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Review: Annie

22nd December 2014 | Films

Review: Annie

Remaking a classic family movie is always a risky move – and the movie industry has experienced its fair share of remake-flops in its time, let’s take Nicholas Cage’s remake of The Wicker Man as an example. When news broke that Sony Pictures were going to make a new ‘urban’ version of Annie our heads sunk right into our hands…

But there was no need to.

The 1982 version of Annie was a box office smash hit and resonated with audiences internationally – but, would a remake identical to the original adaptation have a similar effect? No. The 1982 film sold so well because it was relevant – there were orphans, there were poorly run orphanages, adoption was rare. In 2014 the term ‘orphan’ is obsolete, the new ‘foster homes’ are run with the government to high standards and adoption is highly likely. Our new Foster Annie (instead of Orphan Annie) is with the times, and that makes for a fresh, exciting film.

2014’s Annie doesn’t try to be 1982’s Annie – in fact, it tries to stay far away from it and makes that clear from the outset. The opening scene shows a traditional-looking, ginger-haired girl named Annie showing a presentation to the rest of her class. To that, the teacher says “Good job Annie, now Annie B it’s your turn” and our new, darker skinned, frizzy brown haired Annie stands up.

There are many changes to this film which distances it from the original. For one, Agatha Hannigan is now known as Colleen Hannigan and is played by Cameron Diaz and Oliver Warbucks is now known as William Stacks and is played by Jamie Foxx. Also, Stacks is a politician whereas Warbucks was a businessman and the character of “Rooster” (the man who comes up with…

58th BFI London Film Festival 2014: Bypass Red Carpet

13th October 2014 | Films

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…