Comments for UCL Film & TV Society The home of film at UCL Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:42:33 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on FilmSoc screens ‘Donnie Darko’ – Teen angst meets existentialism by poker Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:42:33 +0000 The population enjoyed a constantly increasing zeal to acquire and invest, yet at
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Comment on Al Pacino’s Hottest Roles by camila Thu, 17 Sep 2020 05:38:02 +0000 a perfect list… i wanna be friends with whoever wrote this. tough decision but al in and justice for all is just dreamy!

Comment on Love It or Hate It? The Ending of ‘The Florida Project’ by Teresa D Sloan Tue, 21 Apr 2020 01:57:20 +0000 In reply to Turd Ferguson.

Is there going to be a part 2? I hated the ending!

Comment on ‘Eighth Grade’ Review by Warrington J. Netherwallop Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:57:05 +0000 Good evening, fine chap. I fancy this review. I patiently wait for the sequel, Ninth grade!

Comment on ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review by DeMarcus Delacroix Thu, 02 May 2019 23:25:11 +0000 Hi so in the first half of your review you just state that the film is bad without really saying why. Then you extrapolate from one line of dialog that you found cringe worthy that the entire film is poorly written, and then you go on a rant about how the ridiculousness of the premise is not earned even though you admit earlier in the review that Marvel spent 20 films building up to this.

Let me tell you a secret: if you say good things about superhero movies, people will still respect you. You can like both Marvel and Godard, and hating one or the other with no real reason doesn’t make you cool or fetch.

I don’t know what your role is in the UCL film society but if you hope to make it as a professional critic at any point in time you really need to learn how to support your claims and not be didactic. that way, even when you espouse an unpopular opinion, at least you’ll remain credible when expressing it.

All the very best,

Comment on An Introduction to Bollywood: 15 Essential Films to Watch by Bank of Bollywood Wed, 01 May 2019 08:28:23 +0000 Thanks for sharing this post with us. Truly you share nice post.

Comment on London Film Festival: ‘Suspiria’ Review by milo garner Sat, 13 Apr 2019 19:16:40 +0000 i heard swinton has three roles not two

Comment on ‘Benjamin’ Review by APRILIA Wed, 27 Feb 2019 02:42:14 +0000 that was nice movie

Comment on Al Pacino’s Hottest Roles by Lily Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:42:53 +0000 For me, he is perfect. He is a good actor, and I also have a weakness for the Italians.

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Comment on Al Pacino’s Hottest Roles by Candice Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:35:39 +0000 Another mention of honor could be “Frank Slade”, co-star of “Essence of a woman”. In my opinion, Al looks sensational.

Comment on ‘Cold War’ Review by ColdWar Sat, 12 Jan 2019 22:41:43 +0000 The first thing to state about this beautiful movie is that it’s monochrome. So stunningly so that at times you feel you are in a photographic gallery rather than a cinema. The quality of the cinematography is quite extraordinary thanks to Lucas Zal.

Comment on An Introduction to Bollywood: 15 Essential Films to Watch by Akaash Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:13:14 +0000 Well explain.

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Comment on An Introduction to Bollywood: 15 Essential Films to Watch by Ivan Nagar Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:44:02 +0000 In reply to greath smith.

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Comment on ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review by Rosemary Anderson Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:26:32 +0000 Mama Mia here we go again. Just saw this film today.A good film more slick than the first, but for me It didn’t have the feel good factor of the first film. I was disappointed that Meryl Streep had such a small part , however, the old cast were good especially Julie Walters who is naturally funny. Lilly was very good and believable. but Cher– please what a disaster. She looked like a plastic painted doll and moved as if she was wearing incontinence pads. Whereas Meryl Streep is growing old gracefully and so is a much more beautiful woman.There was no need whatsoever for Cher to be in the film it ruined it. Also if anyone saw the first film what inconsistency in bringing Cher in.In the first film it was implied that Donna had been thrown out and also had a religious catholic upbringing and becoming pregnant whilst not married was considered a slut, Well Cher was the very antithesis of this image. It was an emotive film because of the death of Donna and at the end when her daughter saw her at the christening of her own daughter brought tears to my eyes.

Comment on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Review by J. C. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:27:40 +0000 Not many Chinese Americans or people from the large Chinese diaspora would call ourselves only by the 2nd term you cited because it implies China nationality. Many of us do not have affinity toward China due to the fact that we’re not born in China. Plus, some of our parents fled China because of the communist government. We would call ourselves Chinese – ____________ or ethnic Chinese. What’s used in the film is the correct term.

