16 items from 2017
November over at The Criterion Collection may look a smidge slim, offering up just four new titles, but each new addition to the collection is a seminal selection well-deserving of the Criterion treatment. Of most interest, however, is Donna Deitch’s feature debut “Desert Hearts,” a seminal lesbian drama that’s been going through something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to last year’s 30th anniversary and a continued adoration for its forward-thinking subject matter.
As we recently explored, in the early ’80s, Deitch was a film school grad with only docs under her belt, eager to make a different kind of feature about lesbians in love, and “without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become »
- Kate Erbland
For the 45th edition of the famous Pirelli Calendar, an all-black cast have united for an extraordinary spin on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland”. RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Lupita Nyong’o, Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell and many more feature in the 2018 calendar. Related: John Boyega Addresses Hollywood’s Lack Of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People On ‘Game Of Thrones” For […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched “Part 9,” the July 9 episode of “Twin Peaks: The Return.”
To get metatextual for a minute, possibly the most quintessential phrase of modern television writing is in the above sentence: “spoiler alert,” that phrase which warns an interested reader that they might not want to know what lies ahead. It’s a helpful warning, of course, because surprise is such a potent emotion, and especially unique to a serialized medium like television, where you could be just one week behind a beloved story. But the phrase is perversely irritating, too: The implication is that all that matters about a piece of writing is whether or not it engages with plot details — and that merely stating the basics of plot is enough to ruin it, when so much of storytelling is not about what’s being concluded but how it’s being concluded.
- Sonia Saraiya
Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Scott Goodyer6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am
It's no secret that we at Cineplex adore movies. But there are plenty of other reasons to visit our theatres - every month we bring special features and old classics to the big screen as part of Cineplex Events programming. Check out some highlights from our July Events list below.
From London's West End, Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.
In a small tight-knit community in Salem, Massachusetts, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, »
- Scott Goodyer
Ricky Church reviews Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III…
Writer Greg Rucka and artists J.H. Williams III and Jock’s legendary run of Batwoman adventures from Detective Comics #854-863 are collected in a single title for the first time! In these stories, Kate Kane takes on the Religion of Crime and struggles to save Gotham City from the surreal villainy of Alice. Plus, learn the origin of Batwoman!
Since her introduction to the DC universe, Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, has become a fan-favourite character and a great addition to the already great Bat-family. With Batwoman a few issues into her new series in the DC Rebirth era, now is a perfect time to revisit her past in Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, the complete collection of their take on the character.
The book collects the issues previously seen in the Batwoman: Elegy collection, though also contains the never-before-collected ‘Cutter’ storyline that artist Jock illustrated. While some may complain at having to double-dip, its only a small issue since you’re not only getting all of Rucka’s Batwoman run, but Williams’ gorgeous art is worth the price of double-dipping.
The main story sees Batwoman having to confront a cult lead by a woman named Alice, who has stylized herself on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This cult nearly killed Batwoman before, in an event that is quickly recapped, making this personal for her. Along her mission to stop them though she has to deal with the trauma of her past and discovers a life-changing secret about her family.
It’s a very well written story and readers can get behind Batwoman’s character very easily. Rucka makes her likeable, charismatic and fairly relatable. Despite the superheroics and presence of werewolves and a few other monsters, ‘Elegy’ is an interesting character piece about the choices one makes and the need to serve. Kate’s struggles as a lesbian are also well done, making you really feel the impact of how much her identity means to her.
As said, Williams’ art is gorgeous. From the way he lays out the pages to his sketches, Batwoman seriously looks great. There’s some very neat artwork here that is accentuated by Dave Stewart’s colours. What is really interesting to see is the differences in art when Kate is in ‘civilian’ mode and when she’s Batwoman. Everything is a little darker and more stylized when she’s Batwoman, but the colours are brighter and layouts simpler when she’s Kate Kane.
All of the art is incredibly detailed though, from Batwoman and Alice’s looks to her moves. There’s just as much action between the panels as there is in, allowing the readers to fill in the gaps on their own. ‘Elegy’ is a pretty immersive story.
