8 items from 2011
Graham King’s Gk Films is planning to make a film about the largest air battle in history. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped Robert Towne (Chinatown) to pen the script for The Battle of Britain. The air fight took place in 1940 over London, when the Royal Air Force took on the German Luftwaffe for control of the British airspace which ultimately prevented the Nazi invasion of Britain. It’s a personal story for King, as his father lived in London at the time and watched the dog fight over the city. Towne is no stranger to action oriented character-centric fare, as he’s also responsible for the scripts for Mission: Impossible and Days of Thunder. The scribe most recently wrote the HBO miniseries Pompeii for Ridley Scott's Scott Free productions. He's also writing a pilot for Scott Free/Fox called Compadora and Next of Kin for producers David Fincher, »
- Adam Chitwood
Graham King’s Gk Films has hired Robert Towne to write The Battle Of Britain, a script about the largest and most sustained air battle to date. King and Tim Headington will produce. In 1940, the Royal Air Force battled the German Luftwaffe for control of British airspace over the city of London, which ultimately prevented a Nazi invasion of Britain. For King, it was a courageous battle his father told him about when he was growing up. “My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dog fight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” King said in a statement. “I am also extremely excited to be joining forces with the iconic Robert Towne who is a master of mixing complex characters and tremendously compelling plots. Robert has a passion for history and a shared love of this particular story. »
- MIKE FLEMING
After his first, and very popular, top ten for Blogomatic3000 on virus outbreaks in the movies, author and critic Kim Newman is back once again with and all-new Top 10 inspired by the eminent release of the awesome comedy horror Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, which hits stores next week…
The clever joke at the heart of the witty horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs Evil is that college kids who go camping in the backwoods have seen so many movies about degenerate, inbred killer hillbillies they’re terrified even of basically sweet-natured, if ill-groomed folks like the eponymous duo played by Tyler Lebine and Alan Tudyk. In truth, the American cinema hasn’t been especially enlightened in its depiction of the rural poor of the Appalachians and other mountainous backwoods regions, but it hasn’t presented quite as overwhelmingly negative a vision as you might think.
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Writer whose novels signalled a sea-change in British literature
Stan Barstow, who has died aged 83, belonged to a generation of working-class writers who became famous in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Like his peers Alan Sillitoe, John Braine, David Storey and Keith Waterhouse, he was born in the depression years of the interwar period and flowered as a novelist in the booming welfare state of postwar Britain. Barstow and his fellow, primarily northern, writers were products of this remarkable transformation in the social landscape of Britain, and their creativity was fuelled by the opportunities and anxieties that such an enormous process of change inevitably generated.
Barstow arrived on the literary scene in 1960 with his first published novel, A Kind of Loving. An unsentimental and unpatronising portrayal of an unhappy marriage, it struck a new note of sombre and sensitive realism. He was riding the crest of a wave: Braine's »
"If you want the ultimate, you've gotta be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love." - Bodhi
1990 was the year I turned fifteen. Even back then I was cinephile. So, that particular year was a landmark for me, as I suspect it was for many others like myself, living in the UK at the time, who were finally granted access to the next level of cinema.
In a pre-Internet age it was an incredibly big deal and one that meant I no longer had to pretend to act like an assured, confident and mature patron of my cinema just to watch a film I was excited about, something that, since I turned eighteen, I've never done again.
Having been raised to appreciate movies on their own merits, »
Without sounding like Trainspotting’s Renton, writer/director Oren Moverman and co-writer Alessandro Camo’s poignant new drama, The Messenger, is about ‘choosing life’. But it’s not enough to simply be alive; you need to have a purpose, too – something anyone can relate to. The unique situation dealt with in the much delayed film – originally completed in 2099 – about two military officers (played by Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson) tasked with telling loved ones about a fallen soldier is thankfully not an environment most have to encounter. That said if, like this author, you are a Forces’ NoK (Next of Kin), the full impact of the story hits home like a cold, sobering shock.
Given the task of notifying loved ones of those killed in action, decorated and injured ‘war hero’ Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Foster) is less than pleased with his new peace-time assignment, and even less so to be on call, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
I'm actually at a slight loss as to how to introduce Liam Neeson. He's a magnificent actor, who's been in my life for decades, always defying expectations and as adept at portraying heartbreak in the likes of Love Actually as he is at breaking bones in Taken.
His geek credentials run far and deep, from John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981, as one of the heroic thieves in the mighty Krull, playing the redneck brother to Patrick Swayze and Bill Paxton in Next Of Kin, as the tormented Peyton Westlake in Darkman, before a tremendous dramatic run including Schindler's List, Nell, Rob Roy and Michael Collins led him to become a Jedi Knight in The Phantom Menace.
The list of Neeson's towering performances is incredible, »
Although it's easy to forget, the 90's were a hugely influential era, so much so that many of our modern day necessities were invented within it. In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee developed the Internet and its subsequent language (HTML); in 1995, the VHS welcomed its main rival and subsequent successor, the Digital Versatile Disc (DVD); and in 1998, male impotency met its match through the mass-production of Viagra. However, while the 90's marked an impressive era for technology, it was the evolution of television - especially comedy shows - that we should be most thankful for. Men Behaving Badly, The Vicar of Dibley, The Fast Show, Mr. Bean, Goodness Gracious Me, Never Mind the Buzzcocks - the list really does go on and on.
8 items from 2011
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