reading

Movie Catch-Up: Looper (2012)

In 2077, time travel is invented and immediately banned; not that it stops criminal syndicates using it to ‘disappear’ their victims back to 2044 where contract killers – loopers – dispose of them, until the day their older selves are sent back for disposal to ‘close the loop’. Rhian Johnson’s Looper is smart, tense, suspenseful … Continue reading

Opinion: A Little Extra Support Part One [Guest Post]

Post originally appeared as A little Extra support by Edwin Flay “Right, listen up! Gandhi’s dead and you’re all f******g sad!” – David Tomblin, 1st AD on Gandhi (according to John Sessions). This industry has an awful lot of disdain for extras, or background artistes, or SAs (supporting artistes). Everyone’s got a story about some … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Disconnect (2013)

The admirable ensemble cast of Disconnect does for the Internet what Crash did for the multi-cultural urban landscape. Trash it. If you can ignore its unrelentingly bleak outlook, didactic tone and occasional melodrama, this worthy drama turns our connected on-line world on its head in a tidal wave of suspicion, distrust, paranoia and personal betrayal. … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Europa Report (2011)

Despite a title that sounds like an EU treaty from Brussels, the Europa Report is a ‘found-footage’ sci-fi thriller that crosses Blair Witch with The Abyss. In space.  With the challenges of deep space exploration coming to the fore in factual shows such as the BBC’s Horizon, and in fiction with the aborted Defying Gravity … Continue reading

Review: Gravity (2013)

Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning technical tour-de-force is a thriller come adventure come survival story, yet, with a cast of only two, remains epic in every sense. Sandra Bullock is entirely sympathetic (if not entirely believable) as civilian astronaut Dr Ryan Stone, a technical specialist in orbit to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. George Clooney is barely, … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Covenant (2005)

Looking for the Twilight zone, all you get are testosterone-fuelled pretty boys snarling their way through a macho version of The Craft. Some impressive special effects can’t disguise the vacuous, sub-Supernatural script. Unintentionally comic, courtesy of ham-fisted Finnish demolition-meister Renny Harlin. Somewhere in Massachussets is the Ipswich Colony (which immediately destroys the movie for the Brits … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2011)

Life is for living: a hokey, magical-realism, ghostly romance is saved from Ghost Whisperer ignominy by the star quality of Zac Efron. A supernatural drama based on the bestselling book by author Ben Sherwood, Charlie St. Cloud (Efron: High School Musical, Me and Orson Wells) is a hometown golden boy who wins a sailing scholarship … Continue reading

How-to: Surviving Actors’ Expos, Part Two [Guest Post]

Originally posted as Surviving Actors’ Expos by Edwin Flay, February 11, 2014. “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the consumer, you’re the product.” – Anonymous. So, on Saturday, I attended an event called Surviving Actors, an expo stacked full of ‘opportunities’ for the aspiring/ struggling/ stalled actor… There’s a legitimate need for all … Continue reading

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