Frame Rates HQ: We’ve Updated Our Design!

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Good evening, one and all! We hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

Lauren and I have been thinking about updating our design style recently, and now I have found a spare minute or two, it has finally happened! We hope you think it looks decent; we’ve gone vogue and tried to flatten parts of it! Gone is the square, and we’d like to say hello to a circle?! We got some business cards printed for a laugh as well –

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Tomorrow I am going to try and put into words what I thought of Transformers: Age of Extinction … it could be a long afternoon.

Cheers!

Ernie and Lauren.

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Film Podcasts: who listens to them and what are your favourites?

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As film bloggers, we have decided to commit ourselves to spending an inordinate amount of time watching movies and writing about them. However, there is another group out there equally as crazy as us; these are the people who spend time watching movies and talking about them instead. So, for the first time on our homepage, here are some of our favourite film/movie podcasts!

Film Fandango (< these are all links, btw)

Hosted by English comedians, David Reid and Marek Larwood (and Buddy the dog), Film Fandango is a refreshing mixture of easy-listening banter, silly accents and some occasional high-brow navel-gazing. The show used to be broadcast on Absolute Radio (in Britain), hosted by the aforementioned pair as well as Danielle Ward, but she left recently to do something on Broadway.

Slasher Cast

My five favourite middle fingers; the guys over at Slasher Cast are an…honest…bunch. Not for everyone (read: explicit), this horror podcast is released week-on-week, and has recently celebrated a 2nd birthday. I have spent far too many hours listening and re-listening to the musings and rants of Jack, Mike, New Jersey Nick, Dave and Ted, and I always look forward to Tuesday mornings when I can listen to the newest episode. Honestly, some of my biggest laughs in the past year and a half have been as a result of listening to this show.

A Damn Movie Podcast

Talk about a perfect blend of low-brow banter and high-brow super-analysis… Broadcasting from Salt Lake City, Utah, Adam Palcher and Adamn Sherlock have reviewed a huge amount of classics (and Battlefield Earth), and, without fail, manage to make me smile with their back-and-forths. It makes me laugh when I hear the next beer can open, and if I had to hazard a guess, I’d go with Sherlock being the culprit.

How Did This Get Made?

This podcast is literally bananas.  HDTGM, not to be confused with HIMYM (fuck those guys), delves deep into the pit of awful movies, pulling out some forgotten gems – Mortal Kombat is the latest offering – for some brutal analysis and balls-out commentaryAlways hilarious and occasionally enlightening, this podcast hosted by Paul Scheer with regular guests June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukus, plus a different guest each week, is a refreshing take on the film podcast. Crude, slightly insane, but an undeniable comedic chemistry between the hosts makes this one of my faves.

Film Junk

With humour drier than the Sahara, Film Junk and its Canadian hosts tear through current releases like it’s going out of fashion. They also have a really decent website, and some premium podcasts with in-depth analysis of some of the biggest blockbusters and franchises in cinema history. Also, sometimes it’s good listening to some hate, which is always a possibility with Film Junk.

Bloody Good Horror

Words of the day; beers of the episode; stories; letters; film reviews; bloody good laughs. This show goes above and beyond what I would expect from a podcast, and it’s up there with my favourites. A giant in the horror podcast world.

The /Filmcast

Probably the most populist show to which I listen, The SlashFilmcast touches upon all the newest releases in an easy to digest manner. I love their guests, especially Laremy Legel, and they have great chemistry. Much like Slasher Cast and Film Junk, it’s good to hear a podcast that doesn’t always agree. Also, /Filmcast had one of the best debates I have heard on the topic of streaming movies, Netflix and the future. Really great stuff.

