Sex and the City 2 (2010)

Pretty Vacant

In over six years of attending press screenings, I have never seen anything like the furore that accompanied last night’s showing of Sex and the City 2 in Leicester Square. The huge queue outside the cinema soon turned into a scrum, as women dressed in their finest pushed and shoved to get through the door and secure a prime seat. Inside, the atmosphere was palpable; this is undoubtedly one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, and legions of SatC fans are at a fever-pitch of excitement to see how the lives of the fab four have moved on in the two years since the (excellent) first film. So, were those lucky few who had managed to secure on the hottest tickets in town rewarded for their efforts?

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FrightFest 2009: Opening Night!

triangle2_largeThe 10th Film4 FrightFest kicked off in its new home at London’s mammoth Empire Leicester Square cinema in suitable style, with the screening of a short American Werewolf in London spoof starring directors Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) and Adam Green (Hatchet). The hilarious vignette both introduced the audience to this year’s festival and reminded everyone that one of the highlights of this year’s proceedings would be the premiere screening of the remastered American Werewolf. Both Lynch and Green were in the audience as the FrightFest team of Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day introduced the opening night film, Triangle.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

A whole lot of bot…

If you showed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to the pioneers of the motion picture, those visionaries who first thought to splice images together to make them come alive, they would most likely be overcome with shock. It’s a testament to how far cinematic technology has come that modern audiences take such spectacle for granted – to the extent that the mind begins to wander and we begin hypothesising about how early cinema-goers would react to the film that is still playing on screen in front of us. Ok, so that might be just me, but the fact remains that, however awesome the visuals might be, Transformers 2 ‘aint got a whole lot of soul. And, despite all that technology, soul still remains the heart of great cinema.

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