6 items from 2011
With their archaic Odeon finally being given a 21st century makeover – nobody there received the memos about 3D, digital projectors or air conditioning – Whiteleys shopping centre in West London looked set to be cinema-less for this Christmas period.
But at the time of year for miracles, here on Queensway there has been one. The Nomad cinema has arrived to cure the winter blues with a series of classic movies – from cult classics like The Big Lebowski, greats from yesteryear like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and contemporary films that have made a smash like the funniest comedy of this year, Bridesmaids.
Famed as a traveling cinema, Nomad has dropped its anchor in the vacant store next door to HMV – a perfect location to blindside entertainment hungry shoppers. Think of it as watching a film in your mate’s garage on his massive projector. Admittedly this would require you to have an »
- Adam Rayner
A 1999 demo promoting the ruinously expensive Shenmue (called “What’s Shenmue?”) featured an exclusive scene in which then company president Yukawa-san could be seen slumped at his desk, head in hands, surrounded by piles of unsold consoles (above). Deep down, Sega must have known the Dreamcast didn’t stand a chance even before they axed it two years later.
Even though the Sega Dreamcast enjoyed a relatively short lifespan (officially somewhere between its 1998 Japanese launch and late 2002 termination) and wasn’t supported at all by the most powerful publisher of the day (Electronic Arts) the well-loved machine still boasts an impressive library of titles.
Even extending this “best of” list, from the originally planned 10 to a whopping 30 games, has seen me leave out such gems as cult top-down shooter Ikaruga, well-regarded sports sim NHL 2K2, online deathmatch game Outtrigger, stylish BioWare-made shooter MDK2 and Street Fighter III: Double Impact (to »
- Robert Beames
Martin Scorsese's Paradiso Outdoor Cinema, St Germans
Scorsese isn't the first person you picture paddling in a Cornish estuary, but Port Eliot Festival has persuaded him to curate a season of evening double bills. His selection is defiantly old school – 1974's Murder On The Orient Express is the most recent. There are sumptuous epics such as The Leopard and The Red Shoes, and classic noirs Human Desire and The Narrow Margin. For more up-to-date fare (and more shelter), the parallel Paradiso Piccolo indoor event has newer documentaries and features including Project Nim, Velvet Goldmine and author Kevin Sampson introducing his rock'n'roll saga Powder.
Port Eliot, Thu to 24 Jul
The Flipside With Jenny Agutter, London
From The Railway Children to Walkabout, Logan's Run to An American Werewolf In London, Jenny Agutter has long occupied a special place in the hearts (and fantasies) of a certain demographic. Those foragers of the »
- Steve Rose
Moore (Shelter, Hannibal) will star opposite Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy) in the adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice, the first installment in the fantasy-adventure series The Wardstone Chronicles. This represent Warner Bros. Pictures second attempt in decade at an exorcism movie.
Moore will play Mother Malkin, the most evil of witches who practices blood magic. Bridges was earlier cast as Exorcist Master Gregory, aka The Spook.
The plot is based on a 13-year-old farm boy named Tom who lives in the countryside of The County. Because Tom is the seventh son of a seventh son he is able to see things others cannot, such as boggarts, ghasts, ghosts and others, which is customary practice in The County. »
- Nikola Mraovic
Screen Gems has been very keen on landing Pettyfer for their adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling young-adult books "The Mortal Instruments". However, Vulture reports that talks have reached an impasse and Pettyfer won't be starring. It's news seemingly confirmed this week by an open casting call that was announced for the role he was intended to play.
So what happened? Pettyfer has instead been offered the lead role in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s best-selling series "The Last Apprentice" (aka. "The Wardstone Chronicles"), a book series he's much more a fan of apparently.
The story deals with a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s and already other stars are circling including Jeff Bridges in the role of the boy's mentor, »
- Garth Franklin
Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News
Perhaps the most anticipated release this week is Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, a groundbreaking indie thriller starring Ryan Reynolds who wakes up to find himself buried alive, but much more is at play in this ingenious film. David Michod’s Animal Kingdom — about a 17-year old coping with life in a criminal family – was also a festival favorite on the indie scene; Freakonomics is an anthology from six innovative documentary filmmakers that explores the hidden side of everything; and two classics from director Samuel Fuller — Naked Kiss, a film noir about a prostitute who finds redemption; and Shock Corridor, about a journalist who commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange murder — get the Blu-Ray treatment from Criterion Collection.
- Travis Keune
6 items from 2011
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