Chris Rogers

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The Happy and the Sad of Christmas Movies

It’s time for the obligatory Christmas film list. Four writers share what makes them cry, for better or worse.   The A-Team (2010) I’m not going to argue that The A-Team, based on the 80s TV show, is a deep film. It’s not. The plot is crazy, adrenaline is on full flow and the finale…

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The Changelings: Films That Changed Our Lives

Four writers. Four films that changed their lives… Into the Wild (2007) The final scene and credits of Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild will always stick with me. In a dark room late at night with a group of close friends, the only sound was a quiet collective sobbing. The film had an enormous impact…

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Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Two of our writers venture into the depths of their wank banks and select their top sex scenes. For your eyes only. Top Gun (1982) Perhaps more famous for its incredible aerial cinematography, military propaganda and homo-erotic subtext, Top Gun made its impression on many teenage minds with the love scene between Tom Cruise and…

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The Curious Case of Torture Porn

For The whole concept of the ‘torture porn’ genre (created by a fusion of the splatter and slasher genre) has been a much-debated issue since its emergence in the late 2000s. A comparison can be drawn between said emergence and tumultuous debate with the ‘video nasties’ scare of the eighties, when titles such as The…

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Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

From director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) comes the much-anticipated sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a re-boot of the classic film saga depicting a world in which intelligent simians have become the dominant species of the planet. Set ten years after the events of Rise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes…

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Review: Oculus

From director Mike Flanagan, Oculus is a horror film concerning the plight of Kaylie Russell (Gillan), who attempts to prove the innocence of her convicted brother Tim (Thwaites) after witnessing the deaths of her mother and father (Sackhoff and Cochrane) as a child. With Kaylie convinced that the real cause of death was a supernatural…

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Director Paul W.S. Anderson Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas Cert 12 Runtime 105mins Pompeii is the latest big-budget disaster movie to grace cinema screens, and judging by the trailers you’d find it easy to simply dismiss it as ‘Titanic with a volcano’. The film stars Kit Harington as Milo,…

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