Preview: Head HOME for film this spring…

So we’re all about 50 stone heavier having thrown ourselves while-heartedly into the apparent food festival that is Easter. A blur of hot cross buns, simnel cake and chocolate, we’re tired and all need something a little more…stationary. A little less feeding frenzy, a little more ‘feet up (oi metaphorically, not on the seats), lightsContinue reading “Preview: Head HOME for film this spring…”

Review: Balloon Animal at Manchester Film Festival

As a child I used to marvel at the concept and sheer artistry of those who could transform balloon into beast (ridiculous but alliteration, I can’t not). Even more so when I tried to do it myself not realising that a special type of balloon can only be used, and concluding that only those touchedContinue reading “Review: Balloon Animal at Manchester Film Festival”

Review: Spaghetti Junction at Manchester Film Festival

There’s a rich history of films centred around the ‘stranger visits town’ trope. Sometimes that trope is literal; a mainstay for many a Western. Sometimes, that stranger is coming from somewhat further afield, swapping out a small town for Earth itself. Starman, Superman, E.T. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – the list is prettyContinue reading “Review: Spaghetti Junction at Manchester Film Festival”

Manchester Film Festival 2022

This week was monumental. After what felt like a long, long dark winter, the sun set AFTER 6pm. Today is also monumental as Manchester Film Festival 2022 throws open its literal and metaphorical doors to us Mancs, honorary and actual, and all those visiting our fine city. From 12 – 20 March, over 130 filmsContinue reading “Manchester Film Festival 2022”

Film review: Caravaggio, part of the Derek Jarman retrospective, Jarman at HOME

Before we start, HOME is one of my favourite spaces in Manchester. I just wanted to say that. I haven’t professed any feelings for the place itself in quite a while, given the frequency I visit. I don’t take it for granted, especially given the recent enforced absence (I’m over using the C word). SoContinue reading “Film review: Caravaggio, part of the Derek Jarman retrospective, Jarman at HOME”

New Mcr filmmaker podcast debuts from Serious Feather

https://vimeo.com/507293322 You may remember back in December I told you about the Manchester film company Serious Feather and their debut feature, Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve To Exist… https://honorarymancblog.com/2020/11/20/mcr-film-company-serious-feather-teases-debut-feature/ The low budget, experimental film is about a man, who, following the death of his best friend, begins to experience psychotic episodes as heContinue reading “New Mcr filmmaker podcast debuts from Serious Feather”

Mcr film company, Serious Feather, teases debut feature

I was going to put the title of the film in the title of this blog post. But this would have led to the piece being a little top heavy and in danger of being all title and no content. Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist is quite frankly an excellent nameContinue reading “Mcr film company, Serious Feather, teases debut feature”

FilmFear festival returns to Manchester – tickets now on sale

It’s back. FilmFear returns to HOME this Hallowe’en and this year, slightly beyond, with an extended programme of chills, thrills and downright blood spills. Running from Wednesday 28 October to Thursday 5 November, Film4 and HOME have co-curated a line-up (coined Scream Now, Think Later) of modern genre classics that sink their teeth into politics,Continue reading “FilmFear festival returns to Manchester – tickets now on sale”

Film Review: Tenet

This was my first visit to the cinema in months and since lockdown. As it was a sole visit in a reviewing capacity, it mattered not that I was socially distanced. Other measures taken were a groovy one way system and hand sanitiser stations. Elbows flailing to their hearts content, I settled down (extra pointsContinue reading “Film Review: Tenet”

Review: Back to the Future – The Musical

I can remember the first time I heard those ticking clocks. It was a friend’s birthday party at her house and we all sat round as the video was put on. The excitement was real as those clocks ticked and the camera panned across the Doc’s home and workshop in a garage in the fictionalContinue reading “Review: Back to the Future – The Musical”

Film Preview: Military Wives

I will be honest, and I don’t mean this to be offensive to any film that is based on a true story about real people, with real life events and feelings, but I generally, and admittedly cynically, run a mile from anything that has a whiff of ‘feel-good’. But I’ll happily (yes i can doContinue reading “Film Preview: Military Wives”

Film Review: Greed

As a child i was terrified of the poem, The Lion and Albert, by Marriott Edgar. Set at a ‘famous seaside place called Blackpool’, it was all literally a bit close to home for me (growing up in a small village about 3 miles out….) It still haunts me. Anyway, I’ll just leave that hereContinue reading “Film Review: Greed”

Film Review: Queen & Slim

Queen and Slim is Crash, meets Bonnie and Clyde, meets True Romance. But most of all it’s Queen & Slim. Read my view of Queen & Slim on my sister blog What the Projectionist Saw – https://whattheprojectionistsaw.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/review-queen-and-slim/ Copyright: Universal Pictures Opening in cinemas across Greater Manchester from 31 January 2020 including https://www.myvue.com/film/queen-and-slim Home MCR https://www.everymancinema.com/film-info/queen-slim

Pics: Rehearsals in full flow for Back to the Future The Musical

If you haven’t yet heard that Back to the Future The Musical (no less) is coming to Manchester’s Opera House on 20 February 2020, great Scott, you’d better make like a leaf and get outta here! Yes, I did that homage and I’m very proud of my little self… Starring Olly Dobson as Marty McFlyContinue reading “Pics: Rehearsals in full flow for Back to the Future The Musical”

Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dickens, eh? Have you ever noticed the sheer amount of old English pubs which boast the accolade that Charles Dickens once drank there? It’s a wonder he got anything done. Well done he did and one of the things wot he done was David Copperfield. And now Armando Iannucci did done it too. Read myContinue reading “Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield”