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2008, in Film: The Moviebarn top 12

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For you lot, Christmas and New Year offer a chance to eat lots, stock up on gadgets and DVDs for the next year, and generally hang out. For people who spend their time talking about anything in particular, it can be a bit of a pain. That’s because you, the public, expect/demand, an end-of-year review list rundown top 100 bonanza. But just to be a bit contrary, I won’t give you a simple run-through of the top films of the year. Instead, we’re on a trip back in time, to the land called 2008, to look at A YEAR IN FILM!!! This one, that hasn’t even finished yet… Continue reading


Earth: DVD Review

If there’s one sure sign of a production’s visual quality, it’s the words ‘BBC Natural History Unit’. The kings of the nature documentary, they go wherever they have to and wait as long as it takes to get shots of animals frolicking about. Earth is the unit’s second foray into feature-length documentaries, and the companion piece to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. Continue reading

Persepolis: Review


From the April issue of The Skinny, a free entertainment magazine for Glasgow and Edinburgh. Go get it.

The Moviebarn Farm-a-riffic April Preview…

Persepolis, one of the good ones this month; copyright Optimum Releasing

Well March was a bit of a damp squib. A wetty even. A series of not-great films coupled with some not-great weather. I liked the Creme Eggs though. Hopefully April will be better, here’s what’s a-coming;

April 4thSon of Rambow; has provisional role as ‘Peter’s favourite film of April’ already courtesy of a screening last week. Touching but funny tale of children making low-budget action film. Features flying dog.

I’m a Cyborg; asylum-based mentalism from the Korean director behind the ‘Vengance’ trilogy. About a woman who thinks she’s a robot, and a man who thinks he can harvest souls. Feat. a man called ‘Rain’. No bullshit, that’s the actual name I have in front of me.

April 11th21; card-counting-ahoy in the film adap. of ‘Bringing down the House’. About a group of university students “up against the Vegas elite”. Could be OK. Could be so smug it’ll hurt to watch it. We’ll see.

Leatherheads; American Football-based comu-drama starring George Clooney. UK press material makes hardly any mention of the Yankeeball element. I wonder why?

REC; (en Espanol) “What’s that in the corner of this burnt-out building?” “OHMYGAWD! AAAARGH! AAAAGH! AAARGH! AARGH! AAAGH! AAARGH!”

Shine a Light; The Rolling Stones, playing some musics. Scorcese is directing. Sadly, there will be no Raging Bulls. Not even a little one.

April 18thFool’s Gold; WARNING, THIS IS NOT A JOKE, THIS IS THE ACTUAL PLOT OF THE FILM: Matthew McConaghey and Kate Hudson play a married couple, both of whom are treasure hunters. Their marriage is on the rocks, but they are brought back from the brink of divorce, by the discovery of sunken Spanish gold.

In Bruges; Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes in Belgium-based TV/Film project that isn’t Poirot. Far from it. This has midgets. And swearing. And guns.

Street Kings; Double-cross, double-double-cross, bent (not in that way) cops, and more excellent Hugh Laurie accents. Looks like a good’un, and has pedigree (directed by the writer of ‘Training Day’).

25th AprilPersepolis; Reviewed this for the coming issue of The Skinny, so will post review when it hits the street. It’s a French-Iranian black-and-white animation. Stylish, funny, and enthralling. If you can find it, go and see it. When it’s on, obviously.

So that’s April. Out of that lot I’d recommend Son of Rambow and Persepolis, both terrific. And I’m curious about Street Kings. So there you go, 3 good films for the next 5 weeks. Roll on May…