11 items from 2014
Edited by Bob Joyce for the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards where Peter Taylor (Gravity) won Camera Operator of the Year for Feature Film and Don Devine ("Mad Men") won Camera Operator of the Year for Television the following four minute video, featuring the past, present and future of the motion picture camera was shown. Set to the tune of John Murphy's "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)", the video is sure to feature some familiar faces and films from Louis Lumiere's Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory to the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and on through the years. It includes the introduction of Cinerama and VistaVision, the Red camera and IMAX up to and including films such as Zodiac, Collateral, Avatar, Gravity and Her. Give it a watch, I bet you'll enjoy it. »
- Brad Brevet
Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day the Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan's timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.­­­
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected - in their ultimate fight for redemption. »
Here’s all the information you need to secure your copy of Keanu Reeves latest action adventure, 47 Ronin. If you need a refresher on the amazing warrior tale, here’s the trailer, followed by the official press release.
Trailer: 47 Ronin
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Universal City, California, February 4, 2014— Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day The Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its »
- Jess Orso
Some directors have their niches and genres that they like to focus on, while others are free to move around and do all sorts of projects. It is hard to think of a better example of the latter than Danny Boyle, the British director who can do everything: sci-fi (Sunshine), horror (28 Days Later), family drama (Millions) and inspirational true story (127 Hours). He’s pretty much done it all and now, he’s looking to add sports biopic to that eclectic list.
Reports are surfacing that say Boyle may be reuniting with his Oscar-winning team from Slumdog Millionaire – producer Christian Colson and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy – for a biopic of tennis icon Billie Jean King. According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, Boyle was in town to meet with King to discuss his involvement with the project, which will focus on King’s “Battles of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs. »
- Jordan Adler
With last year’s “Trance” ending up a financial disappointment — it made roughly only $250,000 more than his theatrical debut “Shallow Grave” — Danny Boyle has gone into TV’s warm embrace for the time being with his pilot for the police series “Babylon” (read our review here). While we wait for updates on his fictionalized adaptation of the documentary “Smash And Grab” and the long-discussed “Trainspotting” sequel, why not take a stroll down memory lane with Boyle as he talks about “Sunshine.” In a Q&A panel for the winter edition of the Shuffle Festival last December, Boyle sat down with physicist Brian Cox — who acted as a consultant on the film — and BBC film critic Mark Kermode to parse the questions raised by the 2007 science fiction film. The panel lasts just over an hour and finds Boyle in top form as he slags “fantasy sci-fi” like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek »
- Cain Rodriguez
What if a new intelligence was born asks the offical teaser poster for the Wally Pfister helmed sci-fi thriller 'Transcendence'. The Warner Bros production, starring Johnny Depp as a researcher who pushes Articial Intelligence to the very boundaries of scientific endeavour, marks Pfister's directorial debut. 'Transcendence' also stars Cillian Murphy ('Sunshine'), Morgan Freeman ('Now You See Me'), Paul Bettany ('Legion'), Rebecca Hall ('The Awakening'), Cole Hauser, Kate Mara ('House of Cards'), Josh Stewart ('The Collector') and Clifton Collins Jr. with Christopher Nolan ('Interstellar', 'Inception') attached as producer. Check out the new poster below. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Feature Ivan Radford 23 Jan 2014 - 06:21
Ivan's latest column explores what music can tell us about a character through two new UK soundtrack releases
Music is a powerful thing. It can be used to express authority or portray identity. The very act of playing music defines us, as both performers or listeners. That relationship we have with it makes for two extremely powerful soundtracks currently accompanying movies in UK cinemas: Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave.
"Play me something from Inside Llewyn Davis," manager Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham) challenges Oscar Isaac's lead in the middle of the Coen brothers' film. Llewyn responds with The Death of Queen Jane, an old ballad from the 1500s that recounts the tale of King Henry losing his wife, Jane Seymour, to gain a son. It's not a happy song.
It's also a clear statement from Llewyn: he's not afraid of sadness. »
Director Danny Boyle first came to the attention of film fans with 1996′s Trainspotting, following that up with critically acclaimed features such as 28 Days Later…, Sunshine, and Slumdog Millionaire. Many fans of the director were intrigued to learn that he would be moving back to television, where his career began. Titled Babylon, Boyle is onboard as a director and executive producer, the series is created by Four Lions and Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and stars Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Adam Deacon, and James Robinson. The first trailer for the series, which will make its debut on February 9 on Channel 4, has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Director: Kim Hyeon-seok. Review: Chris Sawin. A physicist named Woo-seok (Jung Jae-young) is driven by grief after his wife dies and works on making his life's work, a time machine...come to fruition. That dream becomes a reality three years later when Woo-seok is able to create a worm hole inside of a black hole. Woo-seok's work is dubbed the Trotsky project, but unfortunately is only capable of sending a person 24 hours into the future. The financial backers of the project require some sort of proof that Woo-seok and his team can actually jump forward in time in order to keep their funding. Woo-seok brings Young-eun (Kim Ok-bin) along with him. Their time jump is a success and they arrive at 11 A.M. the following morning, but the lab is in ruins and there doesn't seem to be any survivors. What could possibly happen in the next 24 hours that would cause this much devastation? »
• More films to look out for in 2014
Ask a sci-fi fan to name the greatest ever year for genre movies and they will probably nod towards 1982, when Blade Runner, Et, Tron, Conan the Barbarian and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hit cinemas. It's difficult to predict a return to such dizzy heights in 2014, not least because so many of the movies on offer are remakes, sequels or rip-offs. The celluloid world has had its edges rounded off since the halcyon days of the early 80s, but there's still plenty to get excited about.
Those who shudder at the thought of yet another year of superhero flicks will no doubt be pleased to hear that »
- Ben Child
11 items from 2014
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