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In the history of indie film, sequels haven’t been very common. If we exclude horror movies, that is. And now documentaries. There’s Clerks II, S. Darko, John Duigan’s Flirting, Wayne Wang’s Blue in the Face, Lars von Trier’s Manderlay, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? and I guess The Road Warrior (and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome). There tend to be weird circumstances and technicalities for a lot of them, too. One of the purest examples of an indie sequel is, of course, Before Midnight, which is even rarer for being a third part. It’s possibly the most beloved and critically acclaimed film of the year, and it could very well lead a new wave of follow ups to indie favorites and cult classics that aren’t necessarily easily banked genre flicks. Back in May we learned of another indie threequel in the works, Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle. The »
- Christopher Campbell
Naomi Watts is a good actress. There, I’ve got that out of the way. Although originally born in Shoreham, Kent, Watts began her career in 1986 appearing in The Love Alone, before setting on that familiar path of Australia-based actors – soaps. She then went on to supporting roles in films such as Flirting (good film, you should see it) before properly exploding onto the Hollywood scene with David Lynch’s surreal mind-f**k Mulholland Drive.
Since that role, she’s had an up-and-down career, churning out both brilliant films and absolute clunkers. She’s obviously extremely talented – you don’t get Oscar nominations for no reason – but like most actors outside of Daniel Day-Lewis, can occasionally fall foul of poor decision-making or a bad performance. From the advance reviews it appears she’s struck disaster again with Diana. For my money, this is a shame – most of the time, she »
- Edward Owen
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
It was the small scenes in this episode that added to the richness and depth of a series that has now firmly established itself as great television
Spoiler Alert: This blog is published after Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the Us on Sunday at 9pm Et. Do not read on unless you have watched episode three (which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm). As ever, we are going to (hopefully) avoid book spoilers as well.
Click here for Sarah Hughes' season three, episode two blog
"If you want to sit on the Iron Throne of Westeros, you will need to get blood on your hands"
This was great: a taut, thrilling episode, which managed to cover a great deal of ground both in plot and character development. It's always hard to judge an adaptation apart from the original material, and even more »
- Sarah Hughes
Washington, Feb 8: Naomi Watts, who had a tough time getting established in Hollywood when she first moved there in the early 90s, has said that her A-list friend Nicole Kidman's words of encouragement helped her to stay motivated.
"She kept saying, 'It's just going to take one thing, one thing, Nay, and you know, if you're in a hit film...then everything changes'," Us magazine quoted her as saying during an interview with CBS' 'Sunday Morning.'
The 44-year-old actress and Kidman, co-starred in Australian indie film 'Flirting' back in 1991, and have remained close friends ever since.
She explained that she first moved. »
- Anita Agarwal
Nicole Kidman stopped Naomi Watts from giving up her acting dreams. Naomi, 44 and 45-year-old Nicole have been friends since working together on the movie 'Flirting' in 1991 and when Nicole's Hollywood career took off, she urged Naomi not to give up. Speaking on CBS' 'Sunday Morning', Naomi said: 'She kept saying, 'It's just going to take one thing, one thing, Nay, and you know, if you're in a hit film...then everything changes.' 'Oh my God, I mean, I considered myself fairly sensitive, but I don't think a strong person could cope with [rejection] over and over again. There were moments when I was sure I was done. Oh yeah, but I didn't have a plan B really, I didn't.' »
The last and only time Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts appeared in a movie together was in the 1991 indie Flirting. Considering what besties they are, one would think they would have reunited on the big screen by now. Sadly, they haven't. But it's not like they don't want to. "We're looking," Kidman told me at the Producers Guild of America Awards. In fact, Watts added, "We've been looking for a long time now. But both of us have…picky tastes. It has to be the right piece." Kidman pleaded with a smile, "Somebody think of something, please!" Not that the two aren't busy enough. Both just wrapped films in which they play two of »
7 items from 2013
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