5 items from 2016
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Regular readers of Den Of Geek will well know that we're sizeable fans of the comedy Bill. It's available on DVD now, and we can't recommend it highly enough.
What wasn't so well known at the time of its release was that Bill went through a distributor change last year, which at one stage looked like it might derail a wide cinema release, and thus keep the movie away from many people's eyeballs. We thus spoke to director Richard Bracewell about the film, and the behind the scenes story of just what was going on...
Can we dig into the untold story underpinning Bill? In particular, the problems that most didn't see, about simply getting the film released? Can you take us through what happened? Because we »
Director: Richard Bracewell
If thou hast seen Horrible Histories
Or know this troupe from TV’s Yonderland,
Thine eyes hast been treated to comedies
And never hast thou heard a laughter canned.
For Bill is that most rare a lucid dream;
A family film fine for young and old.
And not since Python have we seen a team
Whose humorous tales have been so well told.
These players do play many parts herein
To see them do so well is utter bliss.
And I must thank them for bringing their kin-
Helen McCory, Damian Lewis.
The writing too, is worthy of a king.
Like times before, ‘tis true! The play’s the thing!
For Shakespeare fans, the nods are very clear.
And younger ones will laugh at the word ‘bum.’
If running gags ye seek, »
- John Sharp
To celebrate the release of Bill and Deutschland ’83, both available to own on DVD from 15 February 2016, we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 5 bundles of both DVDs.
Bill follows the rise of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, as you’ve never seen him before. The star-studded British ensemble cast includes Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans, You, Me and the Apocalypse), Simon Farnaby (Paddington), Martha Howe-Douglas (Doctor Foster), Jim Howick (Peep Show, Stag), Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Peaky Blinders) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). Bill was written by two of its stars – Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
Deutschland ’83 – It’s 1983. The Cold War is hot. Russian SS20 Missiles in East Germany are already pointed West. American Pershing II Missiles will soon be placed in West Germany, pointing East. The threat of nuclear conflict looms. Our hero, Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), is 23. Born and raised in East Germany, »
- Laura Holmes
Yonderland, which is quite wonderful if you've not had the chance yet, stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farbaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard (who write the show and perform the vast bulk of roles in it). It's unclear as of yet just where Stephen Fry fits in, as his involvement hasn't been officially announced by Sky 1 itself. But here's the Tweet from Mr Fry....
Let us cast off these cumbersome robes. I%u2019m delighted to be joining the cast of #Yonderland for Series 3 on @sky1 pic.twitter.com/7IVDa6sPpr
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 25, 2016
More on Yonderland as we hear it. »
5 items from 2016
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