Comment on Venice Film Festival: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ Review by Daniel Webster Mon, 10 Sep 2018 23:18:59 +0000 The Other Side of the Wind’s alleged Antonioni parody is itself worthy of parody; it is both far too long, obnoxiously pretentious and punishingly unfunny.

Just imagine—Welles spent most of 1970-73 shooting the pseudo-Antonioni stuff alone! (In the end, the footage doesn’t even successfully imitate or suggest Antonioni’s style; as David Bordwell pointed out, Welles’s parody more closely resembles a 1940s trance film.) What a waste of three years! No wonder Welles had difficulty securing financing. That’s not a satire; that’s bizarre, obsessive, Mark David Chapman-like behaviour. If Welles had some things to get off his chest regarding Antonioni then he should have just paid a shrink to listen to him ramble endlessly instead.

On the other hand, Woody Allen parodied Antonioni in a segment from Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex—and he did it in less than ten minutes. Woody’s film also has the added benefit of actually being funny.

Comment on Venice Film Festival: ‘ROMA’ Review by Julieta Saling Mon, 10 Sep 2018 07:40:06 +0000 Thanks for putting this wonderful information. It is a film that encompasses so much.

Comment on Venice Film Festival: ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ Review by Wilfredo Cogar Mon, 10 Sep 2018 07:29:28 +0000 Gotta show some love to one of the biggest and fastest-growing performing film festivals.

Comment on An Introduction to Bollywood: 15 Essential Films to Watch by Ivan Nagar Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:53:38 +0000 In reply to Jowana Bueser.

Hi Jowana,

Funnily enough I wouldn’t even consider myself an Aamir Khan fan, but the fact remains that the man has been involved (in different capacities) in some of the best Hindi films since his debut in 1989. I’m glad you liked my pick Queen! Hope you check out some of the other old ones 🙂

Comment on An Introduction to Bollywood: 15 Essential Films to Watch by Jowana Bueser Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:49:12 +0000 Somebody is a fan of Aamir Khan! And thank you for including ‘Queen’. Kangana Ranaut is an incredibly talented actress.

Comment on ‘Cold War’ Review by Christopher Robin Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:52:55 +0000 Thought this movie would be a gritty war film. Boy was I mislead. I want my 16 quid back. This is a disgrace to Cold War veterans.

Comment on ‘Cold War’ Review by the real critic Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:58:35 +0000 In reply to Milo Garner.


Comment on ‘Cold War’ Review by Milo Garner Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:46:51 +0000 In reply to the real critic.

Something laboured need not be slow

Comment on ‘Cold War’ Review by the real critic Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:37:05 +0000 why does the reviewer claim at once that the conclusion to the film is ‘laboured’ and that it moves too quickly

Comment on ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review by Hugh Netherwallop Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:40:29 +0000 Hey wanker, that other guy was ME. Thanks a lot for sharting yourself and stinking up the whole bloody theater. I’ll have you know that my frequent flatulence is a medical condition and I can’t help it. I had to miss the end credits sequence because it smelled so bad. You owe me 15 quid back for my ticket. I’ll tell you what: when this film comes out on Blu-ray, I’m going to your local ASDA and buying ALL of the copies, so you can’t have one. Cheers, mate.

Comment on ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review by Paul Creenis Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:37:05 +0000 I think I liked this better than the first Infinity War. Thanos was a lot funnier in this one, although the 5 minute scene of him doing the Fortnite dance was a bit out of place. I never thought I’d see a DC and Marvel crossover film in my lifetime and yet here it is. I will admit I missed a good chunk of the movie when I went to the bathroom (I had just been to Wendy’s at the food court) so I’m not sure what happens in the second act. The bloke sitting next to me kept farting throughout so I had the last laugh by sharting myself (which is why I needed to leave the theater). I think this is amazing as Paul Rudd’s directorial debut. I saw it in 3D but forgot to pickup my glasses so it was a bit blurry to watch. 5/10 will be buying on Bluray.

Comment on ‘Incredibles 2’ Review by whatrudoinginmyswamp Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:54:53 +0000 I liked it even more than Shrek the Third. Not as good as Shrek 2, maybe a little better than Shrek. Kind of in the same league as Shrek Forever After. I was kind of surprised at the swearing, didn”t expect Jack-Jack’s first word to be the F word. I did like the surprise twist at the end where SPOILERS we find out that Jack-Jack is Syndrome’s child (hence the red hair). Overall a nice little film to fall asleep to.

