Monday, 30 April 2012
So Sundance made his first forey outside the US this year, and took residence at the O2 in Greenwich, London for four days. In true British fashion, we welcomed it with some of the worst weather we have seen in a very long time. No wonder our own independent film festival is called Raindance. To be perfectly honest, the announcement of the line-up originally failed to excited the crowd of movie-goers. lacking perhaps a few high profile arthouse names that we might be accustomed to with other festivals. But then this is what Sundance is all about, the discovery of new talents, so we all had to take a leap of faith. And judging by the near sold out screening I have attended, and the quality of films seen, the festival seems to have been a success. There was also something rather exciting about seeing several small, independent films in the biggest screen in London.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (the American remake by David Fincher) came out at the end of last year as a potent antidote to the forced cheerfulness of the festive period, and while I never found the time to write a review, I enjoyed it immensely, in fact it got very close to making it to my top ten of best films of 2011. So to celebrate the release of the DVD and Blu Ray, a great event was organised by Sony at the new wing of the Film Museum in Covent Garden in London last week, a very imaginative exhibition based on the film which I was lucky enough to attend. We drank, we laughed, we looked at huge silver dildos and mannequins being strangled, and left with a glittery "temporary" dragon tattoo.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Anybody who is familiar with the LGB cinema could be forgiven for feeling a certain sense of familiarity when reading the synopsis of The Last Summer Of La Boyita. Indeed, if you ever flick through the pages of any LGB film festival programme, you can be guaranteed that half the films will be coming of age stories, dealing with the confusion of newly found feelings of love.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
It is hard to believe it but it was only four years ago that we were given a hint that the Avengers were on their way to assembling, in the post credits scene in the first Iron Man. Since then, Marvel has managed to establish Iron Man as a successful franchise, as well as launching two more characters from the Marvel universe within a very short period of time. Yet it was still a risky enterprise to start production on the Avengers without knowing if the public were going to favour Thor then Captain America which opened within a few months of each other last year, a big gamble if there ever was one.
Sunday, 22 April 2012
The Cannes film festival this year will be of particular significance to me as this will be my first visit since 1998! Ironically this is also going to be the first visit of Thomas "Festen" Vinterberg since 1998 and I could have done without him coming back. But I digress. The line-up was announced a few days ago and I have obviously taken an even closer interest than usual. But before going into the details of the films that will be there, let's have a look at those films that were rumoured to be in but did not make the line-up.
Friday, 20 April 2012
So I am very late with the Human Centipede party, as I have only just now plucked the courage to watch the first one, when many of you are trying to recover from its much worse sequel. I would have loved to watch this with the most amazing audience in the world in Frightfest but life has decided that I would be watching this by myself like a saddo on a Friday night. Ah well! Join me for this constantly updated live vomit-along!
Monday, 16 April 2012
France and the UK are the two countries that seem the most enamoured with their period dramas, but for very different reasons. In Britain, it is the sign of a barely concealed fascination for the aristocracy and those with privilege and money, and the recent collective orgasm for Downton Abbey certainly proves my point. No such thing in France where the aristocrats got given the "chop" a few centuries ago and republican values are still held strong. The French, which are a lot more conservative that you might believe, see their period drama as a refuge against modernism and globalisation, and the celebration of a certain cultural classicism. So here comes the little known and somehow fictionalised nstory of Mozart's sister in this new film aptly named Mozart's Sister.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
If there is one thing I love about cinema, it is diversity. I enjoy film festivals immensely in that respect, giving you the option to watch three or even four very different films back to back. I took this one step further when I did the most unusual double bill today, seeing Battleship and In My Room Berlin, two wildly different films in very different venues. The former is Hollywood latest blockbuster, with a budget of over $200 millions, seen in a multiplex. The latter is a no budget experimental film from an emerging voice within queer cinema, seen in a retro and trendy hotel.
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Ah, cinema in the 90's! A more innocent time. Want to make a superhero film? Have the budget of a Matlock episode? No problem! I present to you Captain America! Just as the Avengers are about to assemble in the UK later this month (or next month if you live in the US), the pinnacle in a long line of box office successes enjoyed by Marvel studios over the last decade or so, it might be worth remembering that cinema has not always been kind with the comics powerhouse. And it is none so apparent in an earlier Captain America adaptation in the early 90's.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
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Monday, 2 April 2012
Some of you might remember the terrible 90's horror Warlock: Armageddon, sequel to the abysmal Warlock, in which Julian Sands plays a Warlock, hellbent on unleashing the Armageddon. (You cannot accuse the title of false advertising!). You probably all know the rather fantastic, witty and talented rapper Nicki Minaj. Yet the universe of Warlock: Armageddon and Nicki Minaj have collided in the most unexpected and frightening way today!