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  1. Magical nanny a dazzling delight

    Posted Apr 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lau Kit-wai Nanny McPhee is a movie with dazzling special effects and a valuable message. It deserves a special place in every child's heart. The touching film opens with a shot ... is a magic wand which, in one hilarious scene, is used to glue the children to their beds after they pretend to be sick. But magic is not the focus of the film, despite its delightful special ...

  2. FROM THE VAULT: 1956

    Posted Mar 26th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Walbrook

    ... for the British film industry. Powell & Pressburger had run out of steam and the Ealing comedies were drawing to an unspectacular close. The time was ripe for Free Cinema. The term was coined ... the programme's main feature, which followed two deaf mutes around the docklands of east London. Five more programmes followed over the next three years, three featuring foreign films and two British ...

  3. Nanny McPhee

    Posted Apr 13th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... their home. (As the film begins, an elaborate prank has the most recent victim running out of the house screaming, 'They've eaten the baby!') When it appears that no one else is willing ... threatens to cut off all support for the family unless the father remarries- that a delectable sparkle enters the film. With her severe prosthetic nose, Cruella De Vil costume, and over-pinched ...

  4. FYI: What's so great about the Great Train Robbery?

    Posted Apr 16th 2006, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... Mark Footer FYI: What's so great about the Great Train Robbery? Forty-two years ago today, a British court handed down lengthy prison sentences to men involved in what had already ... stealing a then-British-record sum of #2.6 million. That's #40 million ($544 million) in today's money. By comparison, Hong Kong's biggest robbery is the 1991 taking of a security ...

  5. Prole roles

    Posted Mar 12th 2006, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... and then the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Cast as the lead in Ken Loach's Riff-Raff (1990), Carlyle has been a regular of the director's grittily realist films ever since. Shirley ... British productions. Born into a rural family, Henderson started her career touring local working men's clubs singing from a repertoire of Abba and the Carpenters. After a stint studying ...

  6. Hell on wheels

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Jason Gagliardi

    ... trespasses.' Closer to home, Wong Ching-po goes for a Blues Brothers-style car chase in Ah Sou (2005), with a 20-minute, slow-motion pile- up that brings a kind of heavy-metal poetry to a film ... is Mad Max, the 1979 film that made Mel Gibson a star and delivered a strikingly original post-apocalyptic, hell-on-wheels vision, made on a relatively shoestring budget yet featuring gripping ...

  7. FROM THE VAULT: 1955

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Walbrook

    ... Peter Walbrook The Complete Mr Arkadin Starring: Robert Arden, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff Director: Orson Welles The film: Of the many films over which Orson Welles lost directorial control- The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai and Touch of Evil among them- the loss of none, it's said, troubled him more than Mr Arkadin. Filmed in Europe after Welles' ...

  8. Politics takes front seat as directors break down barriers in Berlin

    Posted Feb 26th 2006, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... This film about the prison camp hit hard. Co-directed by Mat Whitecross, it's a dramatisation of the story of three young British Muslims who were imprisoned, beaten, and tortured in the camp. ... be applied to film festivals these days. Some movies are unabashed frivolous enter-tainment, while others purport to tell audiences something serious about the state of the world. The latter ...

  9. Cut for a killing

    Posted Mar 12th 2006, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... Besson's Leon: The Professional. Since then, she's appeared in the Star Wars prequels, as well as a number of smaller, more artistically inclined films such as Closer. V For Vendetta is an unusual marriage of the two forms: a big-budget action film that raises pertinent political issues. Based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, V is set in a contemporary Britain ruled ...

  10. Hot Picks

    Posted Aug 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lau Shuk Kuen, 15, Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School cd Black Eyed Peas- Monkey Business. Their music is cool and upbeat, and keeps you dancing. dvd Pride and Prejudice. Keira Knightley's performance in this classic is excellent. movie X-Men ...




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