In a series of pieces, I am trying to encourage other Union Films Bloggers to write about a minor actor they find interesting in the Bond franchise. Among the minor actors that grace the Bond franchise from time to time, one name in my family is well known: that of Walter Gotell, my Great Uncle-in-law [...]
Sarah’s Key (2010): An honest depiction of the past?
Countless films have been made on the subject of the Holocaust and the effect of the Second World War on Europe. Few, however, strike a deeply emotional cord or can be said to be carefully accurate in regard to the events that took place at the time. Elle S’appellait Sarah (Sarah’s Key), a 2010 film [...]
Ssh… Silent Cinema is back!
Sometimes, you just can’t beat curling up on of the sofa under a duvet, with your finger ready on the play button of an old movie. Singin’ in the Rain, It Happened One Night, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind… we’ve all seen them (at least I hope you have) and then we’ve seen them again, [...]
An Alternative Top 10 Films of 2011 List!
Unlike our dear Front of House Manager, I am (or at least was. Thanks, graduation) a film student and thought I’d throw in my whole two cents on whether or not we are pretentious via my top 10 films of 2011 list. May as well make it clear that under no circumstances do I think [...]
Hans Zimmer: Brilliant, but lazy…
Musical theme reuse has become my film-geek obsession. There are two things I excel at in film-nerd-terms and that is spotting the Willhelm Scream, and spotting film re-use. I’m also quite good at spotting actors and voices who are lesser known but crop up in films from time to time- but this is negated by [...]
Re-release? Please, I’ll take the original.
With the 3D re-release of the Star Wars trilogies due this week, we can expect a multitude of small but significantly annoying changes to the original films. I will just state for the record that the prequels are particularly poor in comparison to the original trilogy, so for this post I will ignore the prequels completely and [...]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review
Rating 8/10 (If I could give it seven and a half I would, but that just feels wrong) Mission Impossible has returned again, and this time it has gone further, by not only changing its attitude, but changing the cast, the way it’s filmed, and the overall impact. It really does feel that they have [...]
My ‘Top 10′ Films of 2011
Sometimes I find myself wondering about other people’s taste in films. More often than not I find fault with what they hail as “ground breaking pieces of cinematography” and am left wondering if they were actually watching the same dross I sat through. After reading some mind-numbingly bad reviews of the films of 2011 I [...]
Fast F***: Great uses of the dirtiest word in movies
Before I begin this blog, I’d just like to acknowledge that yes, I do appreciate the irony of censoring the swear words in a blog that criticises the film industry’s penchant for cutting back on swearing, but SUSU is a swear-free website and I respect that. Anyway, let’s begin. We at Union Films fully endorse [...]
The Future of Cinema
Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard of a guy called James Cameron, the director of a little film called Avatar. Ok it is probably the biggest film ever made: It is rumoured to have cost more than £186 million and has pushed the technological boundaries [...]