17 items from 2014
Luc Besson flits very easily between the sublime and the ridiculous, gifting the world with Léon in the early days of his career before proceeding to make visually striking, utterly silly action thrillers like The Fifth Element, Taxi and The Transporter series (as writer/producer). Lucy falls squarely into the second category; a screwball sci-fi caper with Besson going full speed ahead into far-out territory. Perversely though, it's that willingness to stretch beyond all logic and reason that keeps you watching.
His opening gambit is a damned good one, however, with Scarlett Johansson's titular American college girl getting roped into a drugs smuggling deal by her latest squeeze in Taipei, clueless about the contents of the briefcase he chains to her wrist. Besson milks every bit »
Director: Luc Besson
Running Time: 89 minutes.
Synopsis: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Luc Besson is undoubtedly a very talented filmmaker, especially when it comes to serving up beautiful, entertaining (if sometimes slightly shallow) action films. The marketing machine for Lucy attempts very hard to make it seem like this is one of those films. A rather daft premise tacked on to spectacular visuals, a badass heroine, and imaginative set pieces. That is perhaps why it is so disappointing when you realise that Besson was not at all going for that this time, and instead tries to serve up something that might resemble a cross between Limitless and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The emotional state of »
- Esben Evans
Wow, this year has been full of some ambitious filmmaking. Movies like Under the Skin have challenged the boundaries of cinema to show that art should not abide by any sort of rules or regulations.Snowpiercer was prime evidence that outlandish concepts allow creativity and fun to flourish. Now even filmmakers who have been primly associated with straightforward movies are getting in on the act.
Based on the marketing and Luc Besson’s name some may assume Lucy will be the latest Taken clone where a scantily clad Scarlet Johnasson travels around Europe bludgeoning random thugs for our mind numbing amusement. In fact that is not the case as Lucy shows even old directors can learn new tricks. Besson uses a La Femme Nikita »
- Dan Clark
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Imagine what she could do with 100%. Now in theaters is Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal who ends up gaining incredible powers when a drug gives her 100% brain capacity superpowers. Morgan Freeman also co-stars as a Professor explaining what's going on with her, and how/why she's gaining these powers. Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk are also in the sci-fi action movie. Is it any good? Did Luc Besson get his groove back? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Besson's Lucy. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! »
- Alex Billington
In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new film!
“Lucy,” which is rated “R” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk from acclaimed writer and director Luc Besson (“Transporter” films, “Taken” films, “Taxi” films, “The Fifth Element”). Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Look around you. Notice the distinct lack of swastikas lining every street? The world would have been a very different place had it not been for heroes like Robert Watson Watt, the subject of Gillies MacKinnon's absorbing film. Boasting a majestic leading performance from Eddie Izzard, Castles in the Sky conveys the triumph of innovation and tenacity against opponents fighting for the same side during World War II.
It's remarkable that the Battle of Britain wasn't a victory for Adolf Hitler, with his Luftwaffe outnumbering Raf planes by a shocking 3:1. This result was determined by Robert Watson Watt (Izzard), a likeable ball of eccentricity who conjured up an idea on how to detect approaching enemy aircraft from afar. Not that the government bureaucrats were impressed, »
We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014.
In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »
- TFH Team
A seven-part series set during the turbulent period of the establishment of the penal colony in Sydney in 1788 may seem a stretch for Liverpool-born and based writer Jimmy McGovern.
Yet Banished, which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday, deals with themes the writer has often explored in the UK series he's created in a distinguished 30- year career.
.Jimmy.s stories are about the moral complexities which human beings face when they are in difficult situations,. his producing partner Sita Williams tells If. .He asks the audience: .What would you have done in that situation? Would you have done it any differently?..
David Wenham heads the large Australian/British cast as Governor Arthur Phillip, a pragmatic idealist who hopes to turn the penal colony into a land of opportunity for all. Joseph Milson portrays his nemesis Major Ross, who believes the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist. »
- Don Groves
Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, David Tennant, Emma Thompson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders are among the stars whose shows will screen on BBC First, the premium drama and comedy channel which launches on Foxtel in August.
The BBC Worldwide-owned channel will be part of Foxtel.s drama and lifestyle tier and will screen shows at least 12 months before they are available to terrestrial broadcasters.
At a launch held at the Hall of Industries in Sydney on Wednesday night, Bbcww director of TV Natalie Edgar said as many shows as possible will be fast tracked to BBC First after their UK premieres.
