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58th BFI London Film Festival 2014: Bypass Red Carpet

13th October 2014 | BFI London Film Festival 2014

58th BFI London Film Festival 2014: Bypass Red Carpet

The W!ZARD Radio Station and W!ZARD News teams attended the Red Carpet Premier for "Bypass".


'Bypass' is the long-anticipated follow up to Duane Hopkins' 2008 debut, 'Better Things'.


'Bypass' documents the breaking point in the life of Tim ('George Mackay'), a young man too physically weedy and soft-hearted to cope with the extreme demands on his life on a council estate, with a terminally ill single mother, an absent father and brother, and a net of troubles close around him.


Starring Charlotte Spencer ('Les Miserables', 'Dark Shadows') as Lily, George Mackay as Time ('Defiance', 'How I Live Now'), Lara Peak as Helen ('Spaceship') and many more.


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Review: The Fault In Our Stars

19th June 2014 | Films

Review: The Fault In Our Stars


“One of the best film’s I have seen in recent years! And no, I didn't cry...” - 5 Stars


The Fault In Our Stars is one of those five word phrases that is enough to get you sobbing so much that you’d have to hire a lifeguard. Almost every single teenage girl has been moved by the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two young love-struck cancer sufferers, from the book written by John Green.

No, I’m certainly not a girl, but I have to admit that after jumping on the bandwagon of this ever so popular book, I too became moved by this incredible piece of literature. That’s why, understandably, the idea of it being adapted into a movie was both exciting and worrying.

With book to film adaptations’, being faithful to the tale isn’t a growing concern: both are based on a similar idea and the director has every right to be as creative as they like, even if that involves changing the story in one way or another. However, with a book that has, quite literally, touched the hearts of millions of people, it’s not a surprise that the director, Josh Boone, had a hell of a lot of pressure and high expectations on his plate. Fortunately, Boone succeeded on all levels!

The direction shone immaculately through this cinematic masterpiece, accurately capturing the tone of the characters, the context, and indeed the book. The scenes flowed perfectly, expressing the emotions in an appropriate and extremely creative manner. Whether that is through clever camera shots or text messages appearing on the screen (that sound’s quite boring but believe me it’s so cool!), The Fault In Our Stars proved that Josh Boone is a bad-ass director!

Not only…

Review: Chef

18th June 2014 | Films

Review: Chef


“Super nicely directed, the soundtrack is brilliant, and the locations are brilliantly chosen!”

Quite bizarrely, I saw Chef almost immediately after revisiting the brilliant but much darker Cheap Thrills with a pal. I happened to have a spare Chef ticket, which I offered up as part of the second most bizarre double-bill ever (the first one was when my parents saw Mrs. Doubtfire and Philadelphia one after the other), but was shot down, under the reasoning of ‘it’s gonna be a couple of guys slappin’ each others asses about a kitchen for 100 minutes’. Very true, but Chef is so much more than just kitchen-based ass-slappin’.

Written, directed and acted by the super talented Jon Favreau, the helmer of one of the greatest Christmas films ever, Elf, Chef tells the story of Carl Casper, a once adventurous and brave chef now working in the kitchen of a fancy Los Angeles restaurant owned by Dustin Hoffman. When a food critic insults both Casper’s cooking and his appearance, he quits his job and buys an old taco truck, taking his son and John Leguizamo along for the ride.

Chef feels like two separate movies, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The stuffy and city-based restaurant half is so enjoyable to watch that you almost forget that this is only the beginning of the story. Taking up a solid 40 minutes of the 114 minute running time, the equally entertaining ‘on the road’ second half almost feels like a coda, when it’s actually the main body of the story. Casper’s rant at Oliver Platt’s perfectly pitched food critic is hilarious and brilliantly written, but ever so slightly let down by the constant use of ‘modern’ words - ‘viral’, ‘trending’, ‘social media’. Whilst not as misguided as that…