25th Mar2013

First Time Watch #5: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

by Ian Loring

One of the fun things about loving a particular medium is the aspect of things being recommended, and this is something which has really grown in prominence for me with the growth of social media and podcasts. Having so much immediate access to the thoughts and opinions of others you specifically choose to listen to, whether they align with […]

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19th Mar2013

First Time Fest: ‘Jack Goes Boating’ Interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Ryan

by Catherina Gioino

At the First Time Fest, there was a “First Exposure” series in which well known and accomplished directors would get their first directed films shown and have the chance to speak about the process. Some of these well known actors include Wes Anderson, Barbara Kopple, John Huston, Darren Aronofsky, Nancy Savoca, Michael Van Peebles, Hal […]

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16th Mar2013

First Time Fest – Supporting New Filmmakers and Honouring Esteemed Directors

by Catherina Gioino

The First Time Fest was created by Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward as a way to showcase new upcoming filmmakers and their works, and to get them a head start in their industry. The festival occurred on March 1st to 4th at The Players Club in New York, which was a club started by some well-known writers […]

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09th Mar2013

An introduction to… First Time Fest 2012

by Catherina Gioino

March 1st to 4th marked the first ever First Time Fest at The Player’s Club in New York City. The festival is a celebration of the films from first time filmmakers, which also features a competition in which 12 aspiring filmmakers get to debut their first film. These 12 filmmakers have competed for their chance to receive […]

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06th Mar2013

First Time Watch #4: The Devil Rides Out

by Ian Loring

Hammer are synomonus with classic takes on movie monsters with films such as Dracula: Prince of Darkness and The Curse of Frankenstein picking up the Universal Monsters baton and adding a bit of spice to proceedings making rather more gaudy but often no less effective experiences. However, just as the Universal crew took in many […]

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13th Feb2013

First Time Watch #3: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

by Ian Loring

The Western is a genre which is somewhat unique in the way it can be both serious and fun, often at the same time. While some works are defiantly one or the other, The Searchers is a film for which “fun” is essentially absent for instance, they are wish-fulfillment films which also get a sense of the profound. Looking at […]

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24th Jan2013

First Time Watch #2: Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom

by Ian Loring

Do you have those moments when you’re watching a film you swear blind you’d seen before but then realised that you didn’t? This happens very occasionally with me, but this was a big one. Chilled monkey brains, hearts being ripped out, a constantly screaming heroine, these were all moments I knew but upon watching Indiana […]

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09th Jan2013

First Time Watch #1 – Strangers On A Train

by Ian Loring

Being a film geek is a damn difficult job but many of us take it on willingly. It’s not an easy life though, with so many films out there to discover, it’s a minefield as to what exactly to focus on. The purpose of this new series of articles is really rather selfish, indulging in First Time Watches of […]

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