4 items from 2015
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.
And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al. »
With the release of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 from Titan Comics due on the 18th March, Villordsutch chats with writer Cavan Scott….
Villordsutch: Just to break some ice Cavan, who was your Doctor and also your favourite assistant (before they became Companions)?
Cavan Scott: Ah, the age old question for Doctor Who fans. I’m a child of the 70s and so my first Doctor was the Fourth, Tom Baker. He did, however, terrify me, when I was nipper. Those eyes! That voice! Still, he became entrenched as my favourite Doctor – but I’m very fond of the three 1980s Doctors as well. As the 80s rolled on, Doctor Who grew and grew as part of my young life as I discovered Doctor Who Magazine, the comic strip, fanzines and more. Tom’s Doctor hooked me, but the 80s made me a ‘fan’.
Companion-wise, do I have to choose one? »
Writing for V Magazine, the actor said that the pair had previously discussed potential film plots.
Franco wrote: "She has this idea for a film. I want to do it because it's a little like Sunset Boulevard. A woman is alone in a big house in La. She doesn't want to go out. She starts to go crazy, and becomes paranoid because she feels like people are watching her. Even in her own house.
"It's like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana's head. It's about her, and it's not about her. Just like her music."
Franco also explained that he has trouble persuading the star to sit down with him and talk about her ideas.
He said: "I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, 'Just write around me, »
With love for last year's cinema.
2015 has a lot to live up to. This past year delivered amazing films from fresh-voiced directors, a good number of them female for a change, and it also came through, unexpectedly, with a surprising spread of high quality empathetic and diverse Lgbt cinema. But even if you're stuck in multiplex-only towns, the mainstream also delivered with sneaky overachieving surprises in genres as oft-lazy as superheroes, horror, animation, giant monsters, and crime thrillers. When it came time to draw up my lists I had 30 pictures I really wanted to celebrate. Thirty!
So let's briefly sum up (alphabetically) the films that just missed the top 20
The Boxtrolls - Laika's boldly grotesque superbly-voiced Victorian fable.
Godzilla - Smartly reimagined not as reboot but myth returned. The paratroopers. Gah!
- NATHANIEL R
4 items from 2015
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