Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Anyhoo, I have managed to have a quick gander at the odd blog and therefore have a few to mention...
Sarah wanted to watch Christopher Nolan's 'Insomnia' last night, a film I haven't seen for ages and was willing to watch. She bailed and we played FIFA 2010 for hours instead. Nevertheless, Trevor Hogg on Flickering Myth has begun an overview of Christopher Nolan's films - namely 'Following' and 'Memento'. Its a three-part-er so, do go back and forth to check out the next articles on Nolan.
The Intermittent Sprocket blog finally reveals what that strange title means ... amongst many factors, this 'sprocket' is "part of a larger machine" ... but I shall give you three guesses to what that machine is, considering it is a film blog.
And, just to add to my random-readings (aka, not film blogs), I thought I'd share with you the latest offering on a blog titled 'A Survival Guide to Young Adulthood' about a pill. THE pill. Lots of text about how she wasn't going to sleep with some guy and then does ... and then talks to a friend. Revealing, in semi-detail the embarressing situation 'Matt' found himself in ... when he couldn't get it up whilst wearing a condom. Bad luck boy-o.
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Monday, 28 June 2010
We then have the London box-office, the news and to finish, some finishing touches to the Coen brothers ‘odyssey’ as Simon discusses ‘The Ladykillers’ starring Tom Hanks.
To finish, we have trailers to discuss – namely the latest ‘Inception’ trailer introducing the characters, ‘Red’ starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich and additionally ‘The Green Hornet’ starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.
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All music is from the soundtrack to ‘The Ladykillers’ – except one track which we all know from ‘Footloose’ performed by Kenny Loggins.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
So, in the style of The Fast Show: "This week I have been mostly reading ..."
Tom Clift on 'Plus Trailers' finally puts together his Top Films of 2009 - it is always good when you revisit these lists of years gone by. The travesty of having 'The Box' making the top 10 whilst 'The Hurt Locker' doesn't is beyond me. Though some may be happy (Jo, you mothf....) that 'Watchmen' is somewhere in the list ... something I particularly think is ridiculous.
Movies and Other Things report the cast announced for M. Night Shyamalans film post-Airbender. First off, Willis was in 'The Sixth Sense' and 'Unbreakable' and, Shyamalan does make 'classic' films. 'The Sixth Sense', 'Unbreakable', 'Signs' and 'The Village' are all incredible films ... though we shall have to see if 'Lady...Water' and 'The Happening' get more popular in time. I must say, since'The Lady in the Water' was released more and more people have come round to it. Sarah tells me it is her favourite Shyamalan movie!
Fletch see's debt troubles highlighting a troubled man in debt, whilst a friend of mine who changed from her blog from originally being a Travel blog to a not-so-much-travelling-but-pregnant blog discusses the latest difficulties during pregnancy. Thought I'd throw in a random blog amongst all the film banter just in case a preggers blog-reader wants some mutual understanding.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
To finish we have a nice classic edge as Simon watches two classic movies: Billy Wilders 'The Apartment' and George Steven's 'Shane' - Simon's Dad's favourite Film of All Time. Quite incredible indeed.
We mentioned the positive criticism for Please Give and Greenberg on the untouchable Filmspotting podcast and, additionally, the lads at /Film informed us about MacGruber.
All music is from the soundtrack to Greenberg - which can be found on itunes and Amazon amongst other places. But alas, we finish with a nice World Cup song - 'Wavin' Flag'...
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
It's the story of a young Romanian girl who has entered a competition run by a juice company and won a lovely new silver car. Her parents drive her into the city where she must shoot a commercial, featuring the juice and car, to demonstrate just how happy she is.
First up, The Kid the Front Row found a fascinating video of Tom Hanks at a Sony conference - yes, he is smug but he is intelligent, witty and knows how to say 'contractual obligations'...
Second, so-o-o-o many people are doing this TV-meme thing, talking about favourite TV shows, shows that need more publicity, etc. Amongst them Rachel at Rachels Reel Reviews, Random Ramblings...Doorknob and The Movie Encyclopedia .... I wish I could do it myself but I fear I have missed the boat.