Wittertainment: Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review

Flagship film show; The Good Doctor; Matthew Mahogany; BA in History and 100m swimming certificate; flappy hands; The Code of Conduct; totes emoshe, dead amaze; colonial commoners; Floyd and Boyd; oversized microphones; all-star guests; Kermodean rants; high brow, low brow; fart guns; top tens; long time listener- first time emailer; film of the week; TV film of the week; album of the week – Nick Lowe, Jesus of cool, David Morrissey and Hello to Jason Issacs.

If all that has left you scratching your head, listening to the podcast for the first time may have the same effect. Stick with it, however, and you will learn to wear your Wittertainee status with pride, as well as smugly congratulating yourself at how smart and knowledgeable you are about mis-en-scene and Japanese animation. A cacophony of in-jokes sandwiched between genuine banter, the best film analysis on the radio and truly impressive guests, this podcast is a must listen for wannabe film buffs.

So, fellow film lovers, what are your favourite movie podcasts? Does anyone listen to any of these? Also, if you have a podcast, drop a comment below!

Frame Rates Movies of Our Year 2013

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Belatedly, it’s that time of year where we should have a retrospective on the past year’s releases. However, as we don’t explicitly keep up-to-date with every current release on Frame Rates, we are going to offer up our individual winners from a selection of categories pertaining to our own 2013 movie viewing; think of it as a Frame Rates Year-End Review. So without further ado… (click on the films in blue to read our original reviews)

Ian’s Picks

A 2013 Top 3 [That I’ve Seen]

1. Gravity

2. You’re Next

3. Mud

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It’s official: Matthew Maconaughey is a great actor. Gone are his leaning days, and in has been ushered an era of convincing, humble, compelling characters and a likability that makes him even more believable. Even though he was the whipping boy of Hollywood for many years, it was all for the best, as now his resurgence is epitomised by his role in Mud. A fairy tale of love, redemption and friendship, I was completely on board throughout, I was touched by his relationship with the young protagonist, and thrilled until the very end by the perfectly-toned action and adventure. An entry into MM’s best roles, and certainly one of my films of the year.

I’ve Already Watched it Twice

Blackfish

My iTunes Rental of the Year

The Loved Ones (2009)

Surprise of the Year

The Conjuring

I Wish I Hadn’t Bought It

Only God Forgives

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2013 was the first year in which I let a man jerk off in my face for 90 mins. Obviously I am talking figuratively, and about the boring, ultra-violent, collage of red and pink in Only God Forgives. Winding Refn’s oeuvre is beautifully shot, brutal and very easy on the ear. Drive rightfully deserves its place among the best films of 2011 and is certainly his best work. Unfortunately, Only God Forgives is littered with awful dialogue, horrible pacing, and if it weren’t for the saving graces of the woefully under-used Kristen Scott-Thomas and the aforementioned cinematography, I would have turned this off after 20 minutes. I couldn’t even get behind the violence and gore, and that’s the main reason I stuck with Homeland beyond episode 6 this season. Very disappointing indeed.

I wish I’d Seen it at the Cinema

V/H/S/ 2

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There are very few sequels that stand up to the original, but boy does this go against that particular grain. V/H/S/2 was something I didn’t get to see at the cinema, so when I watched this exciting, bat-shit insane, gorefest in HD, I couldn’t help but think I should have cancelled all those plans I had during its cinema release to see it on the big screen. ‘Safe Haven’, one of the shorts, might be one of the best pieces of horror cinema I have seen. Honestly, if you are into copious gore, robot eyes, cute dogs, weird cults, and exceptionally good found footage horror, check this out. You won’t be disappointed.

Worst Film

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Fuck this movie. Seriously.

Lauren’s Picks

A 2013 Top 3 [That I’ve Seen]

1. Gravity

2. Behind the Candelabra

3. Despicable Me 2

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I think its always a risk, however inevitable it seems these days, to make a sequel when a film is as good as Despicable Me, so I was understandably wary going into Despicable Me 2. Ten minutes into the film I let out a sigh of relief. The characters were funnier, more charming and all the elements of the first film that we liked and wanted to see more of had been piled on and ramped up; basically more minions and more fart jokes. The introduction of a love interest for Gru added a new layer to the story and allowed the development of the family unit to play out, keeping the story fresh and interesting. Gags, stunts, gadgets, villains and the cutest animated infant since Boo from Monsters Inc. meant this really was a joy to watch.