The second storyline in the book, ‘Cutter’, sees Batwoman on the hunt for a serial killer. Artist Jock is on art duties for this story and his style is fairly different from Williams, but no less good. ‘Cutter’ is a story that is much less fantastical than ‘Elegy’; there are no crazy cults or were-beasts, just a murder investigation with a serial killer. Jock does an excellent job depicting the grittiness of the story. His character models and movements are very fluid and sell the real-world aspect of the story. Rucka also continues the emotional fallout of ‘Elegy’ and progresses Batwoman’s character as she deals with it and tries to save a young woman from experiencing the same type of ordeals she went through.
Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III also contains a collection of variant covers, Williams’ early and uncoloured sketches and some script pages from Rucka. Those concerned about double-dipping shouldn’t be with the extra content and finally being able to have ‘Cutter’ in their collection.
Rucka’s overall run on Batwoman is a great story and examination of a new character. Reading this again, its no wonder why Batwoman became such a fan-favourite and powerful character. Combined with Williams and Jock’s art, this is definitely a book Batman and Batwoman fans should pick up.
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- Ricky Church
Louisa Mellor Jun 9, 2017
Poldark returns for series three this Sunday. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s what you’ve been missing…
Warning: contains spoilers for Poldark series one and two.
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Welcome to eighteenth century Cornwall, land of sumptuous landscapes, confusing personal pronouns and Captain Ross Poldark. The bearer of an ancient name and a tousled mane, Poldark’s the hero around this way. (Well, he is until series two episode seven, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves).
Known variously as Ross, Mr Ross, Mr Ross Sir, Cap’n Poldark, ‘that classless ruffian bringing shame upon his family name’ or ‘ee with t’alluring scar who can blast us tin-mine any time ee choose’, depending on who’s addressing him, Poldark is cut from typical Byronic cloth. He’s a gentleman rebel given to fits of »
When you’re speaking to Roger Waters, there is no such thing as small talk. The mind responsible for some of the most ambitious productions in pop music history is constantly crackling with activity. Even seemingly innocuous questions, sure to elicit canned responses perfected over half a century of interviews, yield eloquent run-on sentences that jolt forward like a runaway train. The destination is often impossible to predict but, like his lyrics, the words are caustic, hilarious, cynical, hopeful and warm.
The gargantuan critical and commercial success of his ’70s output with Pink Floyd has an unfortunate tendency to eclipse »
- Jordan Runtagh
Imagine finding one of van Gogh’s early sketches for “Starry Night,” or a rough draft of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For anyone who loves music, the mammoth 50th anniversary reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is just as good—if not better. The expanded package includes nearly two hours worth of outtakes from the groundbreaking 1967 sessions, offering not only an alternate-universe look at some of the most beloved tracks in the rock canon, but also a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of four young artists at the height of their power.
Stripped down, occasionally rough and always electrifying, »
- Jordan Runtagh
Exclusive: Film revolves around Muslim cleric whose life is overturned by the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawaris’s film and high-end TV production company iProductions has boarded Amr Salama’s drama Sheikh Jackson about a strict Muslim cleric obsessed with the late musical superstar Michael Jackson.
The move marks a first direct collaboration between iProductons and Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy at Cairo-based Film Clinic, whose recent credits include Clash, which premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard last year, and the offbeat comedy Ali, The Goat And Ibrahim.
“It’s an interesting development in that it lays the foundation for a longer-term relationship between the two companies,” said Hefzy, hinting that other joint productions are on the cards.
Other Egyptian partners on the film, which is expected to debut at a festival this autumn, include Hani Osama’s The Producers.
Film Clinic and The Producers have a history of working together on titles including »
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling responded to President Trump’s morning Twitter tirade by quoting “Alice in Wonderland.” Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to slam the “fake media” and suggest that he might cancel all future press briefings and replace them with written handouts “for the sake of accuracy.” Rowling took a screen grab of Trump’s tweets and added a quote from Lewis Carroll’s classic. `I don’t think–'`Then you shouldn’t talk,’ said the Hatter. Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland pic.twitter.com/l3kVik6hzz — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 12, 2017 Also Read: Trump »
- Brian Flood
Should all adaptations of classic works be faithful?
