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Big week for Bat-talk! Last week, I published a couple Geekly columns focusing on the Dark Knight Detective. First, I drew up my list of the hundred greatest Batman comics, movies, TV episodes, etc. Then I considered whether it was possible to have entirely too much Batman at one time. And would you believe it, everyone has an opinion about Batman–and a ton of great recommendations! Read on for the highlights. Darren Franich was dead-on right in his piece 'Dark Knight Fatigue Rises,' but from just one perspective. In July of 2013, Cartoon Network debuted DC Animation's new CG series "Beware the Batman. »
- Darren Franich
Neil Calloway begins his new weekly column looking at the state of ‘British’ cinema in 2014…
*high pitched voice* British cinema friends.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, UK cinema audiences were down 8% on last year this summer, with only The Inbetweeners 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (both sequels And based on material from elsewhere) performing well. Apparently the reason for this is the good weather, and big sporting events kept people out of the cinema. Given England’s World Cup performance, I’m surprised more people didn’t decide to shut themselves away in dark theatres away from the action, or lack of it, from Roy Hodgson’s team.
Still, it’s not all bad, according to the BFI statistical yearbook for 2014, which looks at the UK film industry in 2013, the film industry has doubled its Gdp in the past twenty years, contributing £2.9 billion »
- Oliver Davis
I love comics. (Surprise! Or not.) I love all kinds of comics. And that includes material published by Viz, Vertical, Yen Press… Oh dear. I must mean… manga.
Even fans of American comics look at manga with disdain. They roll their eyes and pick up their single issues and graphic novels, snubbing black and white volumes, intentionally avoiding what has somehow become a “teen market”. But, surprise (for real this time): not all manga is about magical schoolgirls traveling through sparkly dimensions. Manga is just the Japanese word for comic. And remember how pissed off you get when people think of American comics as cheesy fairy tales about men in tights?
Manga can be just as monstrous as the latest horror movie, my friends. And here are five of my absolute favorite works—leaving out seminal titles such as Akira and Ghost In The Shell and more recent hits »
- Holly Interlandi
Universal Cable Productions is making a “Fearless” move. The production company has optioned the rights to Catherine Linka's young-adult novel “A Girl Called Fearless” as well as its upcoming sequel, “A Girl Undone,” which is due out in March, with plans to develop the novels into a series. Also read: Ucp and ‘Walking Dead's’ Gale Anne Hurd Developing Warren Ellis TV Series “A Girl Called Fearless” is set in a contemporary America upended by the deaths of millions of women from a hormone in meat. Teenage girls are a valuable commodity “protected & contracted” by Paternal Controls. Avie Reveare knows her life. »
- Tim Kenneally
Writer: Si Spencer
Artists: Meghan Hetrick (2014), Phil Winslade (1940), Tula Lotay (2050), Dean Ormston (1890)
Letterers: Dezi Sienty, Taylor Esposito
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
I read a lot of comics. Sometimes I get a bit behind, though. For this reason, every week I make two stacks of issues: the “Read immediately!” pile and the “Eventually…” pile. Vertigo’s Bodies is always and inevitably on the “immediately” pile. Mostly because it’s a damn fine book, but partially because if I were to get behind on this one, I’m not sure I’d fully comprehend the magnitude of what I missed. 24 pages at a time, in this case, is perfection.
Bodies is a masterful work in storytelling architecture. Si Spencer (The Vinyl Underground) has managed to craft a perfectly symmetrical tale of London in four time periods with four different detectives, six pages each per issue, involving the murder investigation of the same naked and tortured corpse. »
- Holly Interlandi
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s Tusk; Tracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness; Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »
- Brian Brooks
Directors: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Screenwriters: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and Nick Cave; Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 15
Nick Cave isn't one to do things like everyone else, so it's no surprise that 20,000 Days on Earth isn't your bog standard rock doc. There's a lot of talking, a lot of music and a smattering of archive in this collaboration with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, but it's pieced together in a fittingly arch, self-conscious style that fits Cave like a dark black glove.
The film is ostensibly a day in the life of Nick Cave - his 20,000th day. (It's not.) In lieu of the usual talking heads, Cave instead wakes up in bed with his wife, before trudging out to see "his psychiatrist" (real-life psychoanalyst Darian Leader), have a catch-up lunch and chat with Bad Seed Warren Ellis, and »
"I wake, I write, I eat, I write, I watch TV..." so says rock icon Nick Cave in his opening narration voiceover. And in doing so lays out the template of this exceptional documentary. Of course, if you know the artist Cave, you will know that his life isn't quite that simple. And while the film plays like a day in the life of Nick, from the opening scene of him waking up in bed next to his wife Susie to final crescendo of an evening performance of an absolutely riveting live version of "Higgs Boson Blues" from his last album, it is everything in between that really explores and exposes the artist as a work in progress.
A fictional twenty-four hours in the life of cult Australian singer, songwriters and occasional composer Nick Cave are loosely chronicled in this fascinating insight into the life of the 57-year-old legend. He meditates on his own songwriting process and transforms his music from an unformed sketch to a dynamic live show using tunes that would eventually become the album Push The Sky Away. A fascinating glimpse into the life of a legend with a poignant nod to his longtime friend and collaborator Warren Ellis. »
The track features in upcoming film 20,000 Days on Earth.
It is released as a digital single today (September 4), backed with 'Jubilee Street' (Live from The Sydney Opera House). A limited edition 10" vinyl follows on November 10.
"We'd planned to end with 'Push The Sky Away' and its pertinent lyrics about rock 'n' roll getting you right down to your soul; but after the band played 'Jubilee Street' at Sydney Opera House, we didn't stand a chance.
