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“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”
Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.
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- Movie Geeks
From the director of Gomorra comes the deliciously odd adult fairy tale, Tale Of Tales. Ryan reviews a cult gem in the making...
Like The Princess Bride directed by Ken Russell, Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales is a full-blooded and decidedly adult fairy tale. Set in a quasi-medieval Europe of castles, four-poster beds, bulbous gowns, the movie relates a grimly comic set of interlocking fables.
It begins with a king and queen (respectively, John C Reilly and Salma Hayek) who turn to witchcraft in order to conceive a child, before lurching to the story of monarch (Vincent Cassell) who’s so sex-obsessed that he embarks on a romance with a peasant girl based purely on her angelic singing voice. You can probably guess the king’s reaction when he discovers that the peasant girl is actually far older and more leprous than he assumes.
Weirdest of the lot is the story of yet another king (this one played by Toby Jones) who rears a giant flea and then, for reasons far too complicated and wonderful to relate here, unwillingly marries off his lily white young daughter Violet (Bebe Cave) to a hideous ogre. You might think from these brief descriptions that there isn’t very much linking these surreal, dark and sometimes violent stories, but the realisation gradually dawns that each carries echoes of the last. A pair of siblings are reunited in one story, while a pair of sisters are divided in the next; one character becomes a royal over here, while a luckless heir is cast into a filth and misery over there. To loosely quote George Lucas, “It’s like poetry. It rhymes”.
A deeper meaning behind Garrone’s mad fantasy is harder to pin down. At first, it’s enough to simply admire his often stunningly conceived images: a character dining on crimson offal in an ice-white room. Toby Jones befriending his pet flea. Tale Of Tales brings us universal stories of birth, death, marriage and desire, but viewed through a uniquely strange filter. Dramatic irony is everywhere,and there’s a recurring theme about divisions: between old and young, rich and poor, life and death.
Relying less on obvious splashes of CGI than most mainstream fantasies, Tale Of Tales’ use of real European locations and physical effects set it apart from the likes of, say, Duncan Jones' Warcraft or Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. There’s an earthiness to the creature designs and costumes that brings Tale Of Tales closer to the look and feel of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s underrated adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose, or maybe Paul Verhoeven’s American debut, Flesh + Blood. There’s also a hint of the matter-of-factness that made Garrone’s 2008 Mafia drama Gomorrah such compulsive viewing.
Where so many films leave us numbed by their swooping computerised vistas, Tale Of Tales keeps things at gut-level. There’s a wonderfully ominous funeral sequence which, thanks to some stunning competition and sound design, provides a captivating moment to pore over before Garrone suddenly shifts the action to a jarringly sordid moment elsewhere.
Cut to Alexandre Desplat’s lush score, Garrone’s film moves with between tones with ease. Some scenes have all the humour of a joke well told. Other moments in Tale Of Tales are gory on a level approaching Game Of Thrones. One sequence is genuinely terrifying. Inevitably, the film’s sheer weirdness won’t endear everybody - one or two people were checking their phones in the screening I attended. Those with a taste for the imaginative and the surreal will surely be bewitched by Garrone’s fairytale anthology, however, and there’s the strong possibility that Tale Of Tales will acquire cult status in years to come.
My advice? Cut to the chase and watch it in a cinema while you can.
Tale Of Tales is out in UK cinemas on the 17th June.
Exclusive: Embankment Films boards adaptation of post-apocalyptic book series ‘Forest Of Hands And Teeth’.
The film is based on the first in the trilogy of post-apocalyptic zombie-fantasy novels by Carrie Ryan, adapted by and to be directed by actres- turned first-time feature director Kate Maberly (Finding Neverland).
Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Williams will play the headstrong young Mary, who dreams of venturing beyond the fence that surrounds her village in the heart of the forest.
Prevented from leaving by the authoritarian Sisterhood and the terrors of the Unconsecrated that lurk beyond the perimeter, Mary uncovers the secrets at the heart of her community that threaten to destroy the fragile peace.
Pre-production is underway with shoot set for early 2017 in Romania.
The Bourne Identity director-producer Liman said of the project: “The Forest »
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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at The Name Of The Rose. The Story: In the early 14th century an... Read More »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
Umberto Eco, the Italian intellectual and novelist, whose 1980s novel The Name of The Rose brought him international renown, died Friday at the age of 84. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called him “an extraordinary example of a European intellectual, combining unique intelligence of the past with a limitless capacity to anticipate the future.” Eco had been suffering […]
- Jenny C Lu
Rome — Italian academic and author Umberto Eco, who became a global pop culture superstar with his first novel, the medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose,” adapted into a movie starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, died Saturday at his home in Milan. He was 84.
The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Eco was a scholar of semiotics, the study of signs and symbols and their social and cultural significance. It can be applied to words and images, therefore all types of icons — from religious ones to advertising, to traffic signs — and also clothes, music, film, comic books. This gave him a particular sensitivity that allowed him to infuse scholarly and popular cultures and became the trademark of his success.
“Mickey Mouse can be perfect in the [same] sense that a Japanese haiku is,” Eco told the Guardian in a 2002 interview.
Born Jan. 5, 1932, in the city of Alessandria, in Italy’s northwest, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Umberto Eco, an Italian academic who became an unlikely best-selling author of novels like 1980’s “The Name of the Rose,” died Friday in Milan, according to a spokesperson for his American publisher, Houghton Mifflin. He was 84. Eco was a longtime professor at Europe’s oldest university, the University of Bologna, and an expert in the field of semiotics who wrote more than 20 nonfiction books about how signs and symbols can be used to interpret cultural history. But he also wrote for a more general audience, particularly literary novels such as “Foucault’s Pendulum” (1988), about three workers at a small publishing. »
- Thom Geier
Author, philosopher and semiotician Umberto Eco, the Italian novelist best known for his debut novel, the 1980 historical mystery The Name of the Rose adapted for the 1986 film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, died today in his home in Italy. He was 84. Eco had been battling cancer for some time, though the cause of death has not been made public. Born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy in 1932, he studied medieval philosophy and literature at the University of… »
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