12 items from 2015
London – Welcome to Mexico’s crossover industry. The 23rd Raindance Festival’s pioneering Focus on Mexico Co-Production Forum gave a London producer audience the chance to discover the energy and ambitions of one of, challenges aside, the world’s flourishing national industries.
Many of those ambitions, if the eight projects presented by Mexican directors and producers, are anything to go on, now run through the U.S.
Five titles are in some way Mexican-u.S. crossovers. Though all made by Mexican filmmakers, two are set totally in the U.S, one off its shore, another couple straddle Los Angeles and Latin America. Two Raindance project directors – Grau and Ezban – have been signed up by Paradigm Talent Agency.
The question at the Focus on Mexico was to what the burgeoning Mexico-u.S. film axis could interest potential U.K. co-producers.
Montserrat Larque’s “Over There,” a cutting-edge emigration comedy, is set »
- John Hopewell
Jack Zagha’s “A Useless Puddle,” Jonathan Ostos Yaber’s “The Morphable Man” and Jorge Michel Grau’s “Yamaha 300” figure among feature projects chosen to form part of Focus on Mexico. The co-production forum has been launched by London’s Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Mexico’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Fest and Variety.
Running Sept. 30-Oct.1, Focus on Mexico aims to strengthen networking between the British and Mexican film industries, and develop financial, business and investment opportunities to co-produce films among both countries.
Jack Zagha, whose dark comedy “Goodbye Cruel World” won best narrative feature at 2010 Austin Film Fest and was acquired by HBO in the U.S., will present at the forum “A Useless Puddle,” a social drama on a teacher in crisis, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Shot over the course of one year in the director’s own family and pitched as a “space and time odyssey” by Mer Film, “From The Balcony” will weave live action and animation to depict Giæver’s colorful and absurd thoughts.
“Out of Nature” gave audiences a taste of (Ole Giæver)’s hilarious, left-field thoughts and ‘From the Balcony’ will push the envelop even further,” said Maria Ekerhovd who is producing the pic at Mer Film. “To give you a little idea, one scene will feature a laughing dog,” quipped the producer.
Ekerhovd said although the film will shoot in Giaever’s family and in his own apartment, it will be a pure fiction and will star professional actors. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Shootouts and fist-fights are no longer a young man’s game. Hollywood is rebranding ageing actors as action heroes – but it still discards older women
Male careers in the movies have always been longer than female ones, but until recently there was only one real route to on-screen immortality – to the certified, gold-standard agelessness of, say, Cary Grant. (In North By Northwest, Grant, then 55, not only appeared opposite a woman 20 years younger than him, Eva Marie Saint, his screen mother was played by someone only seven years his senior.) The key principle is suavity: the refusal to break a sweat; sophistication with the faintest hint of self‑mockery; the actor letting us know that he is old enough to know how silly this all is.
There are still disciples following that path up the mountain to the sunny uplands of longevity – perhaps we should think of this as Mount Rushmore »
- Adam Mars-Jones
Other notable wins include Haider’s “Submarine,” which received the future filmmaker award, with Marc Fouchard’s “The Way of Tea,” David Darg’s “Body Team 12″ and Gabriel Osorio’s “Bear Story” winning audience awards.
“It’s been a spectacular success on all fronts for ShortFest this year, with a uniformly ecstatic response from audience and filmmakers alike for the screenings, the panels and seminars and the special events the Festival mounted,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. “With record numbers of attendees and filmmakers, the Festival lived up to its growing reputation as one of the most important events of its kind in the world.”
330 short films screened at the festival, which runs from June 16-22, along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market. »
- Variety Staff
A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm the quick brown fox... "We both know things can't be undone." -Trudy "Says who?" -Pete "Mad Men" has chronicled a period of enormous social change (and taken place in a time of enormous change in television), yet it's often seemed agnostic on whether individual change is possible. Over the course of the series, fashions shifted and opportunities rose for women and minorities, but were the "Mad Men" characters themselves really changing with the times? Peggy has certainly grown, yet we've seen Don and Roger and Joan and others have epiphany after epiphany, only to eventually lean back on their old habits. (And even Peggy hasn't been immune to stagnation in her personal life, even as she's evolved professionally.) If anything, Don's frequent backsliding has been one of the most common complaints I've heard about the series' »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you had told me, during Mad Men‘s can’t-miss-it earlier seasons, that the second-to-last episode of the series would feature Don getting beat down by a bunch of yokels, miles from anyone he knows, I would’ve told you to stick your Butler Footwear somewhere the sun don’t shine.
But here we are, stuck in a no-tell motel in the middle of East Bumbletruck, watching Draper get conned down by a kid — and not in a terribly compelling fashion — and the series finale is a mere week away. Oh, and Pete and Trudy are reuniting and Betty’s dying. »
Those of us who lead hapless lives know how frightening getting up in the morning can be. Instead of rising and embracing the daylight with an ardent cuddle and a zealous "Yahoo!" we see grey clouds overhead and wonder aloud, "What now?" Another egg carton with broken shells? A second bedbug infestation within twelve months? Still no replies to our Christian Mingles ad even though we've noted we can recite the Book of Revelation by heart in Latin?
Ah, if only we were born into a family of elites. The ultra-rich. Aristocrats with an enviable gene pool.
But instead we're impoverished and pear-shaped with squinty eyes and in need of Proactiv+.
On top of these misfortunes, we really know the gods are against us if while fingering the remote, we accidentally come across Joshua Jackson in The Skulls (2000), and begin to watch it out of inertia. This incapacitating thriller was inspired by Yale's secretive society, »
- Brandon Judell
One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.
For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.
As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »
Sonic the Hedgehog #269: Champions Part 2
Writer: Ian Flynn
Penciller: Diana Skelly
Inker: Terry Austin
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Licensed by Sega
Time for the main event! In this exciting issue of Sonic the Hedgehog, we finally get to the long awaited fights of the “Sonic the Fighters” story arc.
At the top of the comic, we are treated to a part two of the flashback concerning Sonic’s “rescuing” of Breezie. As it turns out, she had been giving his location away to Robotnik’s various badniks and now Silver Sonic, who is based on Sonic 2‘s Mecha Sonic. Breezie then reveals in a somewhat tragic twist that she was out on the streets without a job or a home. When we snap back to the current time, we see that its her flashback, and she knows that she can still manipulate the Blue Blur.
We then jump »
- Robert Mcguigan
Arriving fashionably late to the party is the speciality of these female TV characters. They’re not the Cousin Olivers or the Scrappy Doos of the television world, but the regulars and recurring roles who enter a show once it’s established and help it on its way to greatness. Their respective shows may not have known they needed them right at the start, but they soon proved themselves indispensable and much-loved parts of their TV universes.
From Paige Matthews to Winifred Burkle, Ro Laren and more then, let’s celebrate the women whose appearance in our favourite shows were better late than never...
Kitty Winter – Elementary
When she arrived: season three episode one, Enough Nemesis To Go Around.
Now that the initial overcrowding issue has »
Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then our episode roadmap features are for you.
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist of »
12 items from 2015
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