19 items from 2016
Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017
Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.
Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into »
Sean Wilson Dec 20, 2016
As a franchise, Star Wars is inseparable from its music. Back in 1977, John Williams ushered in a resurgence of the Golden Age score with his Oscar-winning, thunderously heroic work on A New Hope, and his legacy is being continued with Michael Giacchino's score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In honour of the new movie, and as a celebration of some truly astonishing film music, here are the most unforgettable score moments from the Star Wars saga.
25. Rey uses the Force: The Force Awakens
Gary Collinson looks at some Original Trilogy characters we could see in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…
In a week’s time, director Gareth Edwards will take us back to the galaxy far, far away with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the hotly-anticipated first Anthology movie from Disney and Lucasfilm. And we’ll be in a very familiar timeline too, with the movie detailing the Rebels’ efforts to steal the plans to the original Death Star, which ultimately allows Luke Skywalker to destroy the dreaded battle station in the original Star Wars, a.k.a. A New Hope.
Given its setting, Rogue One provides the perfect opportunity for Lucasfilm to revisit some of its most iconic characters, including of course the legendary villain Darth Vader, who will hopefully have more to do this time than standing on a bridge with his arms folded and screaming “Noooo! »
- Gary Collinson
It is the little-stated, undeniable truth that critics are surrounded by a nearly countless number of factors when experiencing the work they’ve been assigned to review. Presentation is rarely treated as a basic on the level of form, theme, or auteurist interest, and most mentions will come only if something had gone terribly wrong. This issue sometimes being rather important, I feel compelled to say James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is a rather forceful thing when projected on 35mm, as befits the writer-director’s wishes and with which the New York Film Festival, premiering this picture as the closing title of their 54th year, complied. I can and will compliment the movie for a number of reasons not necessarily pertaining to what material it was printed on and what machine it came out of, so let it be stated upfront that this is most likely the best (only? »
- Nick Newman
Ryan Lambie Sep 20, 2016
He’s the shadowy villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but is there more to Snoke? Ryan looks at some of the fan theories...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and copious speculation about Episode VIII and beyond.
Both physically and metaphorically, Supreme Leader Snoke loomed large over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His gravelly voice - as provided by Andy Serkis - was the first thing we heard in the sequel's teaser trailer ("There has been an awakening. Have you felt it...?"). In the movie itself, Snoke was the shadowy puppet master, the overlord of the First Order who seduced Kylo Ren to the Dark Side. Appearing as a hologram (and performed by Andy Serkis), Snoke towered over everyone else in the movie, a pale-skinned, seemingly ancient spectre who barely moved from his throne.
Among the mysteries opened up by The Force Awakens, »
James Hunt Sep 9, 2016
This review contains spoilers.
The episode opens around Tagus III, where the Enterprise is preparing to hold an archaeology symposium with Picard as the keynote speaker. Archaeology nerd is one of Picard’s lesser-mined character traits, so it’s always fun to see it come up. All is going fine until Picard returns to his quarters to discover he’s got an unexpected visitor. He’s just about to pick up his phone and fire his Klingon security guard when he realises it’s Vash, his one-time love interest from the episode Captain’s Holiday. Cue much kissing.
But not too much! As the credits end, Picard has stopped serving her some T and started serving her some tea, when who should interrupt but Dr. »
We’ll kick things off this week with a load of new images from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. First up is the subscriber cover for Empire which features Alan Tudyk’s K-2So [see it here] as well as whole host of images from inside the magazine [see those here and here]. Lucasfilm posted an episode of The Star Wars Show, which unveiled the Imperial astromech droid C2-B5 [see him here], and we got a better look at Darth Vader from the playing card series [see that here]…
…Darth Vader was also seen in the Pop! Vinyl series alongside Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, K-2So, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus, Saw Gerrera, Director Orson Krennic, a Scarif Stormtrooper, an Imperial Death Trooper and C2-B »
- Luke Owen
We’ve seen a tonne of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story merchandise this week as Disney and Lucasfilm unveil their wares ahead of Force Friday on September 30th, and now we’ve got three new stills from the Gareth Edwards-directed Anthology movie featuring Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Director Krennic (Ben Mendohlson) and the Imperial Death Troopers; check them out here via Dark Horizons…
See Also: New look at Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in »
- Gary Collinson
Mere hours after we brought you the news that Imperial astromech droid C2-B5 – otherwise referred to as evil R2-D2 – would be rolling onto the scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it now appears Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Anthology flick has no room for one Emperor Palpatine.
Word comes by way of ComicBook.com, relaying an interview from the recent Amsterdam Comic-Con that featured Ian McDiarmid confirming that the galactic menace formerly known as Darth Sidious will remain firmly on the sidelines when Rogue One checks into theaters come December.
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If there was any lingering speculation pertaining to the potential involvement of Palpatine, McDiarmid has now cooled rumors, stating, “I don’t feature in that myself, but I understand that Darth Vader may be making an appearance.” It should be noted that just because McDiarmid isn’t actively involved himself doesn’t rule »
- Michael Briers
In the original Star Wars, the leader of the fascist Empire is little more than a shadowy background figure, the faceless power behind Darth Vader’s monolithic malevolence. Even in The Empire Strikes Back, he’s barely seen, not truly taking the stage until Ian McDiarmid was cast in the role for Return Of The Jedi. Now, after three prequel films about Emperor Palpatine’s rise to galactic power—and a highly successful sequel in which he’s already gone to that big Death Star power pit in the sky—it looks like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be following in the original film’s footsteps, at least vis a vis the visibility of its primary villains.
