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With only six feature films to his name, four of which featured his iconic onscreen alter ego, the cinema of Jacques Tati remains an island of unique delight despite his influence on decades of filmmakers since and comparative efforts of peers from his own period (considering Marguerite Duras’ critique, now widely accepted, concerning the taken-for-granted stylistic likeness between Tati and Robert Bresson, a director whose subject matters were a bit less pleasant or comical). Without Tati and his bumbling character Monsieur Hulot, sputtering about memorably in a series of some of the most well-crafted moments of ingenious, highly organized chaos ever put to celluloid, we’d be without latter day influences, like Roy Andersson, Otar Iosseliani, several Peter Sellers characters, and even Rowan Atkinson’s similarly crafted Mr. Bean.
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend sees the release of Escape from Planet Earth, a family film that follows a hapless alien who’s trapped on the dangerous Planet Earth, and his attempt to escape a horrible fate at the hands of the humans. Brendan Fraser provides the voice of Scorch Supernova, the blue-skinned extraterrestrial hero, in a role that sees the loveable actor continue his run of family-friendly movies after Furry Vengeance and Inkheart, and as an aside to his more independent, serious fare such as Gimme Shelter and Breakout.
When we spoke with the actor we expected a straight-forward interview. How very wrong we were; the following conversation includes some singing, a bit of ice cream tasting, and a dash of Charlie Chaplin, proving why Fraser is the go-to guy if you’re looking to give your movie some spark. Read on on and enjoy.
Hi Brendan, how are you doing?
- Gary Green
Wake Avicii up…in his own hotel in Miami. The Grammy-winning Edm hitmaker is launching Avicii Hotel at Sls Hotel South Beach from March 26 to 30, during the Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference 2014. Story: Get to Know Aloe Blacc: A Primer on the 'Wake Me Up' Singer The Edm-meets-luxury hotel collaboration -- in partnership with Sls Hotel South Beach and Avicii's manager Ash Pournouri's At Night Management -- promises world-class programming and events, exclusive room packages and a chance to eat at Sls Hotels' dining hotspots: The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Philippe Starck and Hyde
- Ashley Lee
3 items from 2014
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