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Zoology: Our Favourite Fable Stories In Films

Childhood lessons are commonly told through folklore tales; the life lesson often being that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The messaging, however cliché, is important to learn as we navigate life’s’ hardships. We all know that beauty fades and it is our emotional strength that will stay with us.

To celebrate the theatrical release of Ivan I Tverdovsky’s Zoology on 29th September – we showcase some of our favourite fable stories in films.

Beauty And The Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a well-known example of this metaphor. A young Prince is cursed to remain a beast forever unless he learns how to be selfless and kind. Through this, he finds true love from Belle who accepts and loves him despite his beastly looks. This lesson is about loving someone for who they are and not for what they look like on the outside.
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New to Streaming: ‘Mulholland Dr.,’ ‘Death Note,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland)

While the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane and Room told stories of captivity with various hooks — science-fiction and the process of healing, respectively — Cate Shortland’s approach in her latest, harrowing drama Berlin Syndrome makes room for more nuance and depth. Locked in a Berlin apartment, there is little hope for our protagonist for nearly the entire runtime. And while some of the story’s turns can feel overtly manipulative,
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

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Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course,
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'Avengers 2': How Did They Bring Vision to Life? | Exclusive

Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced fans to several new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but perhaps none were more unique than Vision. After portraying the voice of Tony Stark's A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. for years, Paul Bettany finally got a chance to shine in front of the camera, coming to life before our very eyes as Vision. Ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron's debut on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with prosthetics supervisor Nik Williams, who helped bring Vision to life, designing the intricate makeup that Paul Bettany wore on set.

Nik Williams first got his start in animatronics, working on Little Shop of Horrors, How to Get Ahead in Advertising and Frankenstein throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He started working in prosthetics in the 2000s on Stardust, Eastern Promises and Ninja Assassin, while serving as
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‘Withnail and I’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick | Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson

I have a list of films inside my head that are ones that I haven’t seen yet, and each time I watch one of them I can tick them off. Some of these sit there for years but deserve to be seen, and some I consider as a crime against my geekhood that I’ve not seen them yet. One these is Withnail and I but the good news is that now that Arrow Video have released their limited edition of the film I’ve finally managed to see it, and it has become one of my favourite films.

Seen as a cult favourite popular with students, it tells the tale of Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (the “and I” of the title, portrayed by Paul McGann). Two unemployed actors
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DVD Review – How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising, 1989.

Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E.Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson, John Shrapnel and Tony Slattery.

Synopsis:

A young advertising executive is overcome with stress when attempting to develop a new campaign for a brand of pimple cream. His extreme anxiety eventually leads to a boil growth on his shoulder that begins to talk and act…

A unique selling point (Usp) is, as those in the know will constantly tell you, essential in the world of marketing and advertising. Occasionally this dread inducing marketing speak can be applied to cinema and filmmaking as well. In the case of Bruce Robinson and Richard E Grant’s follow up to the redoubtable Withnail & I, the Usp (released here in a restored DVD/Blu-ray dual format edition) here is the continued strident and frenetic form of darkly tinctured slapstick that has more than a few f-yous to modern society.
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Movie Review – Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I, 1987.

Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown.

Synopsis:

Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.

Only a select number of films can claim to have their own set of passionate cult followers. Star Wars and Star Trek have their legions of ever growing fan bases, no matter which period of history or selection of films or TV series said fans worship. Among the student fraternity in particular, Withnail & I is a film that has become a cult favourite over the years.
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Margaret Thatcher and the Movies

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, had a much greater impact on the world of film than just inspiring an Oscar-winning role for Meryl Streep in 2011's "The Iron Lady." The woman who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 cast a long shadow over filmmaking in her country during her time in office, inspiring much reaction (pro and con) among filmmakers, inspiring some classic movies, and unwittingly giving major career boosts to some of our era's greatest movie talents. The conventional wisdom about Thatcher's impact on pop culture was that performing artists, being a lefty, proletarian bunch, hated her with a passion. Certainly the British musicians of the '80s, from Billy Bragg to Pink Floyd, composed numerous bitter protest anthems condemning her as a war-mongering tyrant who was strangling the working class. But the movies British filmmakers created during her three terms in office were a lot more ambivalent,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a new comic series from Titan Comics, a trailer for Wesley SnipesGallowwalkers, and more:

Gallowwalkers Trailer: “A mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman – all those that die by his gun will return. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa. Aman enlists Fabulos, a new young warrior, to fight by his side.”

