Kayvan Novak

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  • Cuban Fury

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 16th February 2014

    I am an impressionable idiot. Take me to a martial arts movie, I'll come out Kung Fu fighting. Take me to a spy thriller, I'll be eyeing everyone with suspicion in the car park. You don't want to know what I'll do after I see Nymphomaniac. Naturally then, Nick Frost's comedy Cuban Fury - a movie set in and around the world of salsa dancing and rumba rhythms - had me swaying my hips and sashaying down the Jubilee Line all the way home, where I suggested to my wife we take dancing lessons. Me! Someone whose one and only dance move was nicknamed 'The Ali Shuffle'! Cuban Fury may not have the long shelf life of Frost's Cornetto movies, but during that all-too-brief post-movie glow, it serves as a wonderful example of feelgood comedy done right.

  • DVD weekly: mods, paramedics and alcoholics

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson, Kirsty Harrison | 12th March 2012

    In summary: it's OK for dramas and even stand-up comedians to be bleak, but it's not OK for comedies to be unfunny. Even if they would rather call themselves 'dramedies'.

  • Films on TV round-up: holy wars and HOLY SHIT, WHAT'S THAT?

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 14th November 2011

    And it's another clean sweep for Film4 this week, bagging both spots on our much-coveted but oddly-little-read list of featured films on TV for the second week running. ITV4 is going to have to rethink its 'Jaws and Dirty Harry sequels-only' policy if it wants to get out of this rut.

  • Four Lions

    Movie Review | Anna | 5th May 2010

    "Terrorist cells have the same group dynamics as stag parties and five a side football teams," states director Chris Morris. It is this dynamic that he brings to Four Lions, his debut feature film about a group of young men from a city in the North of England planning to blow themselves up. In many respects Morris' protagonists could be planning the ultimate stag night or trying to win their five a side league; they just happen to be talking about suicide and murder.