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One of the staples of the outdoor summer screenings in London is undoubtedly the Film4 Summer Screen season at the glorious Somerset House. Even though you’re in the middle of busy London, you’re very much away in a world of your own, well, with a few hundred other film lovers.
We’re very excited to announce the new line-up of films that’s been announced and – take note – tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am but be quick, they sell out fast! This year, also sees the World Premiere of Richard Curtis’s About Time and two UK Premieres: The Way Way Back and Prince Avalanche.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 24 May 2013
Tickets from £14.50 available online: www.somersethouse.org.uk/film4summerscreen
There’s an extended run out there this time around, so instead of me waffling on just check out the full »
- Dan Bullock
The annual film event, which takes place at London's Somerset House, will host the UK premieres for a pair of Us comedies: Steve Carell's coming of age film The Way Way Back and Paul Rudd's Prince Avalanche.
Three double or triple bills feature with Mean Girls, Carrie and The Loved Ones screening back-to-back and Predator and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Badlands and Raising Arizona showing together on separate nights.
The Film4 Summer Screen runs from August 8 to August 21. The full lineup is as follows:
August 8 - About Time (world premiere)
August 9 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
August 10 - Mean Girls »
If you listened to the podcast last Friday you heard how I ended up missing a screening of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, but I can't say it has irked me to any great extent. Adaptations of Shakespeare's work that stick strictly to Shakespeare's language tend to irk me, recent examples being Julie Taymor's The Tempest and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus. Around the corner, along with Whedon's Nothing, we have Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet and the adaptations are sure to continue from there as yet another has been set up in the last few days. Like the adaptations I mentioned above, Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth will be filmed in the play's original language with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in the leading roles. Kurzel previously brought us the primal story of Australia's serial killer John Bunting in Snowtown (read my review here »
- Brad Brevet
Tomorrow, March 23, is Akira Kurosawa's birthday. The iconic and influential director would have been 103-years-old had he lived long enough to see it, but that isn't to say he hasn't left a lasting legacy keeping him alive in the hearts of cinephiles. To celebrate the occasion, Criterion and Hulu have made available 24 of Kurosawa's films on Hulu free of charge to nonsubscribers (with commercial interruptions, and only in the U.S.) through midnight Sunday, March 24 and it includes all the hits and then some. Now I haven't seen all of Kurosawa's films, but I would like to at least offer up some suggestions for those of you looking for a starting point, or just a diversion from all this Ncaa Basketball. 1.) Seven Samurai - The obvious starting point is Seven Samurai. It's the film most everyone immediately associates with Kurosawa even if it isn't necessarily one they consider his best or their favorite. »
- Brad Brevet
The new horror anthology "The ABCs of Death" wants to give gorehounds what they want in alphabetical order by representing each of their 26 segments with a letter. That's fine with us, since we always have plenty of death scenes organized with the Dewey Decimal System, and here are 15 of the most memorable, bloody, and enjoyable ones in the bunch.
Oh yeah, um, spoilers.
Taketoki Washizu in 'Throne of Blood' (1957)
'A' is for 'Arrows'
In one of Akira Kurosawa's many samurai epics with star/badass supreme Toshiro Mifune, the two of them created the kind of arrow-related death that "Lord of the Rings" elf Legolas must dream about at night. By the time this Macbeth stand-in is done for he's got more wood in him than Jenna Jameson and resembles a stoned porcupine. Sayonara, sucker!
- Max Evry
The Writers Guild of America West (Wgaw) announced on Thursday that it is honoring Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni with its Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
The Jean Renoir Award, which is the Wgaw’s lifetime achievement international screenwriting award, is given to international writers who have “advanced the literature of motion pictures through the years and who [have] made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.”
Kurosawa (1910-1998) directed more than 30 films and wrote or contributed to more than 70 titles, including many classic films such as Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ikiru, Yojimbo, Kagemusha, Ran, Red Beard, and High and Low.
Kikushima (1914-1989) contributed to more than 60 films and collaborated with Kurosawa on Stray Dog, Scandal, The Last Fortress, High and Low, Yojimbo, The Bad Sleep Well, and Red Beard. He also worked on Tora! Tora! Tora! with Oguni, and Willful Murder, the latter of »
- Vesna Sunrider
6 items from 2013
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