In an interview with the BBC’s Hew Wheldon, Orson Welles set out his philosophy concerning adaptation, more specifically, his willingness to interpret and alter source material:
Wheldon: Do you have any compunction about changing a masterpiece?Welles: Not at all, because film is quite a different medium. Film should not be a fully illustrated, all-talking, all-moving version of a printed work, but should be itself, a thing of itself. In that way it uses a novel in the same way a playwright might use a novel — as a jumping off point from which he will create a complete new work. So no, I have no compunction about changing a book. If you take a serious view of filmmaking, you have to consider that films are not an illustration or an interpretation of a work, but quite as worthwhile as the original.
- Meg Shields
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Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman series, which features the Dark Knight travelling the Us and meeting a revolving door of his worst enemies, has served up seven high-quality issues so far. Issue #8, however, might just be the best one yet.
In ‘Ends of the Earth: Part 3,’ Batman travels to the swamps of Mississippi to confront the Mad Hatter, who he believes might be behind the necrotic plague released by Mr. Freeze back in Part 1. It turns out that the Lewis Carroll-loving weirdo might have a bigger bombshell than that up his sleeve, though. In a trippy, ultra-surreal tale, Jervis Tetch suggests that Bruce Wayne’s life as Batman is all a hallucination brought on by Tetch’s own ‘Looking Glass’ technology.
What Snyder has done in each previous issue is »
- Christian Bone
France animation event eyes permanent home in Bordeaux.
Madrid-based sales company Latido Films is looking to ramp up its animation offering.
Speaking to Screen during last week’s Cartoon Movie co-production forum in Bordeaux, Latido’s managing director and founding partner Antonio Saura explained: “I felt that there was something missing in our animation line-up until now, something that corresponded with the other types of movies we were carrying and which involved more adult, entertaining, intelligent movies with a niche quality.”
Latido Films’ sales roster to date has included animation titles Pacific Pirates, Birds Of Paradise, and A Valiant Rooster.
The company will now be handling sales on Salvador Simó Busom’s Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles which the director pitched in Bordeaux as a project in development with Manuel Cristóbal’s Sygnatia Films and their joint company The Glow Animation Studio .
The adaptation of the graphic novel by Fermin Solis centres on a chapter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe. Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun, the frumious Bandersnatch!
Taking the classic nonsense Lewis Carrol poem Jabberwocky as its inspiration (the poem is referred to in the film as a song recited to children to frighten them) Jabberwock (orJabberwock: Dragon Siege to give the film its full title) is yet another in the line of low-budget dragon movies to be released straight to DVD in the UK (other dragon-based titles include Age of the Dragons, Dawn of the Dragon Slayer, Dragon Dynasty, Dragon Crusaders, and so on and so forth) and like »
- Phil Wheat
Yesterday was a tough one for the Newell family. Actually, the past few months haven’t been easy; my dad is – well, the best way to describe the situation is that my father is a soul trapped in the shell of what was once a healthy, vibrant human being. To be honest, I don’t know why he isn’t dead. And my mom had a stroke about a month ago – and although she’s up and walking around (with the aid of a walker), the energetic and vivacious woman with whom I laughed and fought and loved is gone, too, leaving behind an old lady who is dip-shit batty – though I must admit that some of what she says is pretty funny.
And at least they both are in the same nursing home.
We have spent the last few weeks cleaning out their apartment – especially my brother, who has »
- Mindy Newell
The first season of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events is littered with Easter eggs that every major fan will excitedly gobble up. However, while most of those allude to the Asoue book series, there is a whole slew of additional Easter eggs that reference other famous works of fiction. Easily missed, these literary references can be found in character names, settings, witty dialogue, and more. Take a look below to see the ones we spotted! The Bad Beginning (Episodes one and two) The last name Baudelaire is a nod to 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. His most notable work is a collection of poems entitled Les Fleurs de Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, which considered how to find the beauty in miserable circumstances. Furthermore, one of the poems in the collection is titled "La Beatricé," which could be where the Baudelaire's matriarch got her name. Mr. Poe »
- Shyla Watson
16 items from 2017
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