Thirdly, the LAMMY's are being announced as we speak ... for me, this is a great way to find out about Blogs I haven't heard about for whatever reason and follow them for a bit, dipping my toe in the water of their blog-ness. Award-winning blogs such as Invasion of the B-Movies, She Blogged by Night and Final Girl are some of the new blogs I am now following...
Monday, 14 June 2010
Also keep an eye on the Screen Insight blog where Jo will be writing about his experiences of a week of cinema going which could be pretty bloody interesting if you like that kind of thing.
The music this week comes from the soundtrack to 184.108.40.206. with a smattering of tracks that feature in She's Out of My League.
Hearty congratulations to Mad Hatter and his Matineecast, who won the LAMMY for best podcast and a shoutout to Frankly My Dear, a cracking new podcast from the people who bought you He Shot Cyrus and Dear Jesus.
There's a link to the Edinburgh Film Festival right here. Finally check out the teaser/pitch/trailer for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
This latest film from the generally reliable Martin Scorcese sees him moving into psychological thriller territory with his current favoured leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio. Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels visits Shutter Island, an asylum which has managed to lose a patient, although she can't have gotten far given that it's an island and is crawling with pissed off guards. As his investigation develops Daniels (DiCaprio) comes into conflict with Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), his own troubled mind and a hurricane force storm as he battles to uncover the truth about the spooky lighthouse and Ward C.
Unfortunately the pressure on my wee brain occasionally became a little too much. Sometimes the conversations became a little overblown and drawn out, it was a tad draining to listen to every detail and then try to fit it into the overall puzzle, particularly when they got repetitive or bizarre. It's a rather difficult film to write about without giving away too much, suffice to say there are dreams and all is not quite what it seems. The performance of Ben Kingsley as the head doctor at the asylum perfectly typifies the sense of mystery. His marvellous face with the baldness, goatee and sheer angular Britishness make for the classic image of a villain, frustrating Daniels investigation at every turn. Yet he is clearly a practitioner of some skill with a desire to help his patients. The brutality of his stories and intelligent analysis make him a compelling character and add to the general sharp harshness.
I have to say overall I very much enjoyed the film. It mixed elements of horror with a thrilling sense of not knowing what was going to happen next. Scorcese used a dash of social commentary by exploring different aspects of fifties paranoia such as Communism and the Hydrogen bomb but was always ready to cut to violent images. DiCaprio was fine as a conduit through which the audience could experience Shutter Island, he did fear, anger and shock very well at all the appropriate moments. When all is said and done I didn't see how it was going to end but as the final revelations began playing out I was searching back over what had happened, not entirely sure what was real and who to trust until every last question was answered.
Certainly it is a film to be watched again, to check for the details that contribute or conflict with the ending. There were a couple of moments that didn't feel like they fitted into my understanding of what had happened but they were minimal and perhaps I'll get the chance to quiz Marty on those points. Overall I must offer hearty (albeit reluctant) thanks to Simon and commend Shutter Island as one of my favourite films of 2010. And so ended Monday 7th.
6? Alright, you go ahead and pop rainbows into his asshole, but I'm just being honest."
A film in which the awkward but endearing Kirk (Jay Baruchel) comes to terms with the fact that the űber hot Molly (Alice Eve) kinda digs him. Kirk has to contend with Mollys handsome ex, his buddies conflicting advice and a series of social confusions which seem to ruin any remaining chances he might have to build a relationship with lovely Molly. In the end crippling self doubt is his biggest challenge, but then the path to true love never does run smooth.
There were plenty of potential places to visit, from the luxurious surroundings of faceless chains in the West End to independent palaces in gritty South London. The brand spanking new releases offered a couple of titles that aroused my interest and there were recommendations from buddies that needed following up on. I've found 2010 to be a generally mixed year for moviegoing. There have been too many personal disappointments like Polanksi's The Ghost and Cemetery Junction, which frankly offended my eyes. Kick Ass was exhilarating and Precious moving but with the midway point approaching I needed more inspiration and less aspiration. The dream was a mixture of feisty comedies, enthralling world cinema and dramatic thrillers. It was a dream constructed with elaborate care.