I’ve Already Watched it Twice

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Sorry same choice as Ian!  I have watched this twice now and have high hopes for this as we go into the 2014 awards season. This film is changing public opinion in a big way, a testament to how fantastic this film really is.

My iTunes Rental of the Year

Gone Baby Gone

Surprise of the Year

The Impossible

I wasn’t the one to originally review this film back May and I won’t attempt to better Ian’s wonderful write- up but I think its worth mentioning my reasons for selecting it as Surprise of the Year. When the marketing campaign for The Impossible was rolled out around Xmas of 2012 I couldn’t have been more disgusted with the lack of taste and sensitivity of the films subject matter. In my eyes it was too soon and any attempt at dramatising the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami was mercenary and exploitative. Boy I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is a beautiful film that emotionally grabbed me and did so in a way that memorialised the victims and put into perspective the realities of the disaster.

I Wish I Hadn’t Bought It

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I wish I’d Seen it at the Cinema

Star Trek Into Darkness

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Yeah Star Trek! Yeah J. J. Abrams! Yeah Benedict Cumberbatch! Love love love love. Building on the strength of the first movie (first reboot – yes I know Star Trek has been around for as long as Christianity) Star Trek Into Darkness capitalises on the friendship of Spock and Kirk and tests the crew of the Enterprise with a deliciously evil foil in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek for me is going from strength to strength as Abrams develops and moulds his imagined universe. The action sequences are exciting – hence the regret I watched this on a 5 inch phone- and the dialogue pitched just right to be both funny and dramatic. Great film.

Worst Film

Pacific Rim

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I love Sci-Fi and the thought of giant robots/nuclear powered war machines fighting giant sea monsters fills me with all sort of glee, which makes this disappointing as well as dire. The dialogue in Pacific Rim is some of the worst I have ever heard, the acting is over the top and hammy, and the CGI monsters have no depth or substance to them at all. I hated this the entire 2 hours it was on and I’m still angry now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a tank of manatees credited as Scriptwriters. Guillermo del Toro I expected better. Although nice to see a former EastEnders actor getting a big break. Shame he was butchering an Australian accent and ruining every scene in which he appeared….

How much would you pay for an Internet cinema ticket?

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This isn’t an Internet cinema ticket, but we all have imaginations.

Regardless of what you thought of the film A Field in England, it did something extraordinary on its release; it was put out at cinemas, on DVD, on various VOD services, and played on terrestrial TV on the same day, all of which cost different amounts to watch, some of them being for free (SHOCK!).

Being not a tech dinosaur, I absolutely loved this because, as we all become more savvy to technology, we are becoming curators of how we consume our content; I rented the movie from iTunes and watched it on my flight to San Francisco…yes, I paid when I could have watched it for free on the TV a week earlier. No longer are we passive in media consumption; we have DVRs; we create playlists of tracks from different albums on services that offer pay monthly models; we save articles from different news sources to read later; we are members of streaming services that offer myriad films of all genres for less than a ticket to the cinema per month. And the amount of screens we have in our lives are increasing; here in the UK, 12m adults over the age of 18 own a tablet, which is almost 30% of the adult population. While all this innovation is happening in technology and media distribution, most movie studios, their distributors and subsequent big cinema chains, bar the absolute minority, are woefully behind the times. I say most because there are a few cinemas that have seen the shift in mass market media consumption and are now offering Home Cinema passes for individual films; http://www.curzoncinemas.com/film_on_demand/.