Gallowwalkers was directed by Andrew Goth and stars Wesley Snipes, Tanit Phoenix, Riley Smith, Kevin Howarth, and Patrick Bergin. The movie has been finished for over five years, but Vmi Worldwide recently picked up sales rights to the movie and we should see
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New Who Review: “The Snowmen”

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Oh, Steven Moffat, you magnificent bastard. The return of a villain before it and The Doctor have ever met, a reunion with a character The Doctor’s never actually met, the team-up of three characters, one of whom died in the far future, and a couple of surprise guests. A nice little Christmas present, and what’s Christmas without…

The Snowmen

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Saul Metzstein

A young boy is met by a talking snowman, one who promises he can help him. Fifty years later, and Dr. Walter Simeon has become quite a successful man, head of a prestigious institute, and still working with the sentient snowstorm to prepare for a coming assault on the earth. Madame Vastra and Jenny are curious as to Dr. Simeon’s plans, but get nowhere. Meanwhile, a young barmaid named Clara has noticed a snowman pop up out of nowhere, and though
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“Doctor Who Christmas Special” features Sontarans, smowmen, snarling

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The prequel and trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas Special has just been posted via the BBC, hot off its appearance on the Children In Need annual appeal.

As reported earlier in the week, the BBC continues its tradition of presenting an exclusive clip for the charity’s annual telethon. The clips have varied from trailers, exclusive scenes, and special greetings from the cast.

This year’s trailer offers a few tidbits both new and confirmed, including the name of the new Companion (Clara, as was rumored), a look at this year’s holiday-themed monster (snowmen, tho not apparently the Abominable variety so many of us were hoping for) and a peek at returning aliens Strax the Sontaran nurse (Dan Starkey) and sword-wielding reptilian lesbian Vastra (Neve McIntosh), and the presumptive baddie, played by Richard E. Grant (Hudson Hawk, How to Get Ahead In Advertising).

Click here to view the embedded video.
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Rum Diary, The | Review - Austin Film Festival 2011

Director: Bruce Robinson Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson (novel) Starring: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi Hunter S. Thompson was a mere 22-years old when, in 1961, he penned the novel The Rum Diary. His second novel -- preceded only by the yet-to-be-published Prince Jellyfish -- The Rum Diary was not published until 1998 (by no small coincidence, that is the same year Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was released). To be perfectly honest, I have never read The Rum Diary and I suspect that could be because somewhere deep down in my subconscious, pre-lsd and/or pre-Gonzo Thompson is...well...not very appealing to me... Not very appealing to me... That pretty much sums up my thoughts when I heard that Bruce Robinson was attached to write and direct The Rum Diary. I am still not quite sure how Withnail
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Bruce Robinson's (and Johnny Depp's) "The Rum Diary"

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"Johnny Depp's quasi-filial bromance with Hunter S Thompson has now extended well beyond the celebrated gonzo journalist's death," writes Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, "with consequences that are a lot like the relationship itself: Strange, endearing and a little bit embarrassing. Depp personally financed and supervised the firing of Thompson's earthly remains out of a cannon at the writer's 2005 funeral, an event captured in Alex Gibney's documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S Thompson (narrated, of course, by Johnny Depp). Having played Thompson's most famous alter ego, Raoul Duke, in Terry Gilliam's psychotronic 1998 version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — a flawed film, but very much worth a second look in its recent Criterion release — Depp now returns to the Thompson well of booze and acid for a second dip."

