15 items from 2010
It amuses me that Terry Gilliam is “godfathering” a film into production when he has trouble getting his own films greenlit. Something seems off about this story but we’ll take it since it means we get to see some retro sci-fi goodness making its way to the big screen.
We first caught wind of the project in 2009 when the four minute promo for 1884 appeared online, the same one that Gilliam presented at a Paris FX show last week, and now Variety reports that Gilliam is “godfathering” the project which will be directed by Tim Ollive who previously worked with Gilliam on effects for The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
The film is described as “a film made in 1848 with steam power, narrating a tale of laughable imperialist derring-do and espionage set in a futuristic 1884, when Europe is at war, steam-powered cars fly in the sky and »
When we think of futuristic, the year 1884 just doesn't come to mind. But then, we don't have the wacky mind of a member of Monty Python. Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) will make the animated 1884 starring the voices of four Monty Python members. Variety describes 1884 as "a film made in 1848 with steam power, narrating a tale of laughable imperialist daring-do and espionage set in a futuristic 1884, when Europe is at war, steam-powered cars fly in the sky and man has landed on the moon...Plot turns on dashing, if uber-bumbler secret agent Horatio Kitchengame dispatched to Europe to foil the plans of Count Ravenoff Fafner to achieve world dominion thanks to a dastardly new war machine."
The animation for 1884 is offbeat as well: live-action puppets with CGI heads consisting of the actors mouths and eyes.
Gilliam is one of the members of Monty Python and has been involved »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The internet is abuzz today with accusations that New York Jets strength & conditioning coach Sal Alosi intentionally stuck out his knee and tripped Dolphins special teamer Nolan Carroll on the sidelines Sunday during a punt return. In Alosi’s defense, I personally believe that his obvious trip was nothing more than a loving homage to John Cleese’s trip from the rugby match in Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life. Watch the two clips below and compare: Jets Coach Trip: John Cleese Trip: If Alosi gets off without a fine, it’ll merely confirm what I’ve always suspected: Roger Goodell can secretly quote every Python movie in his sleep. »
- Dan Hopper
Merlin and The Inbetweeners return, the extended Doctor Who Prom airs, and there's a lot of movies to look forward to as well...
Whether you missed the shorter version on Monday or it only made you want to watch it again, the slightly longer, fuller coverage of Doctor Who At The Proms 2010 airs tonight, Friday, September 10th at 7:00pm on BBC3. By all accounts, including our own, it was something very special and this broadcast adds about a half an hour of extra special to the enjoyment.
If you've stuck with the secrets and sorcery in Camelot for two series so far, you can continue your investment with the third series of Merlin, starting back on Saturday, September 11th at 7:25pm on BBC1. We hope to have weekly reviews of the show, beginning with series opener, The Tears Of Uther Pendragon.
This telly addict is admittedly not the target audience of The Inbetweeners. »
Rope of Silicon gives us the heads-up to The Guardian who has debuted the first trailer for Mike Leigh’s drama Another Year starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville. Leigh, director of such films as Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, Topsy-turvy, Happy-go-lucky = Oscar. Always has, always will.
I like what Sasha Stone at Awards Daily had to say about Another Year:
“…The meaning of life? Other people. The point of life? Living for others, not for yourself. And if you can make it through another year you’re already a winner.”
Using his trademark production method of improvisation, Leigh will once again deliver a moving and detailed portrait of his characters’ inner lives. This process has yielded some of the finest performances ever put on film, and it has generated an Oscar-nominated screenplay for four of his previous films: Happy Go Lucky, Vera Drake, Topsy Turvy, and Secrets and Lies. »
- Michelle McCue
All the nominees for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Dave Foley, "Disney Prep & Landing"
Outstanding Animated Program
"Alien Earths" (Ngc)
"Disney Prep & Landing" (ABC)
"The Ricky Gervais Show" - "Knob at Night" (HBO)
"The Simpsons" - "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" (Fox)
Outstanding Short-format Animated Program
"Adventure Time" - "My Two Favorite People" (Cartoon Network)
"Chowder" - "The Toots" (Cartoon Network)
"Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" - "Racing the Schoolbus" (Disney Channel)
"Uncle Grandpa" (cartoonnetwork.com)
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series
Creamed corn and the Technicolor yawn ... when did vomiting cease to be a movie taboo?
You might not want to read this over breakfast. Not long ago, in the course of a single day, I watched four films. The first three featured projectile vomiting, while the fourth showed a woman throwing up into a toilet bowl, after which she had to fish her mobile phone out of the puke. And, as an afterthought, her chewing gum as well.
