4 items from 2017
Author: Jon Lyus
Today sees the release of a new trailer for Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and very handsome it’s looking too. The Fifth Element director has gathered quite a cast to bring his bold new vision to life. Cara Delevingne, and Dane DeHaan lead the film as our two government operatives, facing off against an alien threat.
The first trailer we saw was epic in scope, and today’s new peek opens up the world even more. Besson’s eye for stylish action has never left him, despite his dalliance with the Arthur and those pesky Invisibles. Two of his films made between Valerian and its most obvious forebear, The Fifth Element, showed off another side to Besson. The wonderful The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec from 2010 and 2013’s The Lady were noticeably Bessonian (that’s a word now »
- Jon Lyus
Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017
It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!
Simon Brew Jan 31, 2017
Live By Night is now a big flop, apparently. Sony is writing its film business down by $1bn. This is all headline news. But at what cost?
Last week, a story started doing the rounds that Ben Affleck’s latest directorial outing, Live By Night, has been a major financial failure for Warner Bros. The film, reported Variety, has left a $75m hole in Warner Bros’ pockets, off the back of less than chipper reviews and – more pertinently for Warner Bros – weak box office. The film cost $65m to make, with marketing and distribution costs on top. The current worldwide takings for Live By Night are sat at just shy of $20m, and thus the red ink.
It was disappointing, though, in the aftermath of that news to see it become almost widely-celebrated headline news, to the point where even the BBC knocked together a list of ‘costly film flops’. Ben Affleck, »
Turner Classic Movies and Robert Osborne are getting some healthy competition as Cohen Media Group launches ‘Cohen Film Classics,’ a new classic film series, hosted and curated by Cmg CEO and consummate cinephile Charles Cohen. The series premieres Friday night, with Academy Award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman’s 2013 documentary, “What is Cinema?”
Workman’s documentary combines archival interviews with film visionaries such as Chantal Akerman, Robert Bresson, Robert Altman, and Akira Kurosawa, along with newly conducted ones with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas. In their own words, the filmmakers explore the meaning of the art to which they have devoted their lives.
Following the premiere of “What Is Cinema?,” the series will show these four films every Friday in February: “Sudden Fear,” from 1952, featuring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, “Hangmen Also Die,” Fritz Lang »
- Jude Dry
4 items from 2017