At Curzon, they aren’t offering Category A releases (your blockbusters, ‘director’ releases, etc), but some of them aren’t available on VOD yet, which is great…until you see the price. £10.00 ($16.00), I think, is a high price to pay to watch a new movie from the comfort of your own home. Let’s list a few of the reasons for this being too high;

  • Joe Public doesn’t have a digital projector and a 50 foot screen, onto which they can project a 4k version of the film, in their living rooms
  • No one has a cinema standard sound system in the same living rooms
  • I am sure a large number of people would be renting on a laptop, an iPhone or iPad, any other tablet, etc, which is not the most engaging way to watch a movie, but we all still do it
  • The whole point of charging a premium at the cinema is because there are other amenities, such as food halls, shops, pubs, etc, in the area, out of which you can make a Friday night

Truth be told, if the movie was a new release, such as the up-and-coming JGL movie, Don Jon, I would probably pay £10 and watch it at home because most cinema audiences are quite annoying, but that’s besides the point. If studios want to move with the times and be seen as innovators of their product, asking people to pay exorbitant rates does more harm than good from the outset. Personally, and we are talking ballpark here, £5 is a massively reasonable number to pay for home cinema release of a new movie. Obviously, this would be alongside a wide cinema release, where you pay normal rates; people will still go to the cinema for exactly the reasons discussed above. I don’t think the skeletons that run Hollywood have the guts to change their legacy economic models, which means they will undoubtedly make up their margins by charging a small fortune, but this is not how it should be done. If they are going to develop home cinema releasing, they should take a risk and treat a new movie release like a premium rental on VOD! Let’s face it, if someone falls in love with a movie, they will always pay for it in the end (I have three copies of Shaun of the Dead!).

So, how much do you think a home cinema ticket should be? Do you think it would harm multiplex cinema chains? Do you care if it does harm multiplex cinemas as long as movies are still economically viable and keep being made? Do you think the film industry needs to move with the times and start catering for their audiences’ needs rather than those of the banks?

Happy Monday, everyone! And if you’re in the UK stay safe and out of the storm!

Midnites 4 Maniacs presents Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & The World’s End

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I’m a lucky, lucky boy.

On Friday I entered a competition to win a golden ticket to the Bay Area premiere of The World’s End and a Q+A with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Not only this though, as the premiere would be prefaced by a double screening of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (yes, that’s 9 hours in the cinema). Well, long story short, I won.

The event was Monday @ AMC Metreon in San Francisco and it was….well…fucking awesome. Not only had I never seen Shaun of the Dead on the big screen, but I hadn’t seen Hot Fuzz in over (ballpark) 2 years, so I was almost as excited about those two movies as I was about seeing The World’s End, the final movie in the press-named, Blood and Ice Cream trilogy. This here is a review of the event itself, as well as a few words about the first two Wright movies, as I want to give The World’s End its own post.

Things kicked off at 2pm, and that meant an hour waiting in a queue for the Midnites 4 Maniacs team to hand out the winning golden tickets and wristbands (smug alert). Once we were in, and after a short, inspirational speech about the state of indie film and independent cinemas by our MC (M4M’s organiser/Film History lecturer, Jessie Hawthorne Ficks), the wonderful Shaun of the Dead was presented.

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I had actually already watched this twice this year, however it was still an absolute pleasure seeing one of my favourite movies of all time projected on the big screen in beautiful digital 4K. From the first second to the last the audience was laughing, and this was actually a trend that continued until the trio left the stage at 22:30.

Shaun of the Dead has a wonderful balance between gore, humour and a thick thread of touching realism, despite the film being about a zombie apocalypse. When a quintessentially British movie is being revered by an American audience, you know your film has a universal appeal, and that was regardless of some of the jokes and cultural references being understandable by the only Brit in the room (which was evident when I was the only person to cheer the mention of Britain).