Vomit has become such a recurring motif in today's cinema that it has almost ceased to make an impact, unless it comes with a gimmick, like the turbo-powered, Pepto-Bismol-coloured puke in Gentlemen Broncos, or someone being sick on a squirrel in Hot Tub Time Machine.
At what point did vomiting cease to be a movie taboo? The first instance of explicit vomiting I could think of was in The Wages of Fear »
- Anne Billson
Gurinder Chadha blends Bollywood with horror, says Philip French
Gurinder Chadha brings together actors from Bollywood, the National Theatre, The Full Monty and Mike Leigh's rep company for a characteristically broad, big-hearted "Curry On" comedy about what the Southall police call "the Indian food-related murders". The serial killer is an Indian mother (Shabana Azi), her victims murdered for mocking her overweight daughter. She's unable to liberate their ghosts until she's dead, but can't die until she's found a suitable husband for the daughter. The movie begins with the stomach of a corpse exploding from the enforced consumption of an Indian meal, an incident that outdoes the death of Mr Creosote in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and makes John Hurt's predicament in Alien look like heartburn. It is the film's high point.
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- Philip French
I had a lot of fun with this film at times and by the end I was in such a daze due to its horrific violence, gore and bizarreness of it all, that I just wanted to see it again straight away to be sure I did just witness everything that unfolded before me in Repo Men.
Repo Men is a debut film from director Miguel Sapochnik that stars Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as Repo Men in a dystopian future that come and get your company owned implanted organs, lips, joints, eyes and every other part of the body that you’ve purchased from them which you’ve failed to make your repayments on.
- Gary Phillips
In Repo Men, Jude Law repossesses your artificial organs if you fail to keep up with your payments. Creeps you out, right? Just like any movie that suggests that your body, your mind, might not completely be yours to command.
In the following video feature, our Mighty Movie Geek takes a look at our five favorite "we own you" movies.
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There's nothing like building a film with a target audience of everyone. As the trailer rolls, questions float by and we slide on up to you... So, have any thoughts on George Lucas? Religion? Sex? The meaning of life? How can the drawer close with those things inside, but now it won't open... the same things are inside? These are all mere child's play when it comes to inconceivable mass of debate and pure word count behind the controversy and conundrum that is George Lucas. The People vs. George Lucas tackles said issue, obviously, and will be having its world premiere at SXSW in March. Revered by some, feared and demonized by others, George Lucas is undoubtedly one of the most passionately debated and vilified filmmakers in movie history. Why have so many of his original fans turned against him to decry the release of the Special Editions and the Prequel Trilogy? »
- Marc Eastman
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne was molested as a child by a priest.
"Unfortunately, I experienced some sexual abuse," he said. "It was a known and admitted fact of life amongst us that there was this particular man, and you didn't want to be left in the dressing room with him."
"There were certain boundaries, sexual boundaries, that were crossed... I didn't feel that I suffered at the time.. It took many years to come to terms with it and to forgive those incidents that I felt had deeply hurt me."
"Again, I didn't think it severely impacted me at the time. But I suppose when I think about my later life, and how I had difficulties with certain issues, »
Actor says he was abused by Christian Brothers in Ireland, and while training in England to be a priest
The Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has revealed that he was sexually abused by Christian Brothers as a child.
The actor also disclosed that at the age of 11 he went to England to train as a priest but was sexually abused by a member of the clergy there.
Byrne said he had struggled with alcoholism and depression in the past, and that he had been "deeply hurt" over the abuse he endured as a boy.
"Unfortunately, I experienced some sexual abuse," he said. "It was a known and admitted fact of life amongst us that there was this particular man, »
- Henry McDonald
Salute Your Shorts is a weekly column that looks at short films, music videos, commercials or any other short form visual media that generally gets ignored.Unlike most of the shorts that get covered in this column, Terry Gilliam’s “The Crimson Permanent Assurance” is something fans of the director are likely to have seen before without digging deep into film archives or rooting around youtube in the hopes that someone has uploaded them. It’s easy to find, right in front of nearly every release—both theatrical and home—for Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. »
Opens: February 12th 2010
Director: Jacques Audiard
Summary: Sent to prison, Malik El Djebena falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins their confidence but uses his intelligence to discreetly develop his own network.
Analysis: Finally scoring a limited release in the Us in February, Jacques Audiard's violent and hard-edged prison drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes, scored Best Film at the London Film Festival, and is already the hotly tipped favourite to take the Oscar for Best Foreign Film late next month.
Reviews have been stellar around the world for the film which quickly became the most universally admired entry in the often hotly contentious first week of Cannes back in May. From a breakout performance by Tahar Rahim, »
- Garth Franklin
15 items from 2010
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