The set up wasn't all plain sailing. It was necessary to take my financial means into consideration, to be declared bankrupt because of trips to the movies would be somewhat embarrassing. Plus I was keen to check out a piece of theatre each evening, a smorgasboard of culture was the name of the game. The weather was also a potential problem, rain could lead to dampness and thus spoil my viewing pleasure while blazing sun might make me hanker for days outdoors in the greenery of Hyde Park with a good book for company. Of course it was unlikely that any screenings would sell out given the time of day but the slight awkwardness that can occur when entering a screening alone could become an issue.
And so the adventure begins. Monday 7th June. The Vue West End. She's Out of My League? Let's find out.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
This is a big bast**d to watch. I purchased this, as I do, with the full intention of watching it quickly but alas - much like the regularly mentioned David Lean collection (2 out of 10 so far...) - it spent a long time sitting on the shelf before being viewed. One thing I do appreciate about Gone with the Wind and Ben-Hur is that, halfway through they have a break - an intermission - whereby you can break the film up. Specifically, as I did with Gone with the Wind, watch one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Ben-Hur was over a weekend, two hours a day. Same process with The Lord of the Rings Extended Cuts - two hours at a time please. Thing is, I cant do that with Gandhi and it waits patiently for a three-hour gap I can give it...
All the Boys Love Scarlett O'Hara
I haven't read Margaret Mitchell's novel - and don't really intend to - so I go into this film not knowing how it will end. But it starts with Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) being fawned over by identical twins - are all men the same? - and it shows, following this, that she lives a life of wealth with all men in love with her. Inevitably perhaps, the only man who doesn't is Ashley (Leslie Howard - not Trevor Howard ... don't got them mixed up now...), an obvious gentlemen who himself is married to Mel (Olivia de Havilland). It isn't long before we meet the complete oppostie to Scarlett - a social outcast and misfit in the affluent society Scralett is so dependent on - Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). He is struck by O'Hara, makes his advances - knowing she loves Ashley - and is rebuffed. Picky Scarlett waits for Ashley who, she believes, will eventually fall for her...
On this first watch, it was incredible to see the fascinating silhouettes in place - with stunning visuals as the fire burned down and the small horse and carriage trundled across the frame. Many pictures could be reproduced to look like gainsborough. This is only brief, so all the details regarding the multiple directors attached to the project and the fascinating stories behind the scenes, I shall not explain here (maybe on a 'rerelease' of the analysis), suffice to say, these factors inevitably contributed to the production of Gone with the Wind. What is a fact, is how iconic so many shots are - and how the use of silhouette is highly influential from this cinema, alongside the epic scale of the story, equally fascinating and well handled.
A Final That Cannot Be Reproduced
The thing is with 'classic' cinema is the different types of importance they have - on the one hand you have the films that 'inluenced' others - though now, watched in retrospect, has been made 'better' ever since. Then you have other classics which simply had everything perfectly placed. It canot be remade, it cannot be recast or performed on stage - it simply is what it is with the perfect cast for the perfect story, released at the right time, etc. Gone with the Wind is in the latter - with a finale that can only be acted by Leigh and Gable delivering lines, scripted by Sidney Howard, at that time. The entire film, Rhett loves Scarlett and yet, Scarlett doesn't reciprotcate - constantly waiting for Ashley. The final scene, Scarlett - with everything she has - realises who she should love and who she should have been with all that time telling Rhett that she loves him, but alas he walks out of the door to leave - having now decided he doesn't love her anymore ...
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Apologies about the lighting in the second video ... the question is this: bad lighting and buckingham palace? or good lighting and park in front of buckingham palace? [Like Big Brother] You decide.
We do have a bunch more videos and - on the right hand-side bar, or here - you just need to click on the link to be hooked up to all the previous videos we have done!
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Our main shout out this week is Flickering Myth – a blog made up of a range of contributors, this week having covered Friday 13th series…
Briefly mentioned, links for the ‘Mamma Mia’ audition tape for Chris Klein and Ben Kingsley auditioning for Transformers 3.
Finally, the negative views on ‘The Expendables’ by Andy and John from the Hollywood Saloon and, for those interested in why Simon was destined to watch ‘Dirty Dancing’, go and ask the Mad Hatter…
The music is from the ‘Dirty Dancing’ soundtrack