"Only four songs in and there was Nick, transforming in front of us. Our lives haven't been the same since."
Their last album »
In the latest edition of Comics to Read Before You Die, Jessie Robertson looks at Planetary #1-6…
Planetary #1-6 & Planetary Preview (Sept 1998- March 1999)
Writer- Warren Ellis
Artist- John Cassady
Colorist- Laura Depuy w/ David Baron and Wildstorm FX
Letterers- Ali Fuchs & Bill O’Neil
Cover, Logo & Book Design- Ed Roeder
Editor- John Layman
When I first read this book, it moved too fast for me. I read it and then re-read it to make sure I was absorbing all that I had seen in the pages. For six issues, there is a lot of material to be had. The design of Planetary is that each issue borrows a classic tale or trope to spin out from, using pieces of folklore, sci-fi, fantasy and golden age comic tales illustrating them in new, unimagined colors.
The stars of the book are Elijah Snow; a man all in white emanating cold from him everywhere he goes, »
- Jessie Robertson
The full lineup for this year's BFI London Film Festival was announced this morning (September 3), and as ever comprised an impressive cross-section of the biggest hits from Sundance, Cannes and Venice, spread across the festival's main competition entries and themed strands.
Digital Spy runs down 14 of the movies you need to catch if you're in the Big Smoke for this year's festival.
Following strong reviews at its Telluride world premiere last weekend, this intelligently crafted biopic of pioneering codebreaker Alan Turing is one of the year's first surefire Oscar frontrunners, with Benedict Cumberbatch's lead performance singled out for particular praise.
Cumberbatch stars as the brilliant but socially awkward Turing, whose groundbreaking work in computer science and cryptanalysis proved crucial during World War II, before his homosexuality led to his prosecution and apparent suicide in the 1950s. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode co-star, with Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directing. »
Taking the conventions of Western films to different countries, planets, time periods or political situations is hardly new, but when it's done well, it never gets old. The French-language “Far From Men,” aka “Loin des Hommes,” from writer/director David Oelhoffen, which transposes classic Western archetypes to the Algerian Civil War, is a terrific reminder of just that. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor is it a po-mo deconstruction of the Western myth or a pastiche. It is simply a great, traditional Western: the language and cultural details may be different, but the sparse elegance and moral conundrums are familiar and as resonant as ever. Based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest” and boasting a fitting yet never clichéd soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and a pair of flawless lead performances from Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb, “Far From Men” is a quietly grand, beautiful film. »
- Jessica Kiang
Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth
Written by Warren Ellis
Artwork by John Cassaday
Published by DC/Wildstorm Comics
In the pantheon of unarguably great comics, Warren Ellis’ Planetary holds a permanent seat, being both devilishly clever in its premise and magnificent in its execution. For some 27 issues Ellis, along with artist John Cassaday (with occasional help) opened the chest cavity of 20th century genre fiction, performing the most reverent, respectful and gleeful autopsy known in either fiction or reality. Pulp adventure crimebusters, comic book superheroes, kung-fu cinema, Kaiju Eiga, and more came under Ellis’ knife, both tied together in one beautiful circulatory system and carefully extracted and brought gleaming like new into the light of day. There was also one issue with Batman in it, and it kicked a lot of arse.
The crossover took place in Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth, a one-shot released in August of 2003, which saw »
- Thomas O'Connor
which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.
Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »
- Peter Debruge
Viggo Mortensen adds Arabic and French to the languages he’s spoken on screen in Far From Men (Loin des hommes), French director David Oelhoffen’s ambitious but uneven attempt to turn the Albert Camus short story The Guest, set in 1954 Algeria, into a Western. The film offers splendid widescreen vistas of the Atlas Mountains and an impressive, quite minimalistic score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But the original’s existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters of either Mortensen’s schoolteacher or his charge, a local
- Boyd van Hoeij
There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All it took was two years for Ales Kot to become omnipresent. The 27-year-old occult-loving, Czech-born writer has experienced a swift rise to prominence since his first published comic in 2012, making a mark at every major company. After short stints at DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Valiant, Kot has taken the spotlight with a handful of major projects at Image and Marvel, all of which feature his memorably strange, reference-heavy mix of sci-fi and action. Although he swims in similar thematic waters as fellow comic-book mind-expanders like Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, and Jonathan Hickman, his style has become increasingly unique as his career matures.And right now, Kot is launching his highest-profile projects yet. He's developing a TV adaptation of his hit sci-fi/espionage epic Zero, and he's been tasked with writing the comics adventures of one of Marvel's hottest cinematic properties in Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier. The »
- Abraham Riesman
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is officially a hit, and has been hailed as one of the company's best films by many a critic. Before its release, the film was considered Marvel's biggest risk, based on an obscure team of cosmic heroes little known among comic fans, let alone the general public.
In celebration of Guardians' success, here are some other lesser known superhero teams we would love to see on the big screen...
1. Doom Patrol
Introduced just three months before Marvel's own misfits, the X-Men, DC's team of superhero oddities are a different breed from that team of merry mutants. While X-Men frequently explored the themes of minorities and social acceptance, Doom Patrol has made a habit of embracing its strangeness.
With core members including Robotman - the brain of a critically injured racecar driver implanted in an artificial body - and Negative Man - possessed by »
Nick Cave is a killer rock songwriter, and he and creative partner Warren Ellis have crafted a significant identity as a film scoring duo. Their music for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is among the great western film scores, and they’ve done excellent music for films such as The Proposition and Lawless. […]
The post Nick Cave Really Wants to Score a Horror Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
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