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CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | LIVE REVIEW

CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | LIVE REVIEW   St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 8 Dec After a persistent period of proliferating popularity, the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra blessed the punters at St. David’s Hall with another A Night At The Movies performance of pure magic from the silver screen and in particular, from the wonderful head of […]

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Rian Johnson (12A 130 mins) The Force Awakens shook up the Star Wars universe under JJ Abrams’ reverential direction. After the disappointments of the sci-fi prequels, Episode VII truly delivered for Star Wars and non-Star Wars fans. Now Rian Johnson, the director of classy nourish films like Brick and Looper has been handed the keys to the Millennium Falcon, will […]

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GALACTIC EMPIRE | LIVE REVIEW

GALACTIC EMPIRE | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tue 7 Feb Bored of the same tired-looking tribute acts? This empire is striking back. Galactic Empire, a Star Wars-themed metal band paying homage to the scores of John Williams, are the band you’re looking for. Fully garbed in authentic costumes, the five-piece proved destructive capabilities […]

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DVD | APRIL RELEASES

DVD | APRIL RELEASES

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS  12 (Lucasfilm) At times the latest addition to the Star Wars saga feels like someone has taken a stencil of A New Hope and just used different colours. However, this is no bad thing as it guarantees pleasing Star Wars fans with PTSD from The Phantom Menace. Despite some apparent plot holes, Star […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI I may be in the minority when I say this, but Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a tremendous disappointment. I suppose that was always going to be the case though; especially as […]

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VERY, VERY BAD | FILM ROUND UP 2015

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VERY, VERY BAD | FILM ROUND UP 2015

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE VERY, VERY BAD | FILM ROUND UP 2015 Joe Richards reminisces over the highs and lows of 2015’s cinematic releases, from Studio Ghibli to Star Wars, and Pixar to Pixels. 2015 has been a fantastic year for film. We’ve had the good, the not so good and the completely […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

If anybody says that sequels are never as good as the original, they’ve quite clearly never seen The Empire Strikes Back. I know that it’s a rare thing for a second movie to be as good as the first one, mainly because most come from a place of financial greed as opposed to creative storytelling. […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

For better or for worse, when Star Wars was released in 1977, it changed the course of film forever. Some would say it was the key turning point in the dumbing down of cinema. In the book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex – Drugs – and – Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH

George Lucas isn’t a good writer. He says it himself in an interview with Vanity Fair from 2005, leading up to the release of his final instalment in the Star Wars franchise, Revenge of the Sith. “I’m not a great writer” he told the magazine, before going on to say that “I’m trying to tell […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS | A LOOK BACK AT STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES

I vividly remember going to see Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones at the cinema. My Uncle took me and my younger brother to the Bridgend Odeon, when the screens actually seemed big, and before we went to see the film, my younger brother started crying when he saw that the forthcoming Spider-Man […]