8 items from 2016
Author: Cai Ross
Christmastime is here. Presumably you already have chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a turkey and some mistletoe, and your first screaming argument about who’s cooking for who and where. ’Tis the season for such timeless traditions, and along with a collective craving for manifestly ill-judged food combinations and a moratorium on our disapproval of comedy knitwear, classic Christmas movies are now a vital part of the great yuletide experience.
But what precisely is a classic Christmas movie? Timeless vintage offerings like Holiday Inn and Miracle on 34th Street are stuffed from titles to credits with all things Christmassy, yet you’ll also find films like Casablanca and The Great Escape on many festive film lists, which have nothing more to do with Christmas than Cannibal Holocaust.
Even the single greatest ‘Christmas Movie’ of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life has a pretty tenuous connection with the Holiday Season, »
- Cai Ross
Simon Brew Nov 28, 2016
When was the last time you saw a major blockbuster and felt real concern for the fate of the main characters?
In the mid-1990s, before the internet could spoil it for them, people piled in to see the still very enjoyable thank you very much Executive Decision. It’s a fun action movie, with Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal getting top billing in the movie. But there’s little suggestion that anything particularly radical was lying ahead. Yet in hindsight, there’s something far more surprising than perhaps it was given credit for even then.
For, surprisingly early in the film, Executive Decision is one of those rare films that’s willing to kill off one of its stars, Mr Seagal in this case (something he »
Simon Brew Nov 2, 2016
Film 2016 returns tonight with a new guest presenter approach. Full details lie within...
Tonight marks the return to our screens of the BBC’s one-time flagship film programme, Film 2016. And following the announcement at the end of the summer that Claudia Winkleman was standing down as co-host of the show, the BBC has finally announced her replacement.
For the BBC has opted to go with a rotation of guest presenters for the new series, who in turn will accompany the returning resident critic Danny Leigh. There’s precedence for this in film programmes, I should note. Following the death of Gene Siskel, the late Roger Ebert continued to present a television film review programme with guest presenters for a while after. And that was deemed quite successful, if not quite - inevitably - up to majesty of seeing the original duo together.
Ceri Thomas Nov 8, 2016
Flicks magazine used to be available free of charge at cinemas across the land. One of its former employees tells its story...
If you were growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, your cinema-going ritual was written in stone. Tickets were bought face-to-face in the foyer after queuing outside (sometimes for hours). You grabbed your wine gums, Maltesers and butterscotch from the concession stand (popcorn? What’s that?). You took your (unreserved) seat in the non-smoking section and settled down to wait for the pa-pah pa-pah Pa-pah of the Pearl & Dean ads ahead of a promo film for a local Indian restaurant and Kia-ora's latest attempt to flog you a glow-in-the-dark blend of E-numbers and sugar.
Oh, and you always – always! – had your free copy of Flicks clutched in your hand.
Free copy of what now?
It’s just a fond memory these days, but for 15 years, »
Simon Brew Oct 10, 2016
There’s little sign of a new James Bond film yet, and Spectre has left lots of questions behind. So what now, 007?
Update: here's a story that landed this morning, of relevance to this article.
This article contains light spoilers for Spectre.
At the end of October 2015, the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, enjoyed its global premiere. Following the massive success of Skyfall, hopes were understandably high for Spectre, and it quickly notched up some strong – and not so strong – reviews. Originally rumoured to be the first of a two part story (with a suggestion that it be filmed back to back with James Bond 25), Spectre would prove to be a big box office hit too. As Bond drove off into the sunset at the end of the film, the next adventure was surely an inevitability.
But something wasn’t quite right. And one year later, »
The comedian, actor and News Quiz host discussed bias at the BBC, his well-loved children’s television show, and the geography of Mozambique
Thanks very much for your questions. I think it's good that people throw in the odd snarky one - it makes it a bit more like real conversation! I'm sorry that I'm not Doctor Who or someone, but you know, there we are. Back to work everybody!
What was the programme you were recording near Teddington Lock about three years ago? Did it ever see the light of day? »
- Guardian Staff
Guy Buckland Aug 18, 2016
Guy has a few words for critics who spoil movies in their reviews - and asks them to put a bit of extra work in...
Two topics that frequently bubble to the surface when stirring the movie-web pot: critics and spoilers. We question the relevance of the former when they lambast a film we like, and we direct our bile at the latter when they diminish the joy of discovery in that hallowed darkened room with the big screen on the wall and the stains on the carpet (I’m talking about the cinema there, but actually that’s a pretty accurate description of my lounge).
However, there is a very specific area I’d like to focus on, and a very particular grievance I wish to air. And it involves the unholy alliance of the two.
Firstly, let me be abundantly clear: I think professional film »
When was the last time you went into the final act of a big blockbuster and didn't have any idea how things would turn out?
This article contains spoilers for:
Super 8 (middling)
Back To The Future (mild)
Next week’s National Lottery numbers * (mild)
Toy Story 3 (mild)
The Fugitive (middling)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (middling)
* Just seeing if anyone reads this bit
It’s an oft-quoted example, granted, but in the midst of Back To The Future’s time travel, and the rush to get the DeLorean up to 88mph and to put the world right, the motivation of the lead character was a simple one: to make sure his parents stayed together.
No matter what Doc Brown said, it wasn’t about the end of the world or a paradox bringing everything crashing down. »
8 items from 2016
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