Speaking at Amsterdam’s Comic Con last weekend, McDiarmid confirmed that he won’t be taking part in the film, which takes place before Episode IV, and centers on a desperate »
- William Hughes
Star Wars is a franchise that loves its hooded and robed villains, and there's no doubt that Emperor Palpatine is the worst of the bunch. Many fans speculated that we might see the Emperor again in the upcoming prequel to the original trilogy, Rogue One, and there were several bits of evidence to back this up - including the recently confirmed presence of Darth Vader, and shots of a mysterious black-robed figure entering a room with the Imperial Royal Guard in the trailers. Unfortunately, it looks like those theories have been dashed, as the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid, has confirmed he won't be appearing as the Sith Lord in the film. "I don’t feature in that myself, but I understand that Darth Vader may be making an appearance,” the actor stated during an interview at Amsterdam Comic-Con. While this doesn't rule out an appearance from Palpatine altogether, it's probably »
Lucasfilm has posted the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, which unveils a new character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the Imperial astromech droid C2-B5; check out an official promo image here, followed by the full Star Wars Show episode below…
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set »
- Gary Collinson
Something that my comrades on the Los Fanboys Podcast and I have lamented about, with regard to the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is how familiar the the story being told feels. While it has an intriguing new point of view, focusing on a band of non-Jedi rebel fighters, and is more of a war movie, there's lots of stuff in there that's very well-trodden. From a plot that focuses on the Death Star, to appearances by Darth Vader, Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and perhaps another familiar face or two, there's definitely a sense of "been there done that" that's a little unfortunate for a film that was originally sold to us as a "standalone" movie.
So what about the Emperor? Will Palpatine factor into Rogue One, since it takes place when he is at the height of his powers after Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith? »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The beloved Star Wars saga finally continued last year with the epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set 32 years after the 1983 classic Return of the Jedi. This year, Disney and LucasFilm will debut the first of three planned Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving in theaters December 16. This story will be set between the final prequel Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and the story that started it all, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, although it seems an important character from that era of the Star Wars timeline may not be featured in this movie.
After appearing in five of the first six Star Wars movies, Ian McDiarmid's Emperor Palpatine was not featured in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We learned in a recent trailer for Rogue One that The Emperor's iconic apprentice, Darth Vader, will have some sort of a presence, »
From the moment the Emperor’s Royal Guard were spotted in the teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there’s been a tonne of speculation about whether we’ll see an appearance from Palpatine – and now thanks to actor Ian McDiarmid, it seems we have our answer.
“Rogue One’s on its way, [and it’s set] when I was in charge of things – I mean the Emperor, not me,” said McDiarmid at the Amsterdam Comic Con (via Star Wars News Net). “I am not featured in [the movie] myself, but I understand that Darth Vader may be making an appearance.”
So, there you have it… The Emperor won’t be in Rogue One – and we now officially have no idea why those Royal Guards are there. Unless of course this is misdirection on McDiarmid’s part, or – god forbid – Lucasfilm has decided to recast the role.
Will you be disappointed if Palpatine is absent from Rogue One? »
- Gary Collinson
As with any actor whose work I love, there are films that stand out as particularly great in the career of Steve Martin, and one of those films is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. There are many great things about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Michael Caine is a perfect foil for Martin, whose work as nascent con man Freddy Benson is inspired. Frank Oz does a terrific job of creating this romantic, beautiful French fantasyland where people are going to believe the incredible lies told by Freddy and Caine’s master bullshit artist Lawrence Jamieson. Glenne Headly gives one of her most nimble performances as Janet Colgate, the poor defenseless tourist who ends up targeted by Freddy and Lawrence. Ian McDiarmid, best known to the fanboy nation as Emperor Palpatine, is dry and deadly as Arthur, Lawrence’s manservant. Miles Goodman’s score is terrific, one of the great comedy scores of the ‘80s, »
- Drew McWeeny
Emperor Palpatine, Aka Darth Sidious, Aka the Chancellor, Aka that bloke with the lightning coming from his hands who enjoys yelling 'unlimited power'...
There are many different names for Ian McDiarmid's Star Wars character, but one thing you wouldn't call him is a sympathetic figure. He's the personification of pure evil in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away.
The news comes from game director Cory Barlog. Best known for his work on the God Of War videogame franchise, Mr Barlog was interviewed by VentureBeat recently and let slip some surprising details about Star Wars: Underworld. »
The Lost City of Z, a long-anticipated adaptation of the New York Times bestseller by David Grann, will finally land on the festival circuit this year, potentially at Cannes but more likely later in the fall, and thanks to a three-minute sales reel, audiences can now soak up a fairly stunning first look at the Amazonian adventure.
James Gray, the visually decadent director of The Immigrant, is behind the camera for the pic, which finds Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) taking on the plum role of Percy Fawcett, a “conscripted soldier and born explorer who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.”
Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland all co-star in the award-tipped movie, which boasts some jaw-dropping cinematography by the acclaimed Darius Khondji. Pattinson is playing Fawcett’s partner in exploration, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gem Wheeler Jan 10, 2017
To mark 30 years of Inspector Morse on television, here are 10 of his most complex, macabre and memorable cases...
Warning: contains spoilers.
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Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only two years ago after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just started to air its fourth run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.
19 items from 2016
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