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FILM REVIEW – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

By Marty Mulrooney

Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows UK Poster

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, once again directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively. The bickering detective duo must join forces once more, this time to bring down their most cunning adversary yet, the formidable Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris, Mad Men).

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FILM REVIEW – Sherlock Holmes

By Marty Mulrooney

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I haven’t read any of the original book in years (or the countless short stories), but I always remember thinking that Sherlock Holmes had never really been done justice when being translated to film. Instead, to many he had become little more than a pipe-smoking, cloak and deerstalker cap wearing detective.

So when I heard that British director Guy Ritchie was going to put his own unique spin on things, I was intrigued. Would this simply be ‘Lock, Stock’ set in the late 1800’s? Or would the iconic detective finally get the visual treatment he deserved? The answer seems to lie somewhere in-between the two…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Duncan Jones (Director Of Moon)

By Marty Mulrooney

I had the immense satisfaction earlier this year to see a film that not only instantly became one of my favourite science fiction films of all time, but one of my favourite films ever, period. Moon, the debut film of director Duncan Jones, is a small low-budget sci-fi film with a big heart.

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Director Duncan Jones and actor Sam Rockwell on set.

Boasting a phenomenal central performance from Sam Rockwell as a lonely lunar-miner, as well as voice support from Kevin Spacey as his robotic companion, it now rivals Blade Runner (at least for me personally) as an enduring cinema classic that I will rewatch again and again for many years to come.

They don’t make sci-fi films like they used to, but Moon looks set to change that. Miniature work, a focus on smart plot development, and some very deep questions about the human condition… Moon truly is a blast from the past.

Finally, I was able to speak to director Duncan Jones over the phone for a good 20 minutes on the 21st September 2009. What follows is a recording of our full conversation, as well as a transcript to make all of the little details easier to pour over and enjoy…

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