8 items from 2014
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
(The following review is of the UK release of the film on Region 2 format.)
In Roy Ward Baker’s 1960s comedy-drama Two Left Feet, Michael Crawford plays Alan Crabbe, a clumsy and unlucky-in-love 19-year-old who begins dating ‘Eileen, the Teacup Queen’, a waitress at his local cafe. She lives in Camden Town and there are rumours that she’s married, but that doesn’t seem to alter her behavior. Alan and Eileen travel into London’s ‘Floride Club’, where the Storyville Jazzmen play trad for the groovers and shakers. Eileen turns out to be a ‘right little madam’, who is really just stringing Alan along. She’s the kind of girl who only dates to get into places and then starts chatting to randoms once inside. She takes up with ruffian Ronnie, while Alan meets a nice girl, Beth Crowley. But Eileen holds a strange hold over »
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Written and directed by Stuart Murdoch
In 2009, Belle and Sebastian mastermind Stuart Murdoch released a concept album under the guise of God Help the Girl, the name of both the album and the collective of musicians behind it. It was a break away from his Scottish band’s usual stylings in that it was primarily penned for female vocalists known and unknown, though male singers like The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Murdoch himself made memorable appearances on a few tracks. Additionally, while Belle and Sebastian’s most beloved songs can often be taken as their own singular, compelling tales, the God Help the Girl album was a larger narrative project, with the songs tracking protagonist Eve through various woes and successes. Five years later, a long-gestating film adaptation of the album has arrived, courtesy of producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and some support through Kickstarter, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Nineties indie cinema wasn't short on cool dudes but there's something irresistible about the grand tradition of the silent action hero stacking up the bodycount
- James Luxford
John Wayne he ain't, but Die Hard's deskbound cop, Sgt Al Powell, offers the perfect protection during McClane's fantasy rampage and sees off some demons of his own
- George Bass
The company is keen to adapt feature films such as the 1973 horror movie for the small screen, after being acquired by Studio Canal last year.
"This is one part of a fairly substantial expansion ambition that we have while keeping our domestic projects going."
The movie gained a cult following after its release in the '70s and spawned a 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. »
London — Studiocanal has inked a deal with Media Storehouse to promote its movie library, which boasts more than 5,000 titles, through the launch of The Studiocanal Store.
The Studiocanal Store, which is now live at www.studiocanalstore.co.uk, makes digitally restored images and posters from classic British titles available to the public. The pics include “Ice Cold in Alex,” “Billy Liar,” “Brighton Rock,” “Dam Busters,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Lady Killers,” “The Railway Children,” “The Third Man” and “The Wicker Man.”
The launch has been four years in the making, with the archive based at Pinewood Studios. Movie fans will be able to purchase classic posters, prints and wall art with all material digitally restored, as well as selected current titles. More than 5,500 images are already live with more being continually added.
- Leo Barraclough
Partnership will see the launch of the StudioCanal store, with over 5,500 images already available.
StudioCanal has partnered with Media Storehouse to further promote the studio’s catalogue of over 5,000 titles.
The partnership sees the launch of the StudioCanal store (www.studiocanalstore.co.uk), making digitally restored images and posters available to the public from films such as Billy Liar and The Wicker Man.
Fans will be able to purchase classic posters, prints and wall art, and over 5,500 images are already available with more being continually added.
Affirming StudioCanal’s commitment to promoting the best of British cinema, the launch has been four years in the making with the archive based at Pinewood Studios. »
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8 items from 2014
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