"To get to the heart of the mess that is The Rum Diary," writes Gustavo Turner in the La Weekly,
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Bruce Robinson: 'I'm just going to take my liver for a wash'

The Withnail director is returning to the movies with Johnny Depp. But first there's a meal with Euan Ferguson to negotiate, oysters to eat, red wine to drink and waitresses to charm

I am apologising, as we take our first seats behind a big slab of a secret wooden door that must outweigh the All Black front row. It is a truly magic door, like something invented by Roald Dahl, just for children who drink – and lets us slip into a cool, smart hideaway in Soho; and I'm apologising to Bruce Robinson for not being one of this mag's usual stock of clever cheekboned women over-infused with vivre, panache, esprit and other words unacquaintanced in English.

But, then again, so is every female inside Mark Hix's establishment – not necessarily in words, but certainly with eyes and body language. It is astonishing how some people – this man is now 65 – still, somehow,
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The Rum Diary TV spots

New TV spots for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins. After seeing these new spots, I'm super-keen to catch the FilmDistrict adventure drama helmed by Bruce Robinson, who scripts from the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. It's been so long since Robinson took the wheel, almost twenty years actually. His last time at the helm was 1992's Jennifer Eight, starring Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen and John Malkovich. Prior to that, Robinson directed How to Get Ahead in Advertising with Richard E. Grant and Rachel Ward starring.
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The Rum Diary TV spots

New TV spots for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins. After seeing these new spots, I'm super-keen to catch the FilmDistrict adventure drama helmed by Bruce Robinson, who scripts from the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. It's been so long since Robinson took the wheel, almost twenty years actually. His last time at the helm was 1992's Jennifer Eight, starring Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen and John Malkovich. Prior to that, Robinson directed How to Get Ahead in Advertising with Richard E. Grant and Rachel Ward starring.
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‘The Rum Diary’ Poster: Here’s Where the Rum Went

‘The Rum Diary’ Poster: Here’s Where the Rum Went
In 2009, after spending several years in development hell, a film based upon the early Hunter S. Thomson novel The Rum Diary (a book not published until the late '90s) went before cameras with Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) directing from his own script, and Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins starring. The movie took months to film, and then many more months to secure distribution. It was only in February of this year that FilmDistrict stepped in to release the movie. The trailer [1] -- a lively, sometimes frantic, and fairly entertaining collection of footage -- dropped not long ago. Now check out a poster for the film in which Johnny Depp essentially reprises his role as Thompson. The Rum Diary arrives on October 28, as the poster proclaims. [2] Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America,
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New poster for Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

Bruce Robinson is bringing Hunter S Thompson's The Rum Diary to the big screen, with the help of Johnny Depp. Here's the poster to prove it...

For his next movie, Johnny Depp is heading back to ground he previously trod in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, the Terry Gilliam film in which he portrayed author Hunter S Thompson.

With The Rum Diary, Depp is now appearing in a film based on a Thompson book, and what’s particularly interesting about this one is the man who’s directing.

That man is Bruce Robinson, who brought us Withnail And I and How To Get Ahead In Advertising. It’s Robinson’s first directorial effort since Jennifer 8, way back in 1992, and The Rum Diary was actually shot back in 2009.

The movie co-stars Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins, and is arriving in Us cinemas next month. With that in mind, here
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Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary Trailer Starring Johnny Depp

If you're tired of seeing Johnny Depp sell his soul for virtually every Disney blockbuster in development nowadays, you just might be interested in the very first trailer for The Rum Diary, which finds him returning to '90s territory to star in another Hunter S. Thompson adaptation. The Rum Diary was known for many years as Thompson's "long lost" novel until it was finally published in 1998. It is another pseudo-autobiographical tale of sex, booze and violence about a journalist who moves from New York to Puerto Rico to write for a run-down newspaper. Although technically this is a different character, Depp is clearly reprising his manic role from Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is a lot of fun to watch. While this might not be another instant classic without someone like Gilliam at the helm, Bruce Robinson previously directed Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising
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