Comment on Love It or Hate It? The Ending of ‘The Florida Project’ by Sensei Darrel Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:26:48 +0000 I just farted

Comment on Love It or Hate It? The Ending of ‘The Florida Project’ by Florida Resident Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:51:52 +0000 It wasn’t The California Project you idiots. Florida. FLORIDA. Do you have any clue why it was called “The Florida Project”?

Comment on Mizoguchi for Her: Woman in ‘The Life of Oharu’ by Milo Garner Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:33:31 +0000 In reply to Lisa Usher.

Right you are, the perils of trusting a quick Google search. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ve put (what hopefully is) an actual photograph of Mizoguchi in its place.

Comment on Mizoguchi for Her: Woman in ‘The Life of Oharu’ by Lisa Usher Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:43:11 +0000 The white haired man with the film camera was not Mizoguchi Kenji.
He was director Naruse Mikio.

Comment on Love It or Hate It? The Ending of ‘The Florida Project’ by Turd Ferguson Sun, 10 Jun 2018 16:19:02 +0000 Hey, bozo. It’s Disney WORLD, not Disneyland.
Did you watch the movie?

Comment on ‘Wonder Woman’ Review by danielwalldammit Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:28:50 +0000 Godot is great. I think though that I am getting tired of superhero films. The action especially is beginning to bore me. Hard to tell how to interpret violence when you don’t know what will actually hurt the main characters.

Comment on ‘It’ Review by Thomas Hetherington Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:43:34 +0000 In reply to Jerry.

As the man who gave a positive review of “The Book of Henry” on this very website I have to disagree with the idea that we don’t try to find the positive. Hell, I even wrote a whole editorial about it (

And whilst I haven’t seen “It” yet, I’m sincerely hoping and expecting that I will disagree with Milo when I do. I do however, have to refute the claim that this review isn’t coherently written, it argues a fair point.

Keep up the debate!

Loser archetype #3 (probably the geeky ginger one)

Comment on ‘It’ Review by Milo Garner Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:28:33 +0000 In reply to Jerry.

Hey Jerry, glad you got in touch.

On your first point, I apologize for any incoherence you might have encountered reading this review, and will be glad to make plainer any areas you had difficulty with if you’d care to point them out to me.

On your next, I can assure you that I did have the misfortune of enduring the film.

And on the review being negative, I confess, it is. But that’s because the film is bad. If you’d care to peruse my other reviews you’d notice that the vast majority are positive. But I must admit that by adopting a ‘hipster-mentality’, i.e. giving a bad film a bad notice, I am veering dangerously close to emulating Christopher Nolan, whose broad and mainstream appeal really defines what it means to be a hipster.

Onto your further comments:

– Documentaries are films, and a good many are a lot more fun than this one.

– I didn’t reduce him to that, the film did. I only have a cursory knowledge of the novel, but know that much of his plot didn’t make it into the film, with some of his roles in the story being transposed to other characters. In the film he spends much of his time offscreen, with some of the key themes from the original story being reduced to incredibly vague references, such as the racial theme that defines his background. Giving him the skeleton of an arc, with appropriate beats, doesn’t equate to fleshing out the character and the story, something missing from the script.

– Oh, sure, there are child-like actions thrown in the mix, don’t get me wrong, but the dialogue and delivery for the children is not at all how kids speak or interact. Hollywood inundates us with this image, but watch something like Tomboy (2011) and the difference will strike you. I’m not saying that this film should try and be totally realistic, just pointing out a trend.

– Here I disagree – this film is not trying to communicate the fear of the children and hoping its audience will be frightened at the same time, but the other way around. Consider when Georgie is first chasing the boat, and he runs into an obstacle – the loud audio cue and sudden cut are here designed to scare the audience by exploiting the tension of the scene. There’s nothing about running into a plank of wood that is attempting to communicate the psychology of terrified children. And I didn’t imply that I’m not scared of anything. Just not this, though I will say there is obviously a good level of subjectivity in what frightens someone. But despite that, it was still sloppy.

– Absolutely serious, I even mentioned the irony in saying that, and explained why. Gloss and production value are not the key to effective design, though I will reiterate that Curry’s version was far from great itself.

– Re-read that part of the review – when describing Ben and Richie I added ‘wait, switch those descriptions to change it up a little’, implying that in this film the fat guy is the smart one and glasses is funny. Glad to clear that up. And as for the germaphobe trope, it’s definitely a thing: Your last point here is true, but I wonder why you said it.

– It is unsurprising that much of the plot in the film adaptation of It originate in the novel. That in no way defends the film – I haven’t read the book, but if this film is anything to go by, I don’t think I’d be much a fan. I’m not too sure what made up reasons you’re referring to at the end of this paragraph.

