5 items from 2017
Chris here, showering love an underpraised actress. It's Rosario Dawson's birthday! Dawson is always everywhere and usually when you least expect her - this year alone she's popped up on your TV screens (various Netflix Marvel shows), in animation (The Lego Batman Movie), and some good old schlock (Unforgettable). Those may be more populist fare, but she's always been something of an indie darling ever since her debut in the controversial Kids (1995), effortlessly charming no matter the genre or budget. By now after working with majors like Tarantino and Danny Boyle, you would think she would have some awards love somewhere to go with a tireless career. Nope, not even a Globe nomination for being the best part of Rent. I'd imagine once she lands in a major awards contender, that will quickly change.
Perhaps that omission is due to what a natural, unshowy presence Dawson is onscreen regardless »
- Chris Feil
Paul McGann (Withnail & I), Tom Bateman (Jekyll & Hyde) and Sean Teale (Reign) star in the story of a gay couple who return to bait the owner of a remote B&B one year after they successfully sued him for not allowing them to share a bed.
However, events take a deadly turn when a guest with even more sinister intentions arrives.
The film premiered at the London Independent Film Festival in April, where it won best Lgbt film. It has also played at the Ecu Independent Film Festival in Paris.
Jayne Chard produced for her banner Hummingbird Films. The project had backing from Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Pont Neuf Productions. Jon Finn, Ricky Margolis and Simon Graham-Clare were executive producers, Isabelle Georgeaux was a co-producer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of T2 Trainspotting, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Danny Boyle as director.
After almost deciding to become a priest early in his teens, Boyle instead found something else that sparked his interest; drama. He studied English and drama in college, and upon graduating worked for several theatre companies. Eventually, he began to direct productions, something he still does to this day between film projects. In 1987 he left theater to work for BBC in Ireland and became a producer and director of television shows. He directed several TV movies before making his first feature film in 1994, Shallow Grave. That film found widespread appeal in audiences and critics alike, and became the highest grossing British film in 1995. The success of that film allowed »
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MaryAnn’s quick take… The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting’s punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism. Which is exactly right. I’m “biast” (pro): love the 1996 film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Choose life,” Mark Renton suggested back in 1996, when he was a heroin addict in Edinburgh. Mark’s advice was ironic, of course, because he “chose not to choose life” and was courting death by overdose or death by AIDS-acquired-via-a-shared-needle. But the life he was rebelling against was one of conformity and consumerism — “choose a fucking big television; choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers” — a life in which no one actually has much choice anyway. So, while Trainspotting hardly romanticizes drug addiction — the film’s depictions of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Time can play cruel tricks. A recent strain of Hollywood movie showed us the cosy side of nostalgia - the dinosaurs roaring again in Jurassic World, the Millennium Falcon taking flight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but there can be a bittersweet, even cruel side to the lure of old memories.
For Renton (Ewan McGregor), heading back to his old stomping ground in Edinburgh after 20 years is akin to opening a box of old photographs. There’s a comfort at seeing old faces, but then the regret starts flooding back: the drugs, the alcohol, the friends he's lost and »
5 items from 2017
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