What did I see today...?

By DaveR

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Radio time again! I wasn't meant to be on the show today, because Toby (our EP) tries to shuffle the reviewers around and I was dropping out for February (with the move due it was a good idea), however due to some further re-shuffling with everyone's availability he asked me if I'd like to join in today.

Well, I wasn't going to say no, was I?

There were four films to review today and a quick interview with Ross Harrison from Watersprite, Cambridge's International Student Film Festival. So here's what happened:

The Muppets - universal love, much laughter and a general praise for everything muppetworthy in our review of this. A couple of complaints were aired - I noticed a lack of Animal madness, and we thought the humans involved at times took away from the Muppets a little. Overall though we all loved it, whether we'd caught them the first time around or not!

A Dangerous Method - reviewed by Toby and Kevin, this is David Cronenberg's latest effort, examining the relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender, who's everywhere at the moment!) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen, in his third collaboration with Cronenberg) and how their joint interest in patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) gave birth to psychoanalysis.

Chronicle - a.k.a. the three kids get superpowers and then one goes a bit General Zod that I mentioned a few Blips back. Again the general consensus was it's a good film to go and watch, in particular because it's a superhero movie where the focus is on the characters and the story is a bit different to the usual one.

The Woman in Black - a.k.a. Harry Potter grows up by growing a beard - a bit unfair but somewhat truthful. The general consensus was that it's a good movie, but that some of the scares are a bit cheap - there are a few loud noise jumps and Daniel Radcliffe isn't entirely suited to the role. However, as I mentioned on Wednesday I found it rather chilling, mostly due to the atmosphere (we did all agree it looked spectacular).

In the middle of all of them was the interview with Ross from Watersprite, he came into the studio so Toby was able to conduct the interview live and it made a change from switching over to a pre-record. The festival is made up of twelve short films whittled down from hundreds and fourteen talks and workshops with various industry folk, including the VP of HBO films and one of Channel 4's commissioning editors. The closing talk is already booked solid, which is a shame, as it's being given by David Yates - the director of the latest Harry Potter films and also cracking TV drama 'State of Play'.

All in all, a rather great show!

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