Film review: ‘EMMA’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, Emma set the template for today’s romantic comedy/dramas and even inspired teen films like Clueless. The latest cinema adaptation of Austen’s much-loved 1815 novel, starring Anna Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy, is an enjoyably spirited romp that again reveals why Emma is such an enduring story. Emma Woodhouse is introduced as ‘handsome, clever and

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Film review: PRIDE, from Built For Speed

Pride, which explores the hitherto unlikely partnership of striking coal miners and the gay rights movement in 1980’s Britain, is a highly enjoyable nineties-style feel-good British working class comedy/drama in the vein of The full Monty, Brassed Off and Billy Elliot. The film returns us to Margaret Thatcher’s Britain of the mid-80’s where economic rationalist policies were putting the squeeze

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Film review: I FRANKENSTEIN, from Built For Speed

Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein introduced the notion of the modern Prometheus and of man attempting to play God by fashioning a living being from the remnants of the dead. It explored themes such as the power and danger of science posed when combined with man’s hubris. Some scholars have also theorised that Dr. Frankenstein’s unnamed monster represents the anonymous

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