11 items from 2014
2013 wasn't exactly a banner year for Josh Brolin. It began with him being arrested on the streets of Santa Monica for public intoxication in the early hours of New Year's Day, and a month later was followed by the breakdown of his eight-year marriage to Diane Lane. After several other public altercations in which he appeared to be intoxicated, the 46-year-old entered rehab in November. The Oscar nominee admits in an interview with The Guardian that it was a "turning point." "It made me think of a lot of things. My mom dying when I was in my 20s. All »
- K.C. Blumm
The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?
Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.
If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »
- Xan Brooks
Ludo Studios aims to nail down an international co-production partner for 2D animated series The Strange Chores and is developing a second season of #7DaysLater and a comedy feature film with an online hub.
Its first multi-platform project,. #7DaysLater has snagged an International Digital Emmy® Award nomination. The awards will be presented on April 7 at the Miptv market in Cannes.
.It.s ridiculous, amazing and a privilege,. said Ludo Studio.s Daley Pearson. .I.m looking forward to telling my parents we.re nominated for an International Emmy and leaving out the digital part..
There are three other nominees for best digital program, fiction: Real Escape Game TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television); Collider (Beactive Entertainment, S.A. / Fica - Fundo de Investimento para o Cinema e Audiovisual, Portugal); and Latitudes (Losbragas / House Entertainment, Brazil).
Billed as the world.s first crowd-sourced TV show, #7DaysLater ran for eight weeks on ABC »
- Don Groves
I first became aware of the work of Northern director Chris Cronin when I had the pleasure of watching his award-winning 2011 short Ante, a tight and suspenseful thriller which clearly demonstrated Chris' potential as a filmmaker. Since Ante, he's partnered up with rising producer Phil Meachem on a series of shorts, including the "action sketch" Hail of Bullets and the musical romance Moments, not to mention their most recent offering, the ambitious action-adventure Sophie's Fortune.
Turning up late to a children's birthday party with his young niece Sophie, Brandon (Simon Hardwick) looks to make amends for missing out on all the cake and sweets by taking part in the annual Father's Only treasure hunt, hoping to win the prize put a smile on Sophie's face. Unfortunately for Brandon, the fathers take this tradition seriously - very seriously - and soon he finds himself racing through an Amazonian-like rainforest, »
- Gary Collinson
Say the name “Hayao Miyazaki” and producer Frank Marshall melts into a puddle of fanboy excitement. Marshall is one of the minds behind many of America's most imaginative films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Sixth Sense, to name a few. Yet when conversation turns to the legendary Japanese animator and his illustrious Studio Ghibli, Marshall openly admires the no-limits creativity that Hollywood doesn't make much room for. One taste of Miyazaki turned Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, his wife and producing partner, rabid. “Back in the early 2000s [after Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away] when we were in Japan during a publicity trip, we called Studio Ghibli to see if we could meet Miyazaki-san,” he says with absolute glee. “They were very sweet and said, 'Yes, of course.' We talked. They have a great museum out there. We »
- Matt Patches
Well if you’re feeling a trifle nostalgic you might be interested to know that it’s the 25th anniversary of cult black comedy The Burbs. Joe Dante’s offbeat movie follows life on an apparently quiet street in American suburbia. Ray (Tom Hanks) and Art (Rick Ducommun) become convinced their new neighbours, the Klopeks, are murderers, and start spying on the strange goings on to prove their theory right. An extreme case of suburban paranoia or the literal neighbours from hell? It could go either way. With a script by Dana Olsen, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson also star.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Actors often venture into other fields. Some play it safe and limit themselves to film, going on to become screenwriters and directors. Surprisingly some of the best films of the past thirty years have had actors behind the camera instead of in front.
Then there are actors who aren’t just content with Hollywood. Since the sixties, actors have tried to tackle the world of music and literature. While some have managed to pull of something resembling decent, you can count them on one hand. Yes, most of them have been that bad.
Then there’s the flipside. There are musicians, athletes, and other non-thespians that take a crack at acting with surprisingly good results. Sometimes they’re so good that people are left wondering why they never pursued acting on a full time basis. And sometimes they even win awards for it. Maybe acting isn’t as »
- Mickey Galie
Imagine becoming an archaeologist in, say, 2065. Your first big assignment? Dig up the now-collapsed Museum of the 1980s and catalog all its holdings: the Clash, “The Empire Strikes Back,” He-Man, Donkey Kong and a recording by Kim Carnes.
This is the feeling I often get when I watch ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” which plays on the same turf as “The Wonder Years,” “Happy Days” and “That ’70s Show,” but does it in the era in which I grew up. The sitcom hurls an awful lot of 1980s references at its viewers each week, but never in a way that appears to adhere to the rules of time, a practice I find frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.
- Brian Steinberg
Feature Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 07:04
There are currently four Indiana Jones movies, and some might say that's one too many. But what about the Indy movies that never were?
For a new Indiana Jones movie to go forward, it requires a degree of agreement amongst three people who don't seem to have a habit of agreeing very much. Basically, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas all have to say yes, else the project stalls, and a different approach is taken.
As a consequence of this, there's a trail of unmade Indiana Jones films that failed to get the necessary unanimous agreement. The ingredients of some of them would find their way into others, and some ideas would never be returned to. Here then is a whistle-stop tour of the Indiana Jones movies that never were...
Indiana Jones and the Haunted Mansion
We'll start with the one we know the least about. »
Feature Simon Brew 28 Jan 2014 - 05:53
Simon takes another look at arguably the most brutal blockbuster movie of the 1980s: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom...
This feature contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
One of the pleasures I've found of being a parent is being able to introduce my offspring to some of the classic films of my own youth. My now ten-year old son worked his way through the Back To The Future trilogy last year, loving them all (with a special soft spot for the third), and for every modern release he watches, I try and introduce him to something a little older.
For some time, he's been asking about Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. I showed him, to his delight, Raiders Of The Lost Ark last year, and he's been keen to see more of Indy's adventures. But I »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...
With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.
As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »
11 items from 2014
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