Hot Fuzz

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Overlooked by America when it was released (apparently), Hot Fuzz is set in Edgar Wright’s hometown, yet shows a side of Britain that we rarely see; the shooty-in-the-country, balls-out action side. Pegg and Frost play a pair of star-crossed policeman officers, and according to Wright, Frost’s part was originally written as a woman. I honestly forgot how funny this movie was, and seeing it on the big screen for a second time was a revelation. I defy you to use the phrase ‘sleepy England’ after watching this film.

Q+A

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You can tell these guys have a blast working together just by how they talk to each other. Pegg and Wright co-author the movies, yet Frost has the first say on the scripts, which they go into in this video.

There wasn’t too much juicy gossip to tell from this session, except the Cornetto references in the three movies are a result of Wright’s recommended hangover cure and nothing else! I fucking love these three movies, I fucking love these three guys, and I fucking love Midnites 4 Maniacs for choosing me to experience the magic of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy on the big screen.

My The World’s End review is coming later today (PST), I just need to formulate words that make me sound reasoned and not like I am jerking off.

[Meta] What is it about film that speaks to you?

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It’s no secret that if you are reading this you probably have an unhealthy relationship with film. We are all part of a thriving online community, and while we have our day-to-day lives, we go to work, socialise and have other responsibilities (families and children), I’m sure that if you were asked “when are you most happy?”, a lot of your answers would be something along the lines of “when I’m watching a movie (alone/with my girlfriend/wife/mates/kids)”.

I went for dinner with my parents recently and my mother asked me what it was about horror movies that spoke to me. On the surface it may be my grandfather’s fault; letting me watch 18-rated scary movies at the tender age of 4 undoubtedly released so many chemicals into my young brain that I am still searching for that same feeling of fear and excitement. However, I think there is something more than that, and it stretches to movies as an art form.

Other than music and possibly books, I’d posit the idea that watching a film is the most emotionally-engaging art form we can enjoy as mere mortals. If a film is made right it can make you feel distraught, ecstatic, tickled pink, horny or terrified, and those are just the decent ones. We all have ‘that film’, or if we are lucky, ‘those films’; the movies you revisit year after year that make you feel the same emotions you felt the very first time you watched them at the cinema, on VHS, DVD or online. Personally, I have movies that I adore (some of them are here), and I think the main reason I will feel moved enough by a film to spend my free time writing about it online is if it is adventurous with the style, or if the story feels new or relevant to me. Movies that play with genre also really do it for me; Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic example from recent times!

So what do you look for in a film? Or better still, what aspects of movies make your jaw drop, are unforgettable, or have changed the way you view not just movies, but the world in general? What is it about film that speaks to you?

Wonderful Wednesday: some brief admin

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Firstly, we (read: I, sorry Lauren) need to apologise for accidentally publishing two articles this morning! I was trying to schedule them for later in the week from the WordPress app and it all went Peter Tong. So, if you try and access our ’10 things’ and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs articles published earlier than this post you will hit a 404!

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Secondly, we’re on both Vine (search Frame Rates on your iPhone and Android) and Instagram as of this morning! We won’t post pictures of our food, and it will mostly be relevant to the cinematic medium. Our first Vine is shows the life of a Keyframe in After Effects!

Finally, June could well be a bit choppy with content; Lauren is getting married (yay!) and I am going to Barcelona and Zurich for some sun and cerveza, however we will get some reviews written beforehand and hopefully schedule them properly this time!

Cheers, all! Lookout for our ’10 things’ going up – and staying up – later today!

Do you review all the films you watch?

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We’ve lost count of how many films we’ve watched this year. 2013 is almost half done, and I think a ballpark figure would be over 150 movies between us. Obviously we haven’t written 150 reviews, which got us thinking…

Do you review everything you watch?