The initial line-up will include The Musketeers; The Politician.s Husband »
- Don Groves
Banished will follow the "lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts" in New South Wales, Australia, 1788.
How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as a dramatist. When you've got something like that, you don't worry about the narrative; you just concentrate on the characters. That is what we did. Consequently, I don't think I've ever written anything so character-driven.Jimmy McGovern
MyAnna Buring and Russell Tovey have been cast in 'Banished'. The 'Ripper Street' actress and the 'Being Human' star will be joined by the likes of Julian Rhind-Tutt ('The Hour') and David Wenham ('Top Of The Lake') in Jimmy McGovern's new BBC series, set for broadcast in 2015. The seven-part fictional drama is inspired by 18th century events when Britain established a penal colony in Australia, and will centre around the settlement's convicts, the soldiers who guarded them and the men who governed them. Jimmy explained: ''How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as »
Jimmy McGovern has defined his own brand of humanistic British crime drama with Cracker, The Lakes and Accused – now he turns his attentions to the former colonies. His next BBC drama is Banished, set in 18th-century Australia and centered on the lives of a group of convicts.
A BBC statement describes the series as exploring "the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the soldiers who guard them and the men who govern them in the early days of this settlement". It stars Russell Tovey, known for his roles in Him & Her and The History Boys as well as current HBO gay drama Looking, playing a convict who struggles on his arrival at the penal colony. He forms bonds with other »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The ambitious series follows the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the marines that guard them and men who govern them.
David Wenham ("300") plays pragmatic idealistic Governor Arthur Phillip who wanted to turn the ramshackle settlement of Sydney into land of opportunity.
Joseph Millson ("Holby City") plays Major Ross, a man who thinks the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist. Russell Tovey ("Looking"), Myanna Buring ("Ripper Street") and Julian Rhind-Tutt ("The Hour") play convicts.
- Garth Franklin
From the talented minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, the duo behind the excellent Psychoville and The League of Gentlemen (with Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson) comes a brand new series entitled Inside No. 9.
Over the next six weeks we will be served six different macabre tales where what appears to be ordinary suddenly turns a little less than ordinary. The stories range from a country house where a game of Sardines reveals some chilling revelations, a blood-soaked actor’s dressing room, or a one-bedroomed flat of a happy primary school teacher (well apparently happy). If you're fans of the duo’s work you will know there will be dark comedy woven through these instalments, twists that throw you and horrific turns; for those of us remember Tales of the Unexpected with Roald Dahl this may ring many bells with you.
Our first episode Sardines starts with the »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star in Ron Howard's film about the epic rivalry between F1 greats James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film about one of sport's most exhilarating stories - available to watch online now without a subscription via blinkbox - is a tale of sex, fights and a race to be world number one.
Here are five reasons to head back to 1976 and watch Rush right now.
1. A must for all sports fans
Even if you aren't much of a Formula 1 buff, this is a story that transcends sport and is almost too far-fetched to believe at times, but it happened. Like a marathon tennis match, the 1976 F1 championship came down to two geniuses head-to-head, and went to the wire, both on and off the track.
Watch the Rush trailer:
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Sightseers star and co-writer Steve Oram is to make his directorial debut on comedy Aaaaaaaah!, a film full of “sex and indiscriminate violence” in which actors will play monkeys and talk mostly “gibberish”.
Oram has assembled a comedy cast including The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt, Green Wing’s Julian Rhind-Tutt (most recently seen in Rush), regular collaborator Tom Meeten, and Hannah Hoekstra, star of App and sexually explicit Dutch arthouse film Hemel.
Speaking to ScreenDaily, Oram said: “The script is in ‘human dialogue’ but the actors will throw the script away once they’ve learnt it.
“We’ll mainly use noises. It will be a combination of gibberish and monkey talk and it will be about expressing things physically. We’ve already done a bit - it has been really funny and gone very well.”
The self-financed »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Here's a little something odd for fans of British comedy:Word is out that Sightseers star Steve Oram will be making his directorial debut with Aaaaaaaah! - eight 'a's and proper punctuation a vital part of the title, thanks - a film that he describes as Romeo And Juliet meets The Planet Of The Apes. What on earth does that mean? It means no dialogue - not in any recognizable language, anyway - but with all of the actors grunting and otherwise behaving like monkeys.And, yeah, that sounds crazy on paper and it sounds crazy brilliant once you learn who else is involved. The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barrett and Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt will play the rival clan leaders with Hannah Hoekstra (Hemel) and Oram's regular...
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17 items from 2014
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