And regarding the snarky wrap-up, almost every film ever made has required tons of people to work hard, but that has no inherent bearing on the quality of the finished product. And I did look for the positives, they were just mostly missing, or obscured by the more pressing issues the film had. And is it a common theme with the UCL Film & Television Society reviews? Most are very positive, including my own as mentioned above, but if you want to substantiate that it would make me feel kinda warm so please do.

Thanks for getting in touch, hope to hear back soon!

Losers’ Club HQ

Comment on ‘It’ Review by Anon Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:00:01 +0000 IT was a fun film, what a buzz killlll

Comment on ‘It’ Review by Jerry Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:55:02 +0000 Firstly, please proof read your reviews, it’s very difficult to understand what you are trying to say when so many sentences are incoherent.

Secondly, it feels like you have not even watched the film. You contradict yourself so many times and your points don’t actually match up to what happens in the film, did you just watch a youtube clip of the film?

This is so negative, I can’t help but wonder if this society cares about movies or just pretend to with the hope that one day their hipster-mentality will lead them one step closer to being like Christopher Nolan. Anyways, please find my comments to your review below:

– Please remember this is a film and not a documentary – have fun, stop crying.
– I honestly can’t believe you have reduced a character to just being the ‘black one’, when he has just as much, if not more of a character arch than any of the other kids (being the new kid in town and an outsider, his family being burnt in his home, having to kill animals for a living, not having any friends, etc.)
– I don’t know if you think this is how adult behave (spitting over cliffs, stealing plasters from pharmacies, riding bmx’s in the road, exploring the sewers, making paper boats, etc), but if you do, I am worried for you.
– Most importantly, a horror is not a horror film dependant on you finding it scary, Good for you if your not afraid of anything. The movie is about what kids are afraid of and shows horrific images that are traumatising for them and to most normal humans watching.
– Are you serious that this Pennywise looks WORSE than the Tim Curry version in the 90s? Really?
– Your description of the archetypes also don’t match any of the kids in the film. Ben wasn’t the fat funny one? The smart glasses one? Are you referring to Ritchie because that makes no sense, he was the funny one if any. Eddie was way more than just a germaphobe and since when has this been an 80s archetype? Please, just name me one film in the 80s where there is a character who is a germaphobe and nothing else. And there were two Jewish kids btw.
– I will agree with you on one thing, the story was a bit predictable but maybe thats because I read the book – you know that one you reference at the beginning? Pretty much all the plot point you complain about are from that book. Fair enough if you don’t like the story of IT but why make up reason to not like it that don’t really make any sense?

I’ll stop here because honestly I cannot even list half of the issues I had with your review. But mainly I just feel like it is such a negative approach. Tons of people work hard on a movie for you to just call it trash. You don’t even try to find the positive and when you do it is all negative. This is such a common theme with all UCLU Film Society reviews – good luck with getting into the industry. You guys are the real Losers Club.

Comment on ‘It Comes At Night’ Review by Matthew Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:48:35 +0000 Great review Thom.

Comment on PODCAST: La La Land, Lost in London and Bond Wishlists by Thomas Hetherington Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:16:31 +0000 In reply to Joana Borges.

Thanks very much for your comment Joana. I’ve only just spotted it. Please keep on listening, and we’ll be returning soon. All the Best.

Comment on PODCAST: La La Land, Lost in London and Bond Wishlists by Joana Borges Wed, 31 May 2017 02:18:02 +0000 Hey girls,
I’m from Macau China, just wanted to say I really enjoyed your podcast!!
I will keep on listening!!
I get the singing in the Rain La la land comparison and I do have a bitter sweet love for lala land because It was a bit of a slap in the face ending and that makes the difference because It show’s us that it is not all a bed of roses like all other movies makes us feel, the magic and romantic is not an easy thing to achieve, and they did a good job showing us the reality 🙂
I found you guys because I try to follow every UCL things, one of you said you have no dreams….I don’t believe you :p You just don’t know it yet!
Mine Is to go to LA to UCL…wish me luck:)
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Comment on FilmSoc 48-Hour Film Challenge – Open To All by UCLU Film & TV Society Sat, 20 May 2017 16:06:26 +0000 In reply to Sam Chapman.

Just for UCL students, yes

Comment on FilmSoc 48-Hour Film Challenge – Open To All by Sam Chapman Sat, 20 May 2017 15:45:59 +0000 Is this just for UCLU students?

Comment on Announcing Our Inaugural Alumni-Student Social by UCLU Film & TV Society Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:07:06 +0000 In reply to Mary Mullen.

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