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Top 20 Films of 2013

Gollancz Team: - January 13th, 2014
Film Reviews, Films

It’s officially film season and we here at Gollancz could not be more pleased. Last night’s Golden Globes saw some of the biggest films of the year being recognized, and in honour of that and our building excitement for the Oscars in March, our resident film spokesperson, Charlie, rounds up the best films of 2013 (in his humble opinion)…

Here are my top 20 films of the year, based on UK release dates:

20. Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon)

Am I … More

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Gollancz goes to the movies: Gravity review

Gollancz Team: - November 15th, 2013
Film Reviews, Films


The Gollancz team went to see Gravity and this is what they thought…


I’ve been looking forward to Gravity since I saw the very first trailer, and it didn’t disappoint.

If it’s not come to your attention as yet: Gravity is a gripping what-if story set in space. What if a shuttle was destroyed or badly damaged while the astronauts were mid-spacewalk?

It’s an absolutely astonishing film. I can only second everyone who has said ‘see it in … More

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The Trouble with Elysium

Gollancz Team: - August 28th, 2013
Den Patrick, Film Reviews, Films, Science Fiction

Review by Den Patrick

Elysium is this summer’s Sci-Fi blockbuster from Neill Blomkamp, director of the much loved District 9. Blomkamp had a significantly larger budget to play with this time, along with the star power of Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

It is the year 2154 and the world has become an overcrowded, polluted hell. Los Angeles is no more than sprawling shanty town of epic proportions. Meanwhile, the super rich live on  Elysium, a ring world in a post … More

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Star Trek into Darkness – talking points (no spoilers)

Gollancz Team: - May 15th, 2013
Film Reviews

Last week saw the release of Star Trek ‘we couldn’t come up with a decent title for this film’. I went to see it on the weekend and here’s some brief thoughts (with no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet).

- I thought it was very good. Not Avengers-good, but still highly enjoyable.

- Two good Star Trek films in a row. Surely a first?

- The interplay between the characters, especially Kirk, Spock and McCoy, is great, probably the best … More

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What We’re Watching: DREDD

Gollancz Team: - April 24th, 2013
Film Reviews, Films, Science Fiction

So I watched DREDD again last night, having seen it in the cinema originally (in 3D). I’m probably biased, as I read loads of 2000AD in my youth (and am enjoying picking up the graphic novels now, although I haven’t read the weekly comic in years and years), but I really enjoyed it. It’s impossible to catch the ethos of Dredd in one film, as there are too many possible tones to cover – biting satire, gritty violence, political spoofery, … More

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