Here are just a couple of films that didn’t make the cut for different reasons (mainly time constraints!);

The Divide

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Heart of Darkness

Apocalypse Now

The Boys from Company C

Full Metal Jacket

R-Point

Ghostbusters 1+2

Frontiers

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Ward

Priest

House of the Devil

The Innkeepers

Cockneys vs Zombies

Battle – Los Angeles

Lethal Weapon

From Paris with Love

One Missed Call

Terror at the Opera

Zombie

The Lookout

Dead Snow

Office Space

Training Day

Due Date

The Cable Guy

Silent House

Livid

The Last Exorcism

Night of the Hunter

Gattaca

Neds

Tell No One

Lawless

Ghost Ship

Butterfly on a Wheel

The Big Steal

Elite Squad 1+2

Winter’s Bone

Ted

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These are just a couple of movies we’ve watched without reviewing. On reflection, I think we are going to have to go back to a few of them and get thoughts down for posterity.

Can you see any in that list that need a review? Livid and The Innkeepers jump out, and Elite Squad 1+2.

What are some of the movies you have seen recently that you haven’t had the time to review?

Post 100! 100 years of film

We’ve made it to our first milestone! We have published 100 posts on the interwebs! To celebrate this, while Lauren is off enjoying her hen party weekend, I have decided to do a 100 year retrospective on my favourite (not critically-acclaimed, or necessarily best) film from each decade between 1910 and 2010.

1910s: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

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Yes, I know this was released in 1920, but I’m going to count the date of production rather than the 1920 release. Whether it’s in the films of Tim Burton, the film noir movement of the 40s-50s, countless graphic novels, or pretty much most horror that followed on for the next forty years, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari can be counted as a major influence. German Expressionism at its best, this movie looks amazingly original, and regardless of how many times the stylistics have been pastiched, it still charmed the pants off me while being very unsettling to boot. I consider it a favourite of mine, despite being released almost 100 years ago.

1920s: The Gold Rush (1925)

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Talking about charming the pants off me… Charlie Chaplin, oh how I wish an equivalent actor was jobbing in Hollywood nowadays. Modern Times may be his best work, but The Gold Rush is relentless tomfoolery with a heart. Slapstick humour hasn’t evolved a great amount since Chaplin’s movies, but he will always be the undisputed king of that pool of comedy. There will never be an actor that can tell a story using their body with such precision as Charlie Chaplin, and despite a decade of seminal classics such as The Jazz Singer, Metropolis and Battleship Potemkin, this movie slapsticks its way into my top spot for the 1920s. This film also contains the best use of a chicken suit in cinema history.

1930s: Things To Come (1936)

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The thing I love about this British science fiction movie from the mid-30s is how weirdly accurate it is in predicting following 100 years. Granted they thought we wouldn’t make it into space until 2035 (idiots, pah), they did however mention wars, plagues, the mistrust of science and machines, and revolting workers. As a bit of an After Effects/post-production geek, I love how they achieved the visuals in this movie. Much like The Impossible, but a million times more impressive, they used practical effects because they didn’t have computers. Well they did, but they were much bigger and I don’t think you would be able to run After Effects 64-bit on them.

1940s: Double Indemnity (1944)

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Do you remember your first film noir experience? Mine just so happened to be with Double Indemnity. It was gentle at first but towards the end I was being taken on such a ride I could barely breathe. There was something quite magical about watching my first noir; I was coming off the back of a photography a-level, so was pretty obsessed with chiaroscuro, and noir pretty much is the biggest proponent of that high contrast between light and dark aesthetic. Style aside, Billy Wilder knows how to put together a story, and Double Indemnity is gripping from the first to the last.

1950s: Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Electric pacing, stunning performances from every cast member, gripping plot. This is the second Wilder movie on my list, and it’s not the last either. In my opinion, there isn’t a better courtroom drama than Witness for the Prosecution, and this is one of my ‘go to’ movies that I feel compelled to watch each year. Nail-biting, and if you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing and spend the next 2 hours in cinematic heaven by watching Witness for the Prosecution. It’s such a special movie.

1960s: The Apartment (1960)

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Some people have a song or a city that reminds them of a special time with a loved one. I have The Apartment, a movie that changed the opinion of a girlfriend that has stated, on record, that black and white movies are rubbish. Billy Wilder constructs the best rom com in history, with a set of believable characters and a charming story of love and loyalty. Jack Lemon, who would later go on to start in Grumpy Old Men, gives the performance of a lifetime as a cheerful, hapless in love office worker that falls for a woman who knows how to press his buttons. It’s funny, beautiful, brilliantly-paced and NOT cloying or sickly. A complete cinematic experience, and I think I’m going to watch it again today!

1970s: Alien (1979)

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I should not have been allowed to watch this at such a young age. Alien gave me nightmares for a couple of years, and, to this day, is a movie that knows how to terrify me. The 1970s were fantastic for dystopian science fiction movies, and while there are some classics from the decade, none manages the same rewatchability as Alien. It blends horror and sci-fi, looks gothic yet futuristic, and doesn’t resort to cheap narrative cliches to achieve its scares. It might be cool to say you like Alien, but do I care? Nope.

1980s: The Shining (1980)

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I only realised last week after a conversation with Lauren why I love this film so much. Kubrick has constructed a movie in The Shining that looks extremely photographic. You could literally take any still from this The Shining (or any Kubrick film for that matter), frame it and hang it on your wall. Much like Mulholland Dr., The Shining has a narrative that demands you think about what you are seeing, and the ending, while being the literal opposite to what happens in the book, is a massive head-fuck. I love being challenged by a film, be it through imagery, thematics or narrative structure and development, and The Shining absolutely carries the flame for all of those categories.

1990s: LA Confidential (1997)

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I bought the video game, LA Noire, expecting something as engaging as LA Confidential, but was bitterly disappointed. Much like the rest of the films on this list, LA Confidential left me feeling completely engrossed in the story, and it puts a smile on my face when I think about the first time I watched it. The 90s were Kevin Spacey’s decade, and his output doesn’t get any more compelling or exciting than LA Confidential. If you haven’t seen this, why the hell not?!

2000s: Mulholland Dr. (2001)

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No hay banda. There is no band.

My mind was blown so much when I saw this movie at the beginning of university that I decided to do my dissertation on Lynch. There are so many memories I have related to Mulholland Dr.; doing an all-nighter with mates and putting this on at 8am, much to their confusion; watching it in the rain in an open air cinema in Somerset House, London, with my girlfriend; watching it twice in one day while writing the final chapter of my dissertation about this movie. It’s clever, sleek, dream-like, confusing, a complete mind-fuck, but it’s just so damn good. If this is Lynch’s middle finger letter to Hollywood, my 11,169 word, 65 page dissertation is a love letter to Lynch.

2010s so far…: Inception (2010)

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There have only been three and a half years of the Teens, and while we’ve seen some fantastic movies released, I don’t think any of them have come close to giving me the feeling I had when I left the cinema after watching Inception. I caught a late screening, but if I had seen it during the day I absolutely would have bought another ticket and watched it again. Nolan is magical, and regardless of the fact this movie has been called many things, I would proudly be the standard bearer for Inception as a blockbuster with smarts. Much like Looper, forget the science or technicalities of the plot and let it wash over you like the intelligent sci-fi action movie that it is. Amazing.

Honourary mentions (some of these are on par with my choices, and could be interchangeable, especially the 1950s, that was a GOOD decade):

The Public Enemy, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Big Steal, Stray Dog, Rear Window, Singin’ in the Rain, Night of the Hunter, Les Diaboliques, North by Northwest, Psycho, Dr Strangelove, Goldfinger, Soylent Green, The French Connection, Chinatown, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Labyrinth, Aladdin, The Usual Suspects, Men in Black, 28 Days Later, City of God, Oldboy, Shaun of the Dead, Brick, Martyrs, I Saw the Devil, The Cabin in the Woods, Looper

Sundance London: A Review

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Robert Redford: the mad daddy of Sundance

We’ve officially got a spring in our step today as we sit back and take stock of our very first Sundance experience. Held within the World of Cine (sorry Wittertainment joke again) at London’s O2 Arena in Greenwhich, Sundance London whirled back into town for the second year running to play host to a stunning, original and eclectic programme of independent films from across the world. Kicked off by the founder of Sundance, the main man himself, Robert Redford, on Thursday evening, Sundance London has been premiering independent films for the past four days. As first time festival goers we were unsure what to expect, but after seeing two documentaries over the weekend, including Q&A’s with both directors, I think it’s safe to say we’re hooked.

Sundance and independent film festivals in general, are the antidote for anyone sick of cynical film making. Anyone jaded or fatigued by the generic output of the  Hollywood machine, Sundance London is the cure. Sundance opens cinema up to all with individual film tickets available at reasonable prices, or a bumper access-all-films pass for the humble, movie-mad public. The festival itself is becoming synonymous with integrity and its easy to see why; the live tweets during the main events are teaching film to people that didn’t even get tickets. The friendly ushers and staff honoured the spirit of the festival really well and we were never made to feel unwelcome or like we couldn’t get help. We have reviews for the films we saw coming later on today, both of which were interesting and original in their own respects. If anyone is in London when Sundance in on next year, we both highly recommend attending!

Next year we are definitely going for the whole festival!

The Versatile Blogger Awards

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Say whaaaat?!

Jona over at Reely Bored has done gone nominated us for The Versatile Blogger Award. While we have no idea what this entails, we are really touched that someone appreciates our content enough to nominate us, so thanks, Jona.

The ball is now in our court. In a sort of ‘Pay it Forward-esque’ bit of blogging, we now nominate 10 blogs for the award. Participation is by no means mandatory, so you don’t have to follow up if we do nominate you! Also, please don’t be offended if we miss people out; we didn’t even know this was a thing until last night!

If you have been nominated and wish to pay it forward, rules is rules, and them rules is at the bottom.

Thank you Reely Bored for nominating us for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Check out Reely Bored at:

http://reelybored.wordpress.com/

And so, without further ado, here are the nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

http://thecinemamonster.com/

http://georginaguthrie.wordpress.com/

http://filmsandcoke.wordpress.com/

http://theshovingbuddies.com/

http://terrymalloyspigeoncoop.com/

http://franzpatrick.com/

http://cinemasamurai.wordpress.com/

http://cinematrain.wordpress.com/

http://goodmoviesbadmovies.com/

http://ilikedthatfilm.wordpress.com/

10 Random Things About Me Us

1.) We went to uni together

2.) We made a short film in 2010 for IH’s final practical unit on Film course. LJ was the lead actress!

3.) It’s about movies and it’s always about jaegerbombs

4.) Framerates is a result of many years of moaning about shit films and getting 11pm texts after the cinema; ‘SKYFALL WAS EPIC’ I think was the last one.

5.) Both from London; one norf and one saaf of the river

6.) We were lucky enough to get tickets to the Hollywood Costume exhibition last year. We were <——-> close to Batman and Superman among other amazing costumes

7.) Horror and comedy are our favourite genres respectively

8.) 2013 is a big year for both of us

9.) If Crystal Palace get promoted to the Premier League next season, there will be two days in 2013-14 in which we won’t talk (Arsenal v Palace; come on you Gunners Eagles!)

10.) What do we think of Michael Bay…?

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Your mission, should you choose to accept:

Versatile Blogger Award – Rules for those who wish to participate

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 10 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award; and link to them.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 10 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Housekeeping

Hey y’all!

We are just in the process of getting our Frame Rates house in shape. We need to trim the grass in the front yard, puff up all the cushions and put the beers in the fridge before we can entertain guests.

Be sure to check back soon for premium cinematic discussions, insightful musings and some other not-so high brow